Air Force photograph by TSgt. Bryan Franks
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WWII vets tour memorial, remember fallen brothers-in-arms

Posted May 9, 2016 by TSgt. Bryan Franks

Clouds lingered overhead, as young and old walked around the water fountain at the National World War II Memorial.

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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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VA selects new Director of the Center for Women Veterans

Posted May 6, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans. Kayla M. Williams assumed duties this week as director, serving as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs and legislation that affect women veterans. “Kayla embodies everything it means to be a true advocate…

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Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Surviving the Holocaust: Former Soldier, AF civilian tells his story

Posted May 6, 2016 by SSgt. Christopher Gross

Fear. In one word, Bob Behr used fear to describe how he and most of the Jewish community in Germany lived their lives from 1933 until the mid-1940s. In that time, Behr would suffer persecution, work in forced labor, be arrested and sent to the Theresienstadt “camp-ghetto” with his family, and ultimately, survive the Holocaust.

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DOD photograph by EJ Hersom
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Resilient wounded warrior aims for Invictus Games gold

Posted May 4, 2016 by Shannon Collins

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom Medically retired Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Payne competes in seated discus during the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, April 1, 2015. Payne is slated to compete at the 2016 Invictus Games held May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla….

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Navy photograph by PO2 Eric Lockwood
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Honoring the toughness of a forgotten hero

Posted May 4, 2016 by PO2 Eric Lockwood

District leaders, military officials and veterans, as well as representatives from the Embassy of Canada honored a forgotten Medal of Honor recipient at St. Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29.

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Retired general hoping to restore trust in Wounded Warrior

Posted May 2, 2016 by David Bauderlein

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Fletcher’s military career brought him to Jacksonville to help manage a global network for moving military equipment to hot spots and bases. He’s back now on a new mission with a military angle, but his task is harder to quantify. The Wounded Warrior Project’s board picked Fletcher to step in as…

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DOD photograph by Terri Moon Cronk
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Officials cite research as key to progress in PTSD, TBI diagnosis, treatment

Posted April 27, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

DOD photograph by Terri Moon Cronk Huff, a golden retriever, gets praise for retrieving his leash and giving it to Rick Yount, executive director of the Warrior Canine Connection, a nonprofit organization in Brookeville, Md., that works with dogs in service training and with service members who have post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury…

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DOD photograph by EJ Hersom
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Veterans overcome challenges through ‘Face of America’ ride

Posted April 27, 2016 by Shannon Collins

More than 700 cyclists, including nearly 175 disabled veterans, rode two routes -- either 110 miles from Arlington, Va., or 120 miles from Valley Forge, Penn., -- and met up in Gettysburg, Penn., as part of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual “Face of America” ride.

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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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