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Navy posthumously awards Silver Star for valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action…

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Veteran finds fulfillment with custom-built truck

Posted December 14, 2016 by Dana Rimington

Courtesy photograph Jason Velez poses next to his custom built Dodge Ram 2500. Velez, a retired Airman, who served multiple tours in Iraq, rebuilt the truck to resemble a vehicle halfway between a personal vehicle and tactical military vehicle. Velez hopes the hybrid vehicle will help other veterans transition from military to civilian life. After…

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Applications to be accepted for 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Posted January 9, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs will accept applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games beginning Feb. 1. Veterans ages 55 and older and enrolled in VA health care may complete applications online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 1. “VA is committed to offer sports and…

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Rarely told Pearl Harbor stories of female military nurses

Posted November 28, 2016 by Katie Lange

Photograph courtesy of Winnie Woll Pearl Harbor nurse Teresa Stauffer in her formal Army attire in the early 1940s. Teresa Stauffer Foster was strolling through a garden near Hawaii’s Tripler Hospital on a quiet Sunday morning when a low-flying plane approached. The pilot waved in her direction, so naturally, the Army nurse waved back. A…

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Tuskegee Airman talks diversity, Army opportunities with high school students

Posted November 22, 2017 by Joe Lacdan

Photograph courtesy of Robert Friend Retired Lt. Col. Robert Friend (circled) pictured as a young captain serving the 332nd Fight Group. Friend, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II, spoke to groups of high school students in southern California earlier this month. Sporting a crimson “Red Tails” ball cap,…

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VA study highlights benefits of enhanced aspirin in preventing certain cancers

Posted March 1, 2017 by

Researchers know of aspirin’s benefits in preventing certain ailments — from cardiovascular disease to most recently colorectal cancer. But while the link to those two conditions was made, researchers also questioned how and if this “wonder drug” could work to ward off other types of cancers.  Thanks to a team led by Dr. Vinod Vijayan…

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Vietnam vet prefers focus on those who didn’t return

Posted May 26, 2017 by David Vergun

If he were so inclined, retired Army Capt. Jefferson Keel could tell a lot of war stories, having served in Vietnam's Central Highlands as an Airborne Ranger from 1966 to 1968. He was wounded during the Tet Offensive and returned to Vietnam again from 1970 to 1971, collecting several Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals in the process.

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Posted October 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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AF announces Operation Colony Glacier casualty recovery

Posted October 30, 2015 by

The Air Force announced Oct. 29 the name of a service member whose remains have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952. Airman 3rd Class Loyd L. Matthews has been recovered and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. On Nov. 22, 1952,…

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VA announces $3.4 million in funding to help homeless

Posted October 3, 2016 by

On Oct. 3, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $3.4 million in grant funding offered through the Grant and Per Diem Program to 16 community agencies that provide enhanced services for homeless veterans with special needs. The GPD Program promotes the development and provision of supportive housing and services to…

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