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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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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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KMC members honor Kindergraves

Posted May 24, 2017 by

452 American children laid to rest in the Kaiserslautern Kindergraves during the Ramstein Area Chief’s Group and German-American and International Women’s Club’s Kindergraves Memorial Service in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 20, 2017. The Kindergraves are the final resting place for American children who died at or shortly after birth from 1952 to 1971. Every year after…

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Airman reflects on cancer battle, gives back with ‘passion project’

Posted November 22, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Lauren Ely

At 28 years old, then Staff Sgt. Nathan Combs never imagined he would be in a hospital room at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s Wilford Hall receiving chemotherapy.

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Refugee to Airman

Posted September 12, 2018 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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The gift of a lifetime

Posted March 3, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney

Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national waiting list; every 10 minutes another person is added, lengthening the list every year.

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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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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted June 14, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable.

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Premature twin miracles refuse to accept medical odds

Posted November 30, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling

When Matthew and his wife, Mandy, were pregnant with their twin boys, Dean and Luke, she began to feel contractions at 23 weeks, which is significantly shorter than the average 40-week pregnancy.

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Overcoming the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted March 24, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya or Sook, as many people know him, may seem like a happy and carefree Airman at first glance.

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