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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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank
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Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest

Posted February 16, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presents the American flag to the next of kin during the full honors funeral ceremony for retired Col. Leo Thorsness at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 14, 2018. Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his heroic…

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VA study on whether dogs can heal vets with PTSD has critics

Posted April 22, 2016 by Allen G. Breed

Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. “Clear,” Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats. “`He’s basically looking for … anything that would be out of the ordinary. A bag. A particular weapon. People…

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Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez
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Vietnam helicopter pilots, crewmembers memorialized in Arlington National Cemetery

Posted April 23, 2018 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument is dedicated, April 18, 2018, in Arlington National Cemetery. The monument is carved in Barre granite, which was quarried in Vermont. It is located in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery, and is located near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The…

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World War II veteran visits USS Pennsylvania

Posted October 17, 2018 by PO1 Amanda R. Gray

Navy photograph by PO1 Amanda R. Gray Senior Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Brian Barrett, assigned to the Blue crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), gives World War II veteran Roy Solt a submarine tour. Solt served aboard the Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) as a Fire Controlman and was aboard…

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Born during the Pearl Harbor attack: A veteran shares his remarkable story

Posted December 7, 2016 by Katie Lange

Courtesy photograph David Burpee as a child. It was dark at Pearl Harbor’s Tripler Hospital on the evening of Dec. 7, 1941. The bombings by the Japanese had stopped, but the fear of more attacks continued. Window blinds were still drawn and lights were still out. The injured and dying lay everywhere. It was an…

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Air Force photograph by John Turner
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Castaway Airman helped map the world

Posted January 13, 2017 by John Turner

For six months in 1956 Bob Cunningham, a former Air Force radar operator, lived on a remote knob approximately 2,000 feet long and 850 feet wide in the Spratly Islands group located midway between the Philippine Islands and Vietnam. His home was a canvas tent and he manned radio and radar equipment for a secret Air Force project mapping the earth.

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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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VA announces additional changes to improve veterans crisis line

Posted March 2, 2016 by

Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Feb. 26 improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which serves as a life-saving resource for veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide. In his third trip to the Crisis Line in a year, Gibson announced that the Crisis Line would…

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Army photograph by John Budnick
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Former soldier’s service dog offers sign of hope, compassion

Posted December 14, 2016 by John Budnik

The black, coiled-haired puppy released a deep bellow while napping under a conference table at the feet of his new owner.

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