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One year later: Torque 62 remembered

Posted October 5, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Capt. Korey Fratini BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Master Sgt. Johnathon Maurer, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, reads off the names of those airmen lost during the mishap of Torque 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Among those remembered were Senior Airmen Kcey Ruiz and Nathan Sartain, assigned to…

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne
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Remains of fighter pilot hero return home after 10 years

Posted October 5, 2016 by Mike Martin

This week, nearly 10 years after he was killed in combat operations in Iraq, U.S. forces brought home the remains of F-16 pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died saving the lives of U.S. service members and coalition allies.  

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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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Hispanic Heritage: Vietnam vet finds resilience via faith, helping others

Posted October 3, 2016 by Shannon Collins

During weekly meetings at American Legion Post 47 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, a Vietnam veteran told fellow veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder how he maintains his resilience through his faith and brotherhood with his fellow vets.

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Army photograph by Jeff Sisto
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Gold Star Mother discusses her son’s suicide, stigma

Posted September 30, 2016 by Tazanyia L. Mouton

Lynn Patton, a Gold Star Mother, spoke to the Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce, Sept. 23, 2016, about the suicide death of her son, Sgt. Matthew Patton.

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Bataan Death March survivor, artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Posted September 28, 2016 by

Ben Steele’s hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist’s memory of scenes from his home in Montana. “I used to dream about Montana more than anything else, more than I did food — and…

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Air Force photograph by C. Todd Lopez
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Vets honored by Korean government, recall wartime experiences

Posted September 28, 2016 by C. Todd Lopez

About 88 veterans of the Korean War arrived in the nation's capital this week for a visit to the Korean War Memorial Sept. 24.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jenna Caldwell
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Airman laid to rest after being shot down in 1965

Posted September 26, 2016 by Ashley M. Wright

Fifty one years; 18,615 days; 446,760 hours-that is how long his family went without answers, without closure. No longer is he missing in action; now, he is home.

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DOD photograph by EJ Hersom
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Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Posted September 23, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.

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VA awards $6.8 billion for medical disability examinations

Posted September 19, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 the awarding of 12 contracts between five firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions…

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