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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted June 14, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

Air Force photograph by Master Sgt. Chad Thompson Tech. Sgt. Christopher D’Angelo, right, a missile alert facility manager with the 490th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., poses for a photo with his wife, Chanda, son, Jace and daughter, Brittyn at their home in Great Falls, Mont., June 7, 2017. D’Angelo was diagnosed with…

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Vietnam War soldier to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Laos

Posted September 22, 2017 by C. Todd Lopez

Photograph courtesy of Gary M. Rose Then-Sgt. Gary Rose in Kontum, Vietnam, 1970. Retired Capt. Gary Michael Rose will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on Oct. 23, the White House announced Sept. 20. The White House announced Sept. 20 that retired Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose will receive the Medal…

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James D. Smith: Pearl Harbor veteran

Posted December 11, 2017 by

James D. Smith was a reservist in the U.S. Navy when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After being called into active service, he arrived in the Hawaiian Islands 4 days after the event. Here is his recollection of what he saw during his time there

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Take Command: Changes coming to TRICARE retiree dental program

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP will end on Dec. 31, 2018. Not to worry — anyone who was in TRDP this year or would have been eligible for the plan, will be able to choose a dental plan from among 10…

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Green Berets finally together in Arlington after decades-long search

Posted September 21, 2018 by Sean Kimmons

Judi Boyer-Bouchard gently rubbed her fingers across her brother's name etched into a white marble headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. With two bundles of flowers in her other hand, she leaned over and placed one against the headstone. It was the first time she had seen the solemn marker for Sgt. 1st Class Alan Boyer, a 22-year-old Special Forces Soldier who disappeared in 1968 during a covert mission in Laos.

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Final resting place of USS Hornet CV-8 located in South Pacific

Posted February 14, 2019 by Courtesy of Paul Allen

Wreckage of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet rests on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean around the Solomon Islands, 5,400 meters (nearly 17,500 feet) below the surface as discovered last month by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall.

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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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VA announces new partnerships, collaboration

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs July 18 announced partnerships and collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, IBM and Bombas. The three, distinct, relationships are a part of the MyVA Strategic Partnership Initiative, which aims to work together with external organizations to improve the delivery and access of care for veterans. The announcement of the three new…

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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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