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Local veterans treated to softball tournament

Posted November 4, 2016 by Diane Betzlier

Photograph by Diane Betzler Alexandrea Ballentine, a volunteer at the Hats off for Heroes softball tournament sells T-shirts honoring two Antelope Valley fallen heroes. Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans’ Home in Lancaster, Calif., were treated to a day of fun and relaxation at the third annual Hits for Heroes softball tournament…

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Long overdue honor: Daring Vietnam pilot remembers Medal of Honor rescue mission

Posted July 18, 2016 by Elizabeth M. Collins

The bullets came in fast and furious, a hail so thick it seemed like rain with a fog of green tracers. The men of the 176th Aviation Company were used to hot landings after months in the highlands of Vietnam, but this, this was something else.

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Veterans care still ‘high risk’ as Trump mulls VA head

Posted January 13, 2017 by Hope Yen

Veterans health care remains a “high risk” issue threatening the federal budget and quality of care for former service members, auditors say in a forthcoming report. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office will place the Veteran Affairs Department’s health system once again on its “high risk:” list when it’s released next month. Issued every two years,…

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Researchers announce wreckage from USS Indianapolis located

Posted August 21, 2017 by

A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945.

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Air Force veteran turns 100

Posted July 26, 2017 by Jennifer N. Spradlin

Air Force photograph Col. Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the…

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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson
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POW preserves promise, resilience during adversity

Posted September 19, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson

Imagine flying an F-4 Phantom with a copilot over North Vietnam during wartime in 1967. Now picture getting shot down by a surface-to-air missile, having to eject and parachute into downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, before being swarmed by a crowd.

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President Trump’s pick to lead VA hit with claims of inappropriate behavior, over-prescription of drugs

Posted April 24, 2018 by Hope Yen and Lisa Mascaro

President Donald Trump’s pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is facing late-surfacing allegations about inappropriate behavior on the job and over-prescribing prescription drugs, forcing a delay in his confirmation hearing. The hearing for Ronny Jackson had been set for April 25 at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “We take very seriously our constitutional duty to…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Air Force General receives France’s highest honor

Posted November 10, 2016 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Retired Gen. Seth McKee, World War II veteran, speaks after receiving France’s highest honor Oct. 5, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. McKee was also celebrating his 100th Birthday. The oldest living American four-star general was awarded the National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank…

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Applications now open for 2017 Raytheon No Barriers expedition for wounded veterans May

Posted March 31, 2017 by

Wounded veterans in Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico and Texas can now apply for the 2017 No Barriers Warriors Veteran Wilderness Expedition funded by Raytheon. In mid-August, the non-profit No Barriers Warriors organization will lead a team of 12 wounded veterans on a nine-day journey full of discoveries and challenges in Wyoming’s Wind River Wilderness…

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Former Army combat medic helps fellow Wounded Warriors

Posted September 16, 2016 by by Shannon Collins

As the 100-degree Fahrenheit heat and humidity mercilessly held onto the day, the mountain bike riders slogged through the mud and then looked hopelessly up at the giant hill.

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