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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

Posted September 2, 2014 by David Vergun

The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spec. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam.

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Thousands gather to honor fallen veterans for Wreaths Across America Day

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Battaglia read a letter co-written with Army Gen….

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Antelope Valley residents join in support of AV veterans

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Diane Betzler

Southern California’s High Desert residents did it again. They came out in large numbers to help support a cause that’s always been close to the hearts of Antelope Valley citizens; they came out to show their support for American veterans. Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery hosted a…

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VA, EPA program connects disabled vets with jobs

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program yesterday announced a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in the water and wastewater sectors as part of the EPA’s Water Sector Workforce Initiative. The agreement allows EPA and VA to connect qualified…

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World War II African-American Marines receive Congressional Gold Medal

Posted June 28, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

A group of African-American Marines who broke the Marine Corps’ color barrier during World War II received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol June 27. The medal is the nation’s highest civilian award given by Congress. The “Montford Point Marines” received the award for serving with valor during the war,…

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Joe Engle recalls legacy of the X-15 rocket plane

Posted August 7, 2012 by

On the eve of one of NASA's major space science milestones - the landing of its Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover on the red planet - retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle...

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Service members, vets celebrate military legacy of women

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Hundreds of active-duty women and veterans turned out Oct. 20 at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the legacy of more than 2.5 million women who have served in the nation’s military. Former WACs, WAVEs, WMs, WAFs and SPARS shared with their active-duty counterparts in the contributions women have made to the U.S….

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live on in infamy’

Posted December 7, 2012 by Tom Budzyna

“It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in “7 December 1941: The Air Force Story” compiled by…

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted February 20, 2013 by Kevin Freking

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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Medal of Honor awarded to Army chaplain

Posted April 12, 2013 by David Vergun

An Army chaplain, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, April 11, for his actions leading up to his capture as a prisoner of war in North Korea. President Barack Obama presented the medal to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Ray…

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