Battle of la Drang: First battle of the Vietnam War

By Military1 Staff The Battle of la Drang is known as the first battle of the Vietnam War between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnamese Army on Nov. 14-16, 1965. Retired Col. Tony Nadal talks about his experience during this historic fight at LX-XRAY, one he'll never forget.  <!--cke_bookmark_121S--><!--cke_bookmark_121E--> More

Vigilant Walrus: Testing the skills of EOD techs

By By Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti and Senior Airman Miles Wilson AL UDEID AIR BASE, QATAR — Most of the crew is asleep, but for a few members. Outside, the sun is peaking over the horizon, sending long shadows across the terrain and buildings. Suddenly a loud banging from the door echoes through the hallway, breaking the silence and waking up the crew. The banging continues, and an Airman opens the door to discover a panic-stricken Airman holding onto her uniform blouse, wires protruding from ... More

USCG seizes $420 million in 17 separate stops

Sun Sentinel The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday is scheduled to offload about 16 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades. According to the agency, the drugs have an estimated wholesale value of about $420 million. The drugs were interdicted along Central and South America during a 26-day period by Coast Guard and Canadian ships as part of the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, according to Coast Guard officials. The drugs being offloaded by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James represent 17 separate suspec ... More

Double-amputee USMC veteran completes police academy

By Steve Burns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution When he was growing up in metro Atlanta, Matias Ferreira attended the 1996 Olympics. That was when he first developed respect for men in uniform, according to a report in That helped lead Ferreira, a Morrow High graduate, to join the Marines. Although he had both legs amputated below the knee after an incident involving a hidden explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011, Ferreira, 28, is staying in a uniform. This week, he became a police office ... More

Do you have PTSD or Complex-PTSD?

By Military1 Staff Veterans and first responders are familiar with post-traumatic stress symptoms and the PTSD diagnosis. However, most are unfamiliar with a related condition: Complex-PTSD.  C-PTSD, also known as Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS), is used to diagnose those who suffer from chronic trauma that goes on for months or years, such as POWs or first-responders who are repeatedly exposed to death and carnage on emergency calls.   Victims of C-PTSD are ... More

Proposal to ban smoking from all VA sites

Barrie Barber Dayton Daily News, Ohio An Ohio congressman has targeted smoking at Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics and campuses nationwide. U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Iraq war veteran and a doctor, has introduced House legislation that would immediately ban smoking inside VA health care clinics and hospitals and outdoors within five years. “Exposure to second hand smoke puts veteran patients at unnecessary risk,” Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati and chairman of the subcommittee on health ... More