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Overcoming, looking past disabilities

Posted October 27, 2015 by Richard W. Essary

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — A series of wrong choices one night – driving too fast without a seat belt – resulted in an automobile accident that would leave 17-year-old Todd Henrie with a lifelong disability. Accident investigators estimated Henrie entered a 25 mph corner doing nearly 100 mph before he hit a telephone pole that…

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Airman beats leukemia into remission

Posted May 15, 2017 by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson

In January 2012, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Worley, a 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, an uncommon form of blood-cell cancer that starts in the blood-forming bone marrow cells.

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Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

Posted June 16, 2017 by Senior Airman Chandler Baker

June 25, 1996 at 10:15 p.m., a large truck pulls into a parking lot across the fence line from the military housing complex known as Khobar Towers in near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted October 28, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman's experience to shed light on this issue.

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California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

Posted November 8, 2017 by Shannon Collins

After losing his arm and leg in battle, a Hawaiian soldier being treated at the Naval Medical Center San Diego told his doctors that more than anything else, he wanted to surf again.

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Life with Lizzy

Posted November 3, 2017 by Whitney Delbridge Nichels

The saying goes “all dogs go to heaven,” but for many service dogs, their time on Earth is spent helping people who have seen more than the average human being. Such is the case for Army Master Sgt. Leigh Michel and her service dog Lizzy.

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Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty

Posted November 18, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes.

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The road to recovery; Airman defines true meaning of resilience

Posted April 24, 2017 by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado

Second Lt. Ryan Novack, the 36th Munitions Squadron flight leader, always wanted to race dirt bikes. After learning about a track here in Guam, it was only a matter of time before he hopped on a bike and pursued his hobby.

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A first sergeant’s 20-year journey from hardship to success

Posted October 17, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Warren Wright

For 1st Sgt. Gina Aceves, the dream of joining the Army began when she was in fifth grade when a meeting with an Army recruiter gave her an idea for how she could raise her family out of financial hardship and allow them to stay in the United States.

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Quadriplegics share their strength at luncheon

Posted November 6, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Members of the 412th Test Wing recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month during a luncheon hosted by the 412th Communications Squadron Oct. 28 at Club Muroc.

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