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Retired Army captain fighting for PTSD, veteran recovery

QUICK READ: "Retired Army Captain Karen-Nicole “Cole” Knapper spent more than a decade fighting for freedom, with her first combat tour coming just six weeks after 9/11. In total, Knapper served four combat tours overseas, including serving as a company commander while deployed in Afghanistan. During her service she earned the Bronze Star Medal in 2002 as corporal, and again in 2010 as a company commander. Knapper was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in both 2010 and 2012. Knapper said she continues to live with the experiences and pain from PTSD. One memory of a visit to eastern Afghanistan is particularly troubling for the retired officer..."

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World War II veteran, 97, gets high school diploma

QUICK READ: "After being forced to leave high school to support his family during his junior year, Leuzzi said he was drafted as a teen to fight in World War II.

A decorated veteran with two purple hearts and four bronze star medals, Leuzzi has now added a high school diploma to his collection."

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Veteran: 'I would do it again'

QUICK READ: "Veterans aren't foremost on people's minds during Independence Day celebrations, but to Bob Alexander, they should be.

The Albany man, 68, thinks about them all the time, partly because he knows what it's like to be overlooked. That tends to happen, he said, when you serve with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, a title that tends to prompt one reaction: "Who?"

“On this day of Independence, my thoughts are on my brothers and sisters that have worn the uniform of the United States and have taken the oath to defend the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, I thank you for your service," he said. "You are keeping our nation free from tyranny and to those countries you are helping to do the same.""

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College Veterans Resource Center provides services to veteran students

QUICK READ: "Transitioning back into civilian life is no easy feat for veterans, but for Tiffany Joa the process was made easier by her “hassle-free” experience at COC. Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2016 after 10 years of service, Joa enrolled at COC in 2016 and double majored in history and liberal arts."

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94-Year-Old WWII Veteran Rides B-17 Bomber

QUICK READ: "DES MOINES, Iowa-- A B-17 bomber from World War II made a stop in Des Moines Sunday. One of its passengers was Fred Kuntz, a 94-year-old veteran who flew B-17's during the war. The veteran got the chance to ride in it, and the plane is one of only 12 remaining airworthy B-17s.

"Well we took it down over Winterset, that's my home town and that was a treat," Kuntz said. Kuntz sat tail gunner and completed 50 missions aboard B-17s."

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Wounded U.S. Army veteran, family receive mortgage-free home in Lee's Summit

QUICK READ: "Tuesday was an emotional day for members of one military family in Lee’s Summit, Missouri as they opened the front door to their new home for the very first time.

For the past 10 years, Building Homes for Heroes has given away free homes to wounded military veterans in need. On Tuesday, they added another veteran to that list.

Sgt. Oscar Smith celebrates his new home with his wife, Jennifer Smith, and their children.

Army Veteran Oscar Smith served his country for 23 years. Smith who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, escaped with his life on several different occasions. Tuesday morning, he and his family laid eyes on their new mortgage-free home."

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Retired veteran, 71, graduates with Ph.D. in engineering from Texas Tech

QUICK READ: "“You’re never too old to learn,” said retired U.S. Air Force veteran Francisco Figueroa.

On Friday evening, the 71-year-old man graduated Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a doctoral degree in systems management engineering.

“It’s been 50 years since I graduated the first time from Texas Tech,” he said.

Figueroa is the first in his family to earn a college degree. He said that seeing his father return to school at earn a GED at the age of 69 inspired him to always continue to learn.

“Never give up on your dreams and always keep on trying to learn a little bit more today than you did yesterday,” Figueroa said."

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Awareness walk hopes to highlight and recognize a veteran in need

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QUICK READ: "Twenty-two veterans commit suicide each day in the U.S.

That's why on dozens of people walked to raise awareness about that statistic on May 13th.

The Veterans Awareness Walk wound its way through Milan starting midday.

The route was 2-point-2 miles long in honor of the 22 service men and women who take their own lives each day.

"We need to be aware that this can happen and recognize a veteran in need," says American Legion Officer and retired Marine Rick Schomer.

Schomer says he's had friends in the past that committed suicide as soon as they exited the military. He says he hopes to do more than raising awareness."

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In Georgia, this U.S. Army veteran is helping his fellow veterans find peace and tranquility through horses. Sam Rhodes found that the care of horses helped him immensely in dealing with stress, and now he wants to help others. Pretty great!
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In South Carolina, a local U.S. Army veteran, with the use of only one leg, was surprised recently with a one-story house for he and his wife. A great read!
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