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VA establishes commission to recommend new under secretary VHA

Posted April 10, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 10 the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration. The Under Secretary for Health manages VHA, the nation’s largest health-care system, which has an annual budget of approximately $61 billion and oversees the…

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Michigan high school teacher, coach to receive Medal of Honor

Posted June 14, 2017 by David Vergun

Photograph courtesy of James McCloughan U.S. Army Pfc. James McCloughan, 1969. The White House announced June 13 that on July 31, President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor to Spec. 5 James C. McCloughan. McCloughan’s valorous actions occurred during 48 hours of intense fighting against enemy forces on Nui Yon Hill near Tam…

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Finally home: Marine killed 74 years ago laid to rest

Posted September 22, 2017 by Sarah Crawford

Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp is finally at rest, 74 years after his death. In October 1941, the young man from a small town in northeast Texas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps just two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Snapp was later injured in the Battle of Guadalcanal and taken to Honolulu to…

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Legendary pilot inspires new generation of air warriors

Posted December 18, 2017 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

In March of 1967, a flight of F-4 Phantom IIs from the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron based out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, flew through clear skies for a bombing run on a steel mill in North Vietnam.

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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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Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal after 47 years

Posted December 11, 2015 by Joan Vasey

The Army provided a long-awaited presentation, Dec. 3, 2015, when a Southeast Arizona veteran received the Purple Heart Medal for a head wound sustained 47 years earlier when the former soldier, then a specialist 4, was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized) 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.

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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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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

Posted July 22, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Courtesy photograph A technician demonstrates how a patient with a traumatic brain injury uses the computer assisted rehabilitation environment virtual reality to help with movement and balance at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md. Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain…

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Gold Star Mother discusses her son’s suicide, stigma

Posted September 30, 2016 by Tazanyia L. Mouton

Lynn Patton, a Gold Star Mother, spoke to the Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce, Sept. 23, 2016, about the suicide death of her son, Sgt. Matthew Patton.

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Candy Bomber rededicates Frankfurt’s Berlin Airlift Memorial

Posted November 28, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden

Dozens of German and American citizens indulged their collective sweet tooth for freedom with thanksgiving and reflection during the reopening ceremony of the Berlin Airlift Memorial at Frankfurt International Airport Nov. 21, 2016.

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