Connecting Vets

Fallen soldier included in daughter's senior photos

Julia Yllescas has never doubted that her dad has always been with her. But now she, and the whole world can see it, thanks to help from photographer and military spouse Susanne Beckmann. Beckmann, of Snapshots by Suz has been photographing Nebraska teen Yllescas since she was 9 years old and...
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Journalist, Marine veteran Austin Tice captive after 7 years

This story originally published Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:51 a.m. EST. It was updated Aug. 14 at 11:20 a.m. It's been more than 2,557 days since Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother was captured in Syria. He turned 38 on Sunday. Aug. 14 marks seven years since his abduction near Damascus --...
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Airport terminal comes to a standstill for returning remain of Col. Roy Knight | Connecting Vets

Colonel Roy Knight of Millsap, Texas was killed during the Vietnam War, May 1967. This week, he came home to Texas -- and brought an entire airport terminal to a standstill. "I'm at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening," tweeted...
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Rolling Thunder 2020: AMVETS takes over Memorial Day weekend event

Rolling Thunder will keep on rolling. This year Rolling Thunder leadership, citing costs and communication issues, said 2019 would be its final ride . But Connecting Vets has learned veterans service organization AMVETS is stepping up to fill the gap and continue the annual Washington, D.C. event...
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Book teaches about 9/11 through the eyes of FDNY firefighter

Those who experienced 9/11 will never forget that day. The images of airplanes hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon remain vivid nearly two decades after the attacks. But there is now a generation of military kids who have no personal recollection of the event. Kristie Kiernan Bouryal has...
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Tom Cruise drops "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer at Comic-Con

Maverick's back and he hasn't lost his need for speed. The trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick" dropped Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego and here it is: Video of TOP GUN 2: Maverick Trailer (2020) Tom Cruise returns 33 years after the original "Top Gun" as Navy pilot Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell,...
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Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin punches moon landing denier in the face

As a former fighter pilot, an MIT grad and one of the first human beings to ever walk on the moon, we didn't think legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin could get any cooler. But after watching the video of him punching a heckler in the face, we have a whole new kind of love and admiration for him. Video...
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Don't storm Area 51, Air Force tells Facebook group planning to come to base

Part of us really wants to see an army of alien enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, meme artists and other weird warriors actually try to invade a remote Air Force base in order to prove the government is secretly hiding proof of alien life forms. But after a Facebook event called "Storm Area 51,...
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NOAA designates Mallows Bay in Potomac River sanctuary to protect Ghost Fleet

In Mallows Bay in the Potomac River, 40 miles south of D.C. are 118 WWI-era U.S. Emergency Fleet Corporation steamships partially submerged in the water. How did so many of these ships end up in Mallows Bay? The Ghost Fleet of more than 100 wooden steamships were built in response to threats from...
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Maryland Chick-fil-A manager changes tire for World War II veteran

Hearing the phrase "My Pleasure" can only mean one thing--Chick-fil-A. The nationwide fast-food chain is known for its efficient service and extremely kind staff, so it's no surprise a store manager took time out of his day to help a veteran in need. The customer known as "Mr. Lee" by employees was...
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