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Vietnam vet continues 50-year journey of discovery

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

The summer of 1967 can be remembered as a time of profound change. Many cities in America were aflame, the airwaves were full of music that a few years earlier wasn’t thought of, and the Vietnam War was raging a world away. In a small town that summer ­— Blanchard, Washington — 18-year-old Jerry Prentice…

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WW II vet grateful for life of blessings

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

We hear the term ‘larger-than-life’ often, which can mean someone who led a life of adventure and was never afraid to try something new. Flay Randolph is such a person. He served in the Navy in World War II and joined at age 16. “My dad was reluctant to sign the enlistment papers because I…

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POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago

Posted November 3, 2017 by Story and photos by Airman 1st Class BEAUX HEBERT

WEST POINT, Miss. — On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia. Smith said that leading up to the mission, he and…

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Col. David Edward Rickert passes

Posted October 6, 2017 by

Retired Col. David Edward Rickert, 74, passed away Sept. 15 in Tucson. A passionate warrior, artist, writer, poet, husband and father, Dave died Sept. 15 in Tucson. Dave was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Elder High School. He went on to Bowling Green State University, where he served in the ROTC…

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Tucson VA hosts seventh annual Homeless Veterans’ Summit

Posted May 19, 2017 by

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System [Tucson, Ariz.,] homeless Veteran outreach program will be hosting its Seventh Annual Homeless Veterans’ summit in the R.E. Lindley Auditorium, Bldg. 4 at the main Tucson VA campus 9:30-11 a.m., May 22. The VA is committed to ending veteran homelessness. No one who has served our country should…

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Tucson VA partners with Pima County One Stop

Posted May 19, 2017 by Luke D. Johnson

VA photograph Vocational development specialists from the Tucson VA provide Veterans the personalized support and counseling they need, which guides them to meaningful long-term employment. Veterans who are enrolled in the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program that are seeking employment now have additional support…

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Tucson VA calendar

Posted May 19, 2017 by Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

May 22 Intro to Qi-Gong — Health Education, Bldg. 30, Room 224, 8-8:45 a.m. Qi Gong for Experienced People — Health Education, Bldg. 2, Room N179, 9-10 a.m. Arthritis School — Health Education, Bldg. 60, Room NE102, 1-2 p.m. Drop In Smoking Cessation at the Tucson VA Medical Center — Health Education, Bldg. 90, Room 1103, 2-3 p.m. May 23 Chair Yoga — Health Education,…

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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…

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Pearl Harbor vet honored on 99th birthday

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Stephen Delgado

There are days and events in history that are etched in people’s minds forever. One of those days is Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed in a speech before a joint session of Congress would live in infamy. Although most people in the…

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Veteran generations: ‘Where are the last of the Doughboys?’

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Dennis Anderson

We are coming up on a round of centennials, and these won’t be as easy to track as many of the anniversary dates that have been arranged around significant World War II historic events. In 2014, a great paratrooper buddy, Henry Ochsner, traveled from his California City home to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of…

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