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Mountain View High School has had five former students killed in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is believed to be the most of any high school in America. This somber fact led to the construction of a veterans’ memorial in front of the school. Nov. 8, the school dedicated the monument to the five, as well as any United States military veteran.
WASHINGTON – There are many memorials in the nation’s capital that honor veterans of specific wars or particular branches of the military, but the newest addition honors veterans from all branches and all wars who returned with a disability. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in the shadow of the Capitol features a reflecting pool, bronze statues and more features honoring their service and acknowledging their sacrifices.
(BPT) - Extraordinary courage, camaraderie, dedication, sacrifice: these characteristics epitomize the soldiers defending American freedom in warzones across the world. But those tremendous qualities do not disappear when our brave men and women return to the home front, and there’s much for us all to learn from their valor.
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(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.
The Fourth of July is always a big deal for Marana resident Carlos Diaz and his family, but this year it is extra special. Every year the family throws a big party, but this year they will be celebrating more than just Independence Day, they will also celebrate Carlos’ retirement from the U.S. Air Force.
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn’t mean she can’t pursue a degree at the same time.
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