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Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games

Posted June 17, 2016 by Shannon Collins

The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began in West Point, N.Y., when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy.

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VA expands new innovators network program

Posted November 10, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation is expanding its Innovators Network Program. Fourteen new VA Medical Center innovation sites and one National Cemetery innovation site will join the eight selected last year, for a total of 22 recognized innovation sites across the country. The sites were selected from a highly competitive pool of…

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WWII bomber pilot awarded Silver Star

Posted November 7, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Jamie Powell

Former Maj. William “Joe” Schneider was awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 1, for his actions while commanding an 18-plane bombing raid on Feb. 23, 1945, over Italy. Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander, presided over the ceremony.

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Veterans ask court to reinstate lawsuits over open burn pits

Posted May 11, 2018 by Denise Lavoie

RICHMOND, Va.–Veterans and their families asked a federal appeals court May 9 to reinstate dozens of lawsuits alleging that a government contractor caused health problems by using burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 60 lawsuits allege that KBR Inc. — a former Halliburton subsidiary — dumped tires, batteries, medical waste…

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Vet Briefs March 30

Posted March 30, 2018 by

U.S. Marine from Nevada killed in WWII to be buried in Hawaii Military officials say a U.S. Marine from Nevada who was killed in action in the Pacific Ocean battle of Tarawa in World War II will be buried next week with military honors. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of Pvt. John…

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Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Kansas

Posted May 9, 2018 by AP

ASHLAND, Kansas–The city of Ashland in southwest Kansas is preparing to welcome home a native son who died while serving in the Navy more than 76 years ago. Navy Seaman 1st Class Willard Aldridge died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was among 429 sailors who…

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Flying Jennies take part in D-Day 72nd anniversary events

Posted June 6, 2016 by MSgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flew over many towns, villages and historical sites near Normandy, France, June 3 in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

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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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Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

Posted August 31, 2018 by

Air Force photograph The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed, which included a measure that will allow fully-disabled veterans the ability to utilize Space-Available travel. Travelers should contact their local Passenger Terminal for further details and review travel information found on the AMC Travel Page for specific details on the Space A travel…

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‘Expendable’ WWII Merrill’s Marauders survive into their 100s

Posted August 26, 2016 by Jonnie Melillo Clasen

Three Merrill's Marauders, 1944 survivors of the secret mission of almost 3,000 presidential volunteers who fought through the disease-ridden "forgotten theater" of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater, have lived to the age of 101. Another made it to 100.

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