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On Memorial Day, general remembers soldiers killed under his command

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FORT BLISS, Texas — Like millions of other Americans today, Brig. Gen. Stephen Twitty quietly will acknowledge the sacrifices and courage of soldiers and other service members who have given their lives for their country. Twitty, 49, is planning his own private moment … Continue reading

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With graduation, Iraq student veteran transitions to her new life

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Four years of academia have prepared Iraq student veteran Jen Carver Comer for this moment, but it’s a bit intimidating, nonetheless. Continue reading

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Pa. veteran hit bottom, but God, family and music are pulling him up

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Matt Plever’s troubles led him to veterans court. Today, he says he’s living his life guided by God, looking forward. The road he’s traveled — from facing jail time to embarking on a budding country music career — has “refined him,” his wife said. Continue reading

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Fixing backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs is ‘taking too long,’ Utah veteran says

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When Ike Hall got out of the Army, he waited about nine months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to agree that he’d been permanently disabled in the Iraq war. It felt like forever – which is why Hall has joined a campaign to press the federal government to do better with the current backlog. Continue reading

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Grieving El Paso mother still dreams of her son Ruben Estrella-Soto’s return

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See more photos of The 507th: 10 years later Amalia Estrella still cries, still begs for answers and now despises the war in Iraq that killed her oldest son and nearly destroyed her family. “They’ve left us mutilated,” she said, … Continue reading

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Ambush still haunts former Iraq War POW Shoshana Johnson

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See more photographs of The 507th: 10 years later Two small dogs barked playfully and jumped up and down inside the otherwise quiet El Paso suburban home where ex-POW Shoshana Johnson lives with her daughter. Although the home offers a … Continue reading

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Meet America’s five quadruple amputees injured in Iraq, Afghanistan

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Five remarkable young men are learning to thrive as quadruple amputees after surviving severe injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meet Brendan Marrocco, Todd Nicely, John Peck, Travis Mills and Taylor Morris. Continue reading

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Iraq veteran who lost all 4 limbs receives double-arm transplant

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Brendan Marrocco was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War, and doctors revealed Monday that he’s received a double-arm transplant.
Those new arms “already move a little,” he tweeted a month after the operation. Continue reading

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PTSD, burn pits, unemployment, suicide risk: Veterans battling myriad challenges

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When Anthony Vidales walked out of a lie detector test as part of his application process at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he wanted to cry. He failed, he said, due to his irregular breathing from burn pit exposure in Iraq. As he battles unemployment and negative stereotypes about veterans, he’s also challenged by PTSD. Continue reading

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Oakland Iraq veteran finds meaning in music

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Veteran Emily Yates found rhythm in her soul while visiting Ghana. Continue reading

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