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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 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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Bataan Death March survivor honors brothers-in-arms

Posted March 22, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar Retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon, 99, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, walks in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, accompanied by green-to-gold New Mexico State University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet Ryan Bradley (left) and Spc. Michael Cole of…

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Care, benefits for veterans strengthened by $186.5 billion VA budget

Posted May 24, 2017 by Information from the Department of Veterans Affairs

In his fiscal year 2018 budget, President Donald Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget request will ensure the nation’s veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of veterans as…

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Veterans can visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted August 3, 2017 by

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, www.VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto www.VetVerify.org, which will use information from the DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s records…

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Retired Korean War Medal of Honor recipient passes away

Posted November 17, 2017 by PO3 Casey Scoular

Navy photograph by PO3 Casey Scoular The Military Funeral Honors Team of the Massachusetts Army National Guard carries the casket of Medal of Honor Recipient retired Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., during a funeral procession in Hudner’s honor. Hudner, a naval aviator, received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of the…

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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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Navy veteran, wife enjoying life in local vets home

Posted November 16, 2018 by Diane Betzler

Courtesy photograph World War II Navy veteran Seaman 1st Class Robert Harness Robert “Bob” Harness is a World War II American veteran, and his military story begins the day he turned 18. “The war had ended, but treaties hadn’t yet been signed, so the draft was going strong,” he recalls. Harness says the way he…

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