Deep in the Ardennes Forest, on a hill above the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division would have camouflaged their foxholes like this unidentified unit. The foxholes, fortified with three to five thick logs each, helped the Soldiers not only withstand three German assaults the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944, but inflict withering casualties before they finally ran out of ammunition and were captured. They delayed the initial German force for half a day, long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
16 December 2014

The Battle of Lanzerath

Outnumbered 20 to one, this is the story of how a single U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon held up the German advance, changing the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo pets Manny, a golden retriever undergoing training to become a service dog for a wounded veteran. Milo participated in the service dog training program at Walter Reed National  Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of his therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and said it was instrumental in his recovery. (Photo courtesy of  Warrior Canine Connection)
5 December 2014

The healing power of dogs

Service members undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are helping wounded veterans regain their independence, and healing in the process.

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Monty Roberts, the famed "Horse Whisperer," encourages a participant during a Horse Sense and Healing clinic at Flag is Up Farms. Roberts, who has two doctorates in behavioral sciences, teaches the Join Up method, which is the training of horses using their language to establish trust. The clinic is geared toward individuals who have post-traumatic stress, specifically military veterans. (Photo by Daniel J. Quinajon, posted with permission)
24 November 2014

Horse healing

On a California farm, wounded military veterans are learning to trust again. Their instructors are horses.

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Recon Warrior Challenge program participants explore a helicopter while touring Fort Benning, Georgia, July 1, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Rob McEver)
10 November 2014

Up to the challenge

This Fort Benning NCO is using what he’s learned in the Army to instill in local youth confidence, discipline and respect.

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Chef Robert Irvine and actor Gary Sinise welcome Staff Sgt. Tony Wood and his wife Joedi to their newly renovated home on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Irvine, Sinise, Wood’s buddy Bryan Anderson (in the wheelchair) and hundreds of volunteers surprised the couple by fixing and decorating their home, which had started falling apart almost as soon as they bought it to accommodate their biological children, adopted children and foster children. Wood, who was wounded in Iraq, has overcome massive internal injuries, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder to stay in the Army. The special will air across six channels the evening of Veterans Day. (Photo by Jeremiah Alley, courtesy of the Food Network)
10 November 2014

A Hero’s Welcome

Hundreds of friends, neighbors and fellow Soldiers team up with celebrities and open their hearts to help a Soldier and his wife continue to open their home to foster kids.

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Raymond F. Chandler III is the 14th and current sergeant major of the Army. He resumed his duties March 1, 2011.
3 November 2014

The sergeant major of the Army: Leader and communicator

As the U.S. Army's highest-ranking enlisted Soldier, the sergeant major of the Army serves as the bridge between the enlisted force and the service's senior most leaders, influencing policy and serving as a role model and standard-bearer.

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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.

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Ann Y. Sherman Wolcott, then national president of American Gold Star Mothers, honors her son Cpl. Rex Sherman at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, in 2003. Whenever she misses him or feels sad, she makes it a point to serve others, especially Vietnam veterans. Her son was shot multiple times on a mission to capture North Vietnamese soldiers, and posthumously received a Silver Star. According to Wolcott, there have been major improvements since Vietnam in the way surviving families are treated. (DOD photo)
26 September 2014

Grief that never dies

The day they learned their Soldier sons had been killed, these women each joined a sisterhood forged in mourning and sacrifice. They are Gold Star Mothers.

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Left to right: Former Marine James Greenlee (guitar), Justin Pena (lead guitar), retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shannon Brook (vocals/guitar), former Marine Sgt. Rodney Hall (bass guitar) and retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Delacerda (drums) pose for a publicity photo for their wounded warrior band, Warrior Spirit Band. The band, founded by Delacerda, tours military bases to share stories of war and healing through music and tell other wounded warriors that they are not alone. (Photo courtesy of retired Staff Sgt. Paul Delacerda)
24 September 2014

Rocking to recovery

When these wounded vets didn't have the words to talk about their wartime experiences, music spoke for them.

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