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Remains of Pearl Harbor victims raised for identification

Posted July 29, 2015 by Audrey McAvoy

The military July 27 exhumed more caskets containing the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred five coffins from four grave sites at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where they have rested for decades. The work is…

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POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times

Posted July 22, 2015 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed the paintings.

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Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW

Posted July 22, 2015 by Karen Abeyasekere

When 2nd Lt. John "Spike" Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he'd be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile.

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WWII Veteran, POW receives Presidential Unit Citation

Posted July 10, 2015 by SrA. Hailey Haux

A veteran from the greatest generation was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster by Sen. John S. McCain on Capitol Hill, July 7.

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AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill

Posted July 10, 2015 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 8 for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.

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Soldier missing from Korean War accounted for

Posted July 6, 2015 by

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced July 1 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Joseph M. Snock Jr. of Apollo, Pennsylvania, was buried July 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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VA expands disability benefits for AF personnel exposed to contaminated aircraft

Posted June 19, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs June 18 published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part…

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Soldier missing from World War II accounted for

Posted June 19, 2015 by

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Feb. 16 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.  U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, was buried June 18, in…

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VA campaign encourages public to help raise PTSD awareness

Posted June 15, 2015 by

As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are…

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U.S. paratroopers, WWII veterans pay homage to D-Day 71st anniversary

Posted June 10, 2015 by SSgt. Opal Vaughn

It has been nicknamed the "longest day" and has had more movies played on the silver screen than most. But no matter how many times the stories are told, they never get old and will never be forgotten.

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