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Vets home to host fundraiser for fighter plane

Posted May 10, 2012 by

In honor of its namesake and the aerospace community that it serves, the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., recently acquired a F-100 Super Sabre for permanent display. The Board of Director of the East Kern Airport District voted in December of last year to donate the surplus supersonic jet fighter to…

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Cold War hero Powers receives posthumous Silver Star

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

More than half a century after his plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, the heroism Air Force Capt. Francis Gary Powers displayed while piloting his U-2 aircraft was finally recognized during a Pentagon...

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World War II veterans honored for part in Operation Dragoon

Posted July 23, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

A group of World War II veterans was recognized July 21 in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., for their gallantry during a 1944 combat operation in southern France. Operation Dragoon lasted from...

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Veteran reunions for September 2012

Posted September 4, 2012 by

Sept. 3-5: 3rd A&E Pensacola, Fla. For more information, contact Dean Droz at (407) 957-2423 or email deandroz@yahoo.com.   Sept. 5-9: 504th Bomb Group (Tinian, 1945) Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, contact Kaz Barcynski at (252) 637-0587 or email mskb134@gmail.com.   Sept. 6-8: 20th Air Force (Guam) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Rose Penrod…

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Remains of two airmen lost in 1969 identified, honored

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The remains of two airmen who died when their F-4D Phantom II was shot over Laos in 1969 were returned and honored at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Oct. 19. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., were killed when their aircraft was hit by…

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VA weeks to expand list of service-connected TBI effects

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The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses that are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury. “We must always decide veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available and we will,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “Veterans…

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‘I’m a monster’: U.S. veterans feel ‘alone’ in guilt

Posted February 25, 2013 by Pualine Jelinek

A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former U.S. Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer – and he carries the guilt every day. “I can’t forgive myself,” he says. “And the people who can forgive me are dead.” With American troops at war for more than a decade, there’s…

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A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders

Posted April 22, 2013 by Lt. Col. Matthew Rodman

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Doolittle Raiders, Col. Dick Cole, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, salute during the National Anthem at the 33rd Fighter Wing hangar dedication in honor of Saylor April 17, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After unveiling the plaque with his name on it,…

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VA announces $300 million in grants to help veteran homeless

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced July 11 the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. “With these…

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Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted August 31, 2013 by AP

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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