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Holocaust child survivor speaks at Luke AFB

Posted April 26, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., held its Days of Remembrance April 20, 2017, honoring the memory of the lives lost during the atrocities of the Holocaust. In attendance was Charlotte Adelman, a child survivor during World War II in Paris, France. Adelman spoke with the men and women of Luke and shared her story of…

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I lost my son: Airman turns tragedy into therapy through resilience

Posted February 23, 2017 by Master Sgt. Beth Anschutz

It took a failed suicide attempt and court-ordered therapy for her life to change.

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Choosing to live

Posted November 6, 2015 by an anonymous Airman

I have worked for the federal government for 13 years and in each and every one of those years, I have been through suicide awareness and prevention training. I have completed the Resiliency Training Assistant course, and I have even taught resiliency at Wingman Days. I know the toolsets to help and have a set…

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Art therapy provides lifeline for wounded warriors

Posted November 13, 2015 by By Terri Moon CronkDoD News

WASHINGTON — Service members who take part in art therapy to soothe the symptoms of war’s invisible wounds display acts of courage and resilience to put them in control of their lives, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today. Speaking at the 2015 Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Recognition “Show of Strength” event at…

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Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Posted September 23, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.

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Message of Holocaust survivor and his liberator: Never forget

Posted May 1, 2017 by Don Wagner

Ernest Gross, 19, was in a long line of other prisoners awaiting certain death in the Dachau gas chambers and crematorium that lay ahead. He did not care. All but two brothers and a sister from his family of nine had been exterminated earlier by the Nazis.

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Face of Defense: Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer

Posted September 25, 2015 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — For many people, Independence Day is all about celebration, spending time with family and watching fireworks light up the night sky. But for Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson, July 4, 2014, was not a day for celebrating. On that day, just two months after his daughter, Ayda,…

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Face of Defense: Ranger School graduate inspires candidates

Posted October 21, 2015 by Danielle Wallingsford Kirkland

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Speaking to a room-full of infantry lieutenants at the 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters here Oct. 2, Army 2nd Lt. Michael Janowski sought to motivate recent Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course graduates with his story of resilience as they prepared to begin the Ranger course in a couple of days….

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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

Posted April 28, 2016 by adriennek

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years,…

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A Trek for Life Thirteen wounded veterans are selected for Raytheon, No Barriers expedition

Posted September 25, 2015 by Raytheon Public Affairs

It’s an adventure that will change lives. The nonprofit No Barriers Warriors has selected 13 highly decorated wounded warriors for its Veteran Wilderness Expedition through the Grand Canyon, which takes place Oct. 12-21. No Barriers adventure treks are designed to empower wounded warriors, helping them to overcome obstacles and unleash their potential. Raytheon is underwriting the expedition. It will push…

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