Army photograph by Tim Hipps
Veterans

Combat medic wins Pat Tilman award, raises disability awareness at 2016 ESPY awards

Posted July 18, 2016 by Tim Hipps

ESPN photograph by Joe Faraoni Paralympic swimmer Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program receives the Pat Tillman Award for Service trophy from John Cena at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles July 13, 2016. Sgt. Elizabeth Marks does not swim to win medals, reap accolades, or even…

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jenna Caldwell
Veterans

Airman laid to rest after being shot down in 1965

Posted September 26, 2016 by Ashley M. Wright

Fifty one years; 18,615 days; 446,760 hours-that is how long his family went without answers, without closure. No longer is he missing in action; now, he is home.

Full Story »

af-rehab4
Veterans

Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty

Posted November 18, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes.

Full Story »

Veterans

VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled veterans

Posted February 27, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing up to $8 million in grants to fund adaptive-sports programs that offer activities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces who have disabilities, the VA announced Feb. 22. The application period for the fiscal 2018 Adaptive Sports Grant began Feb. 21, 2017, and will close at…

Full Story »

ap-POW-obit
Veterans

Leo Thorsness, decorated POW in Vietnam with McCain, dies

Posted May 8, 2017 by AP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Retired Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a highly decorated Vietnam War pilot who was shot down and held for six years at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner camp, where he shared a cell with U.S. Sen. John McCain, has died. He was 85. The Medal of Honor recipient, who…

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes
Veterans

Air Force salutes ‘Flying Tiger’ after 75 year journey home

Posted June 24, 2017 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Moody Air Force Base, Ga. perform a missing man flyover during the funeral of John Dean Armstrong, a member of the Flying Tigers, June 17, 2017, in Hutchinson, Kan. The A-10s are from the 23rd Fighter Group, which traces its lineage to the…

Full Story »

Army photograph by Elizabeth Fraser
Veterans

DPAA Accounts for 183 Missing Service Members in fiscal 2017

Posted October 25, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Mikaley Kline Service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency honor the fallen during a disinterment ceremony Aug. 28, 2017, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. The remains disinterred will be transferred to the DPAA laboratory for identification. In fiscal year 2017, the Defense…

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank
Veterans

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…

Full Story »

Navy photograph by PO2 Paul L. Archer
Veterans

Medal of Honor recipient inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Posted May 30, 2018 by

Navy photograph by PO2 Paul L. Archer Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski stands on the stage during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon Auditorium. Slabinski was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump for his heroic actions in March…

Full Story »

Veterans

Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead…

Full Story »


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.