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74 years later, a pilot who crashed in France returns home

Posted March 28, 2018 by Carrie Antlfinger and Jeffrey Schaeffer

BUYSSCHEURE, France–It is early afternoon on a spring day in 1944. On a French farm 20 miles from the English Channel, two young brothers tend the cows — perhaps they goof off a bit — as their father brews beer. Then a plane falls from the sky. A P-47 Thunderbolt, an American fighter plane, has…

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Senate confirms Robert Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

Posted July 25, 2018 by Hope Yen

The Senate on July 23 confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie won approval on a bipartisan vote of 86-9, securing the backing of many Democrats after insisting…

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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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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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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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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Posted October 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Pearl Harbor remembered

Posted December 5, 2016 by
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Army photograph by Rachel Larue
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World War I exhibit opens at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted April 5, 2017 by Don Wagner

Army photograph by Rachel Larue In a joint effort with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington National Cemetery will unveil its new World War I Exhibit in an official grand opening ceremony March 31, 2017. Just days before the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war, Arlington National Cemetery celebrated the opening of a…

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Vet Briefs June 12

Posted June 12, 2017 by

Remains of World War II soldier returning home to Tennessee GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The recently identified remains of a soldier killed in Europe during World War II are returning home to Tennessee. Army Pfc. Reece Gass of Greeneville was serving with the 3rd Armored Division in Belgium when enemy fire destroyed his tank in…

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VA to make beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma

Posted September 15, 2017 by

On Sept. 14, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Shulkin has been working with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson and their staffs on this issue beginning Sept. 13. “We thank Governor…

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