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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Veterans honored at local restaurant

Posted November 18, 2016 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler World War II Army Sargent Robert Killough and his wife Pauline enjoyed a good meal at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. The World War II vet ate for free, the restaurant’s way of saying thank you for your service. Antelope Valley veterans received a special thank you for their service…

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Navy photograph by PO3 Gabrielle Joyner
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Navy completes review of initial survey date from WWII cruiser wreck site

Posted February 15, 2017 by

The Naval History and Heritage Command has completed a review of initial data acquired from a multi-beam sonar survey of the wreck of World War II cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), Navy officials announced Feb. 13.

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TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage

Posted May 8, 2017 by

Starting June 28, 2017, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy. Nexium is a brand name prescription drug often…

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PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

Posted June 24, 2017 by Peter Holstein

Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today. It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious after a traumatic event. For…

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Army photograph by John Martinez
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Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Mike Rose inducted into Hall of Heroes

Posted October 25, 2017 by Devon L. Suits

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Mike Rose's military service number, RA18846904, was one of the many things on his mind, Oct. 24, as he prepared for his induction into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

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African-American WWI ‘Harlem Hell Fighters’ proved their mettle, patriotism in combat

Posted February 5, 2018 by Col. Richard Goldenberg

Army photograph African American stevedores in an undated photo during World War I. African American supply and services units provided a great amount of labor for the arriving American Expeditionary Forces in France in 1917-18. They would be joined by the African American 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly the National Guard’s 15th New York Infantry. The…

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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Megan Friedl
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National treasure B-17F Memphis Belle revealed before hundreds

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amy Rollins

A famous symbol of the courage and sacrifices made by American bomber crews during World War II was revealed May 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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New vet lifeline created

Posted January 8, 2016 by

A new national help hotline, Vets4Warriors, was recently created. The hotline’s mission is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, retirees, and their families and caregivers. The hotline just received special state funding and can help connect clients with a new $5…

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Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Kevin Wallace
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Let the healing begin: Invictus Games kick off

Posted May 9, 2016 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The thudding noise of helicopter blades cut through the air, bright-colored lights sliced through smoke and fans cheered to honor the more than 500 military competitors from 15 nations who gathered at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., May 8 to compete in Invictus Games 2016.

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