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Rocking to recovery

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Angels in my life

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The Spanish-American War

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Never forgotten
6 October 2014

Faith, friends and paying it forward

When her husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, a widow and her three children left the Fort Drum, New York, area they knew and loved. Today, they are back, and serving as a link between Soldiers and the community.

Capt. Justin Fitch
25 August 2014

A sense of mission, to the end

If doctors said you had a finite amount of time left, how would you spend your remaining days? It’s a question U.S. Army Capt. Justin Fitch has already answered.

Then-Spc. Troy Tow poses during a patrol of a food market in Afghanistan, June 17, 2011. A month later, Tow was wounded when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He spent months recovering and rehabilitating while a member of the Fort Riley, Kan., Warrior Transition Battalion, and now serves as a squad leader at the very same battalion, where he helps his fellow Soldiers heal. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Troy Tow)
25 November 2013

A Soldier’s journey from warrior in care to caring for warriors

Four months after deploying to Afghanistan, Sgt. Troy Tow was wounded by an improvised explosive device. He spent months recovering and rehabilitating at the Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion, and now serves as a squad leader for the very same battalion, helping his fellow Soldiers heal.

Russell Hawkins displays the Medal of Honor presented by President George W. Bush posthumously to his stepfater, Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble. Kurt Bluedog, Keeble's grand-nephew, responds to questions from the press outside the White House following the March 3, 2008 ceremony. (DOD photo by Carrie McLeroy)
6 November 2013

Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble: Native American, Soldier, hero

Born on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation in 1917, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble became one of North Dakota's most decorated sons. In 2008, he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions during the Korean War.

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26 September 2014

Please, ask me about my son

Gold Star Mother and retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candy Martin doesn't mind when you ask about her Soldier son, who was killed by insurgents in Iraq in 2007. But don't ever ask her if she's "gotten over it."

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Sarah Byers left the Fort Drum community shortly after losing her husband in Afghanistan in 2011. After a series of events, she returned to the area and discovered the small northern New York community is “home for me.” (U.S. Army photo by Steve Ghiringhelli)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kenneth “Ryan” White was killed June 5, 2011, while flying his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo)
Never forgotten
Stephen and Sarah Byers share a special moment during their wedding ceremony last year. (Courtesy photo)
This photo of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kenneth “Ryan” White was taken on FOB Salerno in Khost province, Afghanistan two days before the Kiowa pilot’s death. (Courtesy photo)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kenneth “Ryan” White plays with his children before deploying to Afghanistan in October 2010. “We always climbed on him and hanged onto him for dear life, like a big jungle gym,” recalled Alita White, his now 13-year-old daughter. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Seth, Natalie and Alita White sit at their father’s gravesite in Loveland, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)
Gold Star Mother
1st Lt. Thomas Martin attended West Point after serving as an enlisted Soldier. He was killed by small-arms fire in Iraq, Oct. 17, 2007, leaving his family shattered. His mother, Candy Martin, herself a Soldier at the time, turned her grief into a way to help other veterans, and joined the American Gold Star Mothers. She’s currently the organization’s second national vice president. (Photo courtesy of retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candy Martin)
Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candy Martin lost her son, 1st Lt. Thomas Martin, to small arms fire in Iraq, Oct. 14, 2007, when she was still on active duty. In fact, she had served on a casualty notification team just months before. She is now the second national vice president of the American Gold Star Mothers and devotes much of her time to serving veterans. (Photo courtesy of retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candy Martin)
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