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Refugee to Airman

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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Couple provides support for foster animals

Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, sheltered animals around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a home.

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Positivity and Persistence: The Barry Goode story

The daily routines of our lives are sometimes taken for granted, with the small things being overlooked, or flat out ignored. Imagine simple things such as walking and standing becoming a hard task that eventually requires assistance to complete.

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Air Force Widow vows to bring awareness to invisible wounds

Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Fla., has post traumatic stress disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45.

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AFRL officer gives freedom new meaning

Air Force Research Laboratory physicist 1st Lt. Simeon Hanks dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Army. His story is not the typical story of most Air Force scientists.

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Veterans visit D.C. monuments, memorials through Honor Flight Network

Posted  June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Whether standing at the Air Force memorial or silently observing the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a program gives military veterans the chance to see monuments and landmarks in the Washington metropolitan area. The Honor Flight Network flies veterans here to visit memorials that honor their service to the…

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Armed Services YMCA 2016 ‘Angels of the Battlefield’ Stories Told

Posted  November 11, 2016

Hollywood war movies often illustrate someone yelling “medic” or “corpsman up,” as an overloaded service member begins assessing and treating the wounded. It’s not a cliché if it really happens – in combat it happens often.

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From Wounded Warrior to Warrior Angel

Posted  June 16, 2016

When Andrew Marr left his home of Argyle, Texas, to compete at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games, winning his respective events of discus and shotput was not the first thing on his mind.

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ALS supports Bravo Base – “Camp Conklin”

Posted  September 6, 2017

U.S. Airmen attending Airman Leadership School, and other Desert Lightning Team members, assisted in the landscaping of Bravo Base, also known as Camp Conklin, in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2017.

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Wounded Warrior doesn’t let injury interfere with Marine career

Posted  July 16, 2016

“This seemed like a good way to give back to the Marine Corps and thank them for letting me stick around after I got wounded,” said MSgt. Berle Sigman, a student in the Faculty Advisor Course (FAC) at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

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