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November 11th, 2016 by AmSJ Staff


(second from the right) Marine Sgt. Alexander Munoz, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, lines up with the 5th Marines, as the platoon sergeant gives them orders to clear a building in the second push during Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 (Courtesy Photo)

A platoon sergeant orders Marines to clear a building in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. 


These airmen are all smiles after returning from Europe in 1945. (NATIONAL ARCHIVES) 

Parris Island recruits continue to train on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

Marine Corps recruits prepare for a martial arts training session. 


Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973. 

Bernice Haydu, a Women's Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, during World War II, stands next to an AT-6  Texan at Page Field near Fort Myer in Florida, Feb. 20. The WASPs flew the AT-6s during their phases of training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. (Department of Defense photo by Navy MC2 Glenn Slaughter)

Bernice Haydu, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, stands next to an AT-6 Texan. 

ATOH legacy flight

World War II-era P-51 Mustangs fly in formation. 


Army Major Zach Rolf poses for a photograph with his father and Vietnam War veteran, Lynn Rolf.


Marines and sailors serving in Iraq hold up Thanksgiving Day cards made by a kindergarten class from Island Creek Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., in 2007.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William Holland drives an inflatable boat in the Caribbean Sea as part of relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew last month.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 71st Anniversary

Edgar Harrison and Delton Walling, Pearl Harbor survivors, applaud during a Dec. 7, 2012, remembrance ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu.

SD attends start of the Rolling Thunder demonstration ride

Rolling Thunder participants gather on May 29, 2016. The annual ride brings together veterans and others seeking to pay respects to those who have served.

Interior shot of the cockpit area of Commemorative Air Force World War II B-29 Bomber aircraft “Fifi” at the Manassas Regional Airport during “Arsenal of Democracy” media day on May 7th, 2015.  B-24, B-17, and B-29 aircraft from World War II participating in the Washington D.C. flyover to celebrate the 70th anniversary of V.E. day, flyover operate from the Manassas Airport. The press were invited to photograph the practice activities and interview American WWII heroes.  (Department of Defense Photo by Marvin Lynchard)

A look through the cockpit of a World War II B-29 bomber sitting on display. 


Captain Louis Zamperini (left) makes a broadcast to the United States after spending 28 months in a Japanese prison camp. (NATIONAL ARCHIVES)

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June 12th, 2015 by AmSJ Staff

Story by Troy Rodakowski • Photographs courtesy of VSA

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Jose Martinez was successful on a recent Veterans Sportsman Alliance-sponsored ram hunt.

“Benefitting the most worthy among us” is the motto of the Veterans Sportsman Alliance, a small nonprofit organization which is a 100-percent volunteer program and operates primarily on donations and sponsorships. Their mission? Get injured and disabled veterans out of their houses and hospitals and into the therapeutic surroundings of  the outdoors. VSA was founded by a family in California, and has recently launched a chapter in Portland, Ore., with plans to expand into Idaho and Arizona in the near future.  “We are a little different than other similar organizations because we not only believe in creating memorable adventures, but we also focus on creating a support network for our veterans by making them a part of our VSA family,” explains Jacqueline Ess, vice president of the Oregon VSA chapter.


Jose’s 135-mile escort was from the Cal / AZ State Line to the Ranch.

In May, they organized a fishing derby for 18 veterans, had a blood drive, held a raffle and put on a concert, all to help raise money for their cause. Many veterans find immense value through the therapy associated with spending time with other veterans on the water and in the field. It’s invaluable to their recovery and growth.

VSA also recently facilitated two separate hunting trips this spring: a ram hunt for Jose Martinez, who is a triple amputee from combat in Afghanistan; and a hog hunt for a father and son who are both still active in the military.  “The VSA has several more hunts, fishing trips and other events planned for the year, and we look forward to making a difference in the lives of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us,” says Ess.
For more information on VSA, visit ASJ

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San Jose Fire Station 9 Union street bridge over hwy 85 for MSG (Ret) John Steinbaugh’s escort and from airport to our hunting ground. Different departments were on six different overpasses put on by San Jose Police and the Patriot Guard Riders. About a 50-mile escort in total.

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