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VA awards $7.8 million in adaptive sport grants to aid disabled veterans

Posted September 7, 2016 by

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Sept. 7 the awarding of up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. The grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing these adaptive sports programs. The Department of Veterans…

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Lost, found, repatriated

Posted September 7, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long

Courtesy photograph Raymond Odom, U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, joined the service during World War II on Feb. 23, 1943. In early May of 2016, a groundsman from RAF Hontington, England, found a dog tag that belongied to Odom while metal detecting on what use to be known as RAF Knettishall, England. The tags are…

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Four NCOs, 16 Army vets to compete in Rio Paralympics

Posted September 7, 2016 by David Vergun and Gary Sheftick

Army photograph by Tim Hipps Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wins the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 28.54 seconds — only .01 seconds off the world record in her classification – in the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Trials on June 30 at the Mecklenburg…

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William Dunn: America’s first WWII ace

Posted September 2, 2016 by Airman Shawna L. Keyes

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Ashley Williamson Lt. Col. Nathan Mead, 334th Fighter Squadron commander, presents a plaque to Felicia Hutto, granddaughter of William Dunn, British Royal Air Force Squadron 71 member and first American ace of World War II, during the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the RAF members, July 8,…

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World War II veteran laid to rest after 75 years

Posted September 2, 2016 by

World War II veteran Lt. Julian Jordan was laid to rest at the Lewis Funeral Chapel at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., 75 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Aug. 29.

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Leader of Band is Veteran of the Year: Pilot, trauma specialist, songwriter recognized

Posted August 31, 2016 by Dennis Anderson

Antelope Valley's Veteran of the Year, selected by the California State Assembly, is a two-tour Iraq War veteran, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and military parachutist. She is also a singer-songwriter who leads the Hous Band.

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Speaking to American Legion, Dunford honors service, sacrifice of military

Posted August 31, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

Praising the bravery, service and sacrifice of those who wear the nation’s uniform, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the American Legion’s annual convention Aug. 30 he is confident about the nation’s future.  “Today’s men and women, just like their predecessors, attack their mission, and do what must be done,” Marine Corps…

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William Dunn; America’s first WWII ace

Posted August 29, 2016 by

The day was Aug. 27, 1941, when William Dunn, American pilot with the British Royal Air Force Squadron 71, became the first American ace of World War II.

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‘Expendable’ WWII Merrill’s Marauders survive into their 100s

Posted August 26, 2016 by Jonnie Melillo Clasen

Three Merrill's Marauders, 1944 survivors of the secret mission of almost 3,000 presidential volunteers who fought through the disease-ridden "forgotten theater" of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater, have lived to the age of 101. Another made it to 100.

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Japanese first lady pays tribute at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii

Posted August 24, 2016 by Mari Yamaguchi

Japan’s first lady has visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. Akie Abe said in a Facebook entry Aug. 22 that she laid flowers and prayed at the USS Arizona Memorial. “I offered flowers and a prayer,” she wrote in…

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