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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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VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders

Posted August 19, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 18 that it is piloting a protocol to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for Veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders.  “We take our responsibility for the care and safety of veterans very seriously,” said VA Under…

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Laid to rest: Fighter pilot remains found 72 years later

Posted August 17, 2016 by TSgt. Daylena Ricks

Courtesy photograph The remains of U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh were recently found after more than 72 years after his disappearance and were laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton, Indiana, Aug. 13, 2016. In 1944, the 27th Fighter Squadron P-38 Lightning pilot departed Foggia Airfield, Italy, on a strafing…

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WWII POW awarded medal, proud to be ‘Soldier for Life’

Posted August 17, 2016 by David Vergun

Dr. Charlie Stenger, a World War II Army veteran, was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal by Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, Army G-1, Aug. 16, at Stenger's Rockville, Md., home.

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CEO: Layoffs expected in Wounded Warrior Project overhaul

Posted August 10, 2016 by

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–The Wounded Warrior Project’s new CEO says he expects layoffs at the veteran’s charity scrutinized for its spending. Michael Linnington took over the Jacksonville-based nonprofit in July. In an interview with The Florida Times-Union, Linnington said layoffs and cuts to funding for smaller veterans groups are expected as part of a restructuring. The charity…

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Full circle: Iraq veteran draws on his own struggle to heal others

Posted August 10, 2016 by Suzanne Ovel

When Patrick Hogg first sets out to teach a new group of soldiers coping skills to deal with their depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, he knows they will be nervous about sharing. Some might be downright reluctant.

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