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  • Celebrating 10 years of IDES

    On Nov. 26, 2017, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) observed the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), which integrates and streamlines both Departments’ processes for evaluating and compensating service members

  • Continuing an Air Force career - hope after a breast cancer diagnosis

    The pink ribbon that symbolizes National Breast Cancer Awareness might be seen as a somber image, but it also represents hope and the many survivors. As awareness, support, and research funding have increased, more and more women are surviving breast cancer and returning to their careers.

  • Invisible wounds: Finding a voice

    Air Force leadership and wounded warriors came together to speak out on invisible wounds during a panel discussion at this year’s Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Sept. 18, 2017.

  • A former pilot’s silent struggle

    “I remember coming home from a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, and I just knew I was bringing back more baggage than I originally left with. There are things you experience that, simply put, change you forever. I have never been the man I once was after experiencing what I did overseas.”

  • Coping with PTSD: Help is out there

    “I was deployed back in 2005 to Iraq and was in a few firefights, explosions and improvised explosive device incidents.” It was during an explosion that Staff Sgt. Clifton Flint was thrown about 30 feet from where he was standing. He was knocked unconscious for more than 30 minutes and his resulting

  • PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today.

  • Healing from invisible wounds

    On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable. His unit had just transported construction materials to forward operating bases and was currently

  • Photography: An escape for a Holloman Airman

    From a young age, Master Sgt. David Long, has been interested in photography. This is a hobby he picked up from his father, but placed second to his short-lived career as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, and current 15 year U.S. Air Force career as the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine

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