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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Lilliana Moreno Overcoming Adversity

Service Dog lends war veteran a helping paw

What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members?

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Everyday Heroes

Airman earns medal for rescuing double amputee from flood

In total darkness, with temperatures only in the high 30s and in the midst of a monstrous rainstorm, Tech. Sgt. Phillip Dyer waded into rapidly-moving, chest-deep-and-rising waters to save a trapped, flood victim on the verge of hypothermia and drowning.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer Overcoming Adversity

A commander’s story of survival

The sound of tire treads rolling over a smooth driveway was the only sound that could be heard on the street Col. John Boudreaux lived when he and his wife, Susi, pulled up to it.

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom Overcoming Adversity

California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

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.

Army photograph by Whitney Delbridge Nichels Overcoming Adversity

Life with Lizzy

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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Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

Posted  June 16, 2017

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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Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Dallas Johnson
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Face of Defense: Marines get recognition for rescuing trapped motorist

Posted  June 14, 2017

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Dallas Johnson Marine Corps Lt. Col. Vincent Dawson, left, the executive officer of Marine Aircraft Group 41, Marine Forces Reserve, awards Cpl. David Qualls the Navy and Marine Corps medal at the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment headquarters in Houston, May 20, 2017. In 2014, Qualls helped save a man…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Joshua Smoot
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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted  June 14, 2017

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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A kidney for Kai

Posted  May 31, 2017

Sgt. 1st Class Rob Harmon, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade communications section, sat waiting for a meeting at Hunter Army Airfield in December 2016.

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Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge

Posted  May 24, 2017

What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., soon turned into anything but. Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s Wingman concept saved a life May 10, 2017. Capt. Justin Phelps and 1st Lt. Camden Rogers of the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552nd Air Control…

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