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Events

Luke hosts POW symposium

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost

Hundreds gathered at the base theater to hear the stories of seven prisoners of war May 18 at Luke Air Force Base. During the Vietnam War, these pilots spent anywhere from 55 to 2,734 days as a POW between September 1965 and March 1973. Air Force Col. Phillip Smith was held the longest. He flew…

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Veterans

VA processes nearly all two-year-old disability claims

Posted July 3, 2013 by

Moves to complete those older than one year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over two years old…

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Defenders remember fallen brothers

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

An annual security forces retreat ceremony occurred May 17 at the Luke Air Force Base flag pole, in memory of  the 18 Airmen who lost their lives May 15, 1975. Many may not know or fully understand the history of the Mayaguez incident and why even 37 years later it still lingers within the thoughts…

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Sports clinic helps veterans

Posted October 11, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Have you ever tried running with one leg or shooting an arrow blind?

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Salutes & Awards

Journey to Purple Heart spans decades

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Stephen Delgado

There is an old saying, “It’s better late than never.” After 67 years, World War II veteran Army Staff Sgt. Carlyle Gardner, who served almost three years in the war, was presented a Purple Heart and POW medal by...

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Veterans

Vet turns tragedy to triumph

Posted November 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Courtesy photo Steve Martin, retired Army military police officer, performs a fire hose drag Sept. 6 at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Martin, currently an Arizona Highway Patrol officer, deployed to Afghanistan embedded with an Army infantry unit. He lost both of his legs after his humvee hit a roadside bomb. It…

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Air Force

Retirement options available for Airmen, federal employees

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Saving money for retirement may seem overwhelming, but there is help for military personnel and federal employees. Some of the retirement plans available are the Thrift Savings Plan, Roth Individual Retirement Account and the new Roth Thrift Savings Plan option, which is scheduled to be available to Air Force and Army personnel in October, according…

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Veterans

VA offers dental insurance program

Posted November 27, 2013 by

The VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program, to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced recenlty. More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can choose to purchase one of…

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New grants to help end homelessness

Posted May 24, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced two new grants to support Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Under these new programs, homeless providers can apply for funding to enhance the facilities used to serve homeless veterans, and acquire vans to facilitate transportation of this population. “Those who have served…

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Veterans’ homelessness drops 24 percent since 2010

Posted November 27, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Nov. 21 that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010. The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps the Obama administration on track to…

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