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Vietnam veteran's flag will fly once again, 20 years after it came down

Old Glory will once again fly high in a private residential community in Henrico County, Virginia, more than 20 years after a Vietnam veteran was forced to take it down because his flagpole violated the rules of his homeowners association. In 1999, Richard Oulton was told by the Wyndham Homeowner's...
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SECNAV Names Future Destroyer in Honor of US Navy Medal of Honor Recipient

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 130, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette. Charette, a native of Ludington,...
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Marines stick together: The story of Cpl. Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex

Never estimate the bond between a Marine and her dog. Especially after they've battled bombs only to find they have to fight maddening bureaucracy before they were reunited. Megan Leavey enlisted in the Corps in 2003 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was first paired with...
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Antlers are allowed in checked bags but what about RPGs?

Contact lenses? Yes. Antlers? Yes. RPGs? wait, what? Apparently, the list of permitted items in a checked bag was a little hard to decipher for one man from St. Augustine, Fl. who attempted to fly with an RPG in his luggage. The item was discovered when the man's bag set off alarms at Lehigh Valley...
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WWII vet asks for 100 birthday cards; he got thousands

World War II veteran Joe Cuba will turn 100 on March 2. And all he really wanted was 100 birthday cards to celebrate his 100 years. So he posted a sign to Facebook, putting it out there to the social media universe. What could possibly happen? His wish was answered 100 times over: he's received...
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Sully the service dog emBARKS on his new career at Walter Reed

Sully, late President George H.W. Bush's service dog, began the next chapter in his career on Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The yellow Labrador joins the Facility Dog Program at the Maryland hospital, a program that aims to decrease stress and increase happiness care...
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Wilkie: Purple Heart recipients will now be at the 'front of the line' for benefits claims

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie just announced a new initiative that will place Purple Heart recipients at the "front of the line" for benefits claims. "I will be announcing that for those who hold the Purple Heart, the recognition of wounds taken in battle, we will now place those who...
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Army veteran to be buried alone in Killeen, Texas

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery has invited the public to attend the funeral of Hugh Gary Bryan, an Army veteran with no identified next of kin. "Specialist Bryan is not expected to have anyone attend his funeral, as no next-of-kin could be contacted. Please help us spread the word and ensure...
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Tuskegee Airman recalls time in historic unit

The story of William T. Fauntroy, Jr., and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen is one of resilience, pride and selfless service. "The legacy, I think, is those men who had fought overseas came back to teach us what they had done," the 96-year old told Connecting Vets. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first...
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The Fighting Eighth: the US's first all-black National Guard unit

On September 20, 1918, Sergeant Mathew Jenkins rescued a fellow soldier while under enemy fire. The following day, he took command of an American detachment and French unit, fighting off the enemy for 36 hours while stuck inside Hindenburg Cave, a German defensive position. He was later awarded the...
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