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Veteran turned advocate seeks claims change

Posted November 28, 2012 by Lawrence Messina

David Huffman has helped thousands of military veterans seeking disability benefits navigate the complex, often slow and at times frustrating claims process. The Wood County lawyer can relate: he was a 19-year-old Marine in Vietnam when a booby trap blinded him. As if getting through college and law school without sight weren’t challenges enough, Huffman…

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Airman returns ‘home’ to help recover MIAs

Posted November 28, 2012 by SrA. Susan L. Davis

An officer stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base traveled thousands of miles earlier this year to return to his birth country of Vietnam for the first time in eight years. But Capt. Huy Tran wasn’t there to reunite with his own family or friends. His mission was to help search for and recover missing…

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Sixty-five years later, World War II veteran returns to England

Posted November 26, 2012 by Capt. Brian Maguire

On a typical day from 1942 to 1945, the flightline on Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, would be full of activity as aircrews, maintainers and weapons troops prepared as many B-17 Flying Fortresses as they could for missions in Germany.

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Nine more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

Posted November 26, 2012 by Kevin Freking

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj….

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Upcoming reunions, November 2012

Posted November 19, 2012 by

Nov. 28-30: Old Antarctic Explorer Assn. For more information, contact Bob Gaboury at (805) 322-3955 or email bobgaboury@gmail.com.  

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Mobil Wall honors Vietnam veterans

Posted November 16, 2012 by Rebecca Amber

The Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley was on display at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park from Nov. 9-13. The wall contains 58,272 names of those soldiers that gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The Wall, which spans 252 feet, just under half the length of the Vietnam Veterans Wall…

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Vice chairman commends business leaders for hiring Vets

Posted November 16, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

Hiring veterans is neither an act of charity nor patriotism, but a smart choice, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told business leaders at the start of the fifth annual “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15. As keynote speaker…

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World War II monument dedicated in Lancaster

Posted November 16, 2012 by Linda KC Reynolds

Antelope Valley Veterans of ‘The Greatest Generation’ were honored with the unveiling of a World War II monument replica, Nov. 12 during a celebration at the Lancaster Cemetery Veterans Day. “With the average age of 92, World War II veterans are leaving us way too fast,” said Bob Alvis, president of the Friends of the…

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Original member of the Tuskegee Airmen dies

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Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, 93, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, died Nov. 8 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., according to Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford. Carter was a member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the first black aviatiors in the U.S. military. Born Sept. 27, 1919, in…

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President recognizes veterans’ service, sacrifice

Posted November 14, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns Nov. 11, and after thanking all veterans, he said more than a million warriors will transition back into civilian life over the next few years. “This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting…

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