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Estimate your disability pay

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) launched their new Medical Disability Retired Pay Estimator, an interactive online tool for medically retiring Wounded Warriors, available at the DFAS website. The scenario-driven tool provides users the ability to estimate their post retirement income from DoD and VA such as retired pay,

HOLDIN' DOWN THE 253: I love sushi

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HOLDIN' DOWN THE 253: I love sushi

I hated sushi until I was 29 (Read: never had it - and didn't know how or what to order that wouldn't, and it would arrive to the table looking and tasting like snotty eyeballs, and I didn't know anything about the ritual that is the mixing of soy sauce

Best of Tacoma 2009: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

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Best of Tacoma 2009: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

  Readers pick The New Frontier Lounge as best new venue Perhaps Weekly Volcano scribe Mark Thomas Deming put it best:   “Remember that gaping hole in the Tacoma live music scene? The one in-between coffee shop Celtic and Death Pussy? It seems like ancient history now, thanks largely to The New Frontier Lounge.”Yes

Best of Tacoma 2009: Bought and Sold

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Best of Tacoma 2009: Bought and Sold

  Readers’ pick urbanXchange best vintage clothing There can you go to get a pair of skinny jeans, some death metal, hear a live music performance and cop a haircut, all in one stop? No. Not your mom’s house. It’s urbanXchange! Let’s start with the clothes, though, because that’s how it all

Best of Tacoma 2009: Food and Drink

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Best of Tacoma 2009: Food and Drink

Readers’ pick Merende best new restaurant Il Trattoria di Merende invites you to slow down, take small bites, and enjoy every one of them. Merende is an Italian tradition of eating small meals in between lunch and dinner; the word literally translates as small bites. These smaller meals are generally

Best of Tacoma 2009: Arts & Entertainment

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Best of Tacoma 2009: Arts & Entertainment

Readers’ pick: Tacoma Little Theatre best local theater The theater to watch in Tacoma next season will be Tacoma Little Theatre, and that is not just because of what is set to happen on stage. It also has to do with whether there will be a stage at all. The

Winter Break Ideas

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Winter Break Ideas

Black bears, an octopus tree, a blimp hangar, museums, the Winter Olympics, ice skating, winter gardens, a castle, and a space center are but a few of the hundreds of settings for day trips in the Washington Puget Sound area.  With winter break just a little over a month away, it's

So Long, Little Holland

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So Long, Little Holland

First the housing market, then Wall Street, then Detroit, and now this.  The Little Holland Drive In?  When will it end?The inevitable, sadly, has proved inescapable: on July 25, Tacoma’s best classic burger stand stood down.   For years the tiny mom-and-pop restaurant defied the odds, going head to head with

A Place to Get Warm

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A Place to Get Warm

When the air cools and the days darken to dreary desolation, trade the dissonance of city noise for the cozy solitude of a winter cabin.  The season offers a peaceful beauty among snow covered hills and crystallized pines, an oasis for the soul.  The warm fireplaces beckon while backyards become

Winter Sports on a Budget

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Winter Sports on a Budget

The Christmas holiday is over, and the budget is tighter this month, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. Although winter sports equipment can be quite expensive at the local resorts, there are some local on-post facilities that are offering good deals on rentals and trips.  To rent equipment, check

Preparing for the homecoming

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Preparing for the homecoming

The deployment is over. Your Soldier is home. Many assume that this will be the "fairy tale" ending of a long, stressful story. Often, however, the homecoming includes some unanticipated strain of its own. Read here for some ideas on how to reduce the strain of the homecoming.     Things

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Bad news bearers - and how they do it

After Kevin Butler was injured falling into power lines, his wife saw three lapels in the doorway: There was a casualty assistance officer, rear detachment commander, and chaplain. But her eyes never left the lapel of the chaplain as she was informed of the fact that her husband had been involved

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Army rethinks ethics classes

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Army leaders who've been prompted to rethink tactics and war-fighting doctrines because of Iraq and Afghanistan also see a need to re-examine how they educate soldiers about ethics. Some of the interest in ethics is tied to the wars: the black eye of the Abu Ghraib prison

Chaplain goes everywhere

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Chaplain goes everywhere

Capt. Carl Subler is a dusty boots chaplain. "I am a priest who happens to be in the Army," he said as we sat and talked outside his tent. "I am here to serve soldiers, any soldier." The only Roman Catholic chaplain assigned to 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Subler has the wonderful

3-17th Field Artillery is king of the battle

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3-17th Field Artillery is king of the battle

FOB Blackhawk - There is deliberateness akin to how a surgeon works that goes into the planning of an artillery strike in the fire direction center, or FDC. Except instead of using a scalpel to work, the center uses 155mm howitzers. Attached to the 5th Stryker Brigade's 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment,

Fort Lewis wife bursts onto music scene

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Fort Lewis wife bursts onto music scene

When American Idol's season nine debuts this January, they will have already missed out on a local rising star. Dawn Joyner, who performs under the name "Elli" has been stationed out of Fort Lewis for the past two years with her soldier and family. Her husband, Sgt. Chris Joyner, is currently

Madigan focuses on bringing warmth to the workplace

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Madigan focuses on bringing warmth to the workplace

Frank Pastizzo used a keyboard, harmonica, a juggling lesson, drama, humor, and life experiences to captivate an audience of about 250 people at Madigan Army Medical Center. In one routine, he demonstrated how easy it is to get people to say what you want them to say. "Say SHOP," Pastizzo said. The audience

Q&A with Fort Lewis’s Jennifer Smith

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Q&A with Fort Lewis’s Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith, known to her friends as Jenn, works tirelessly in the Fort Lewis community to support soldiers and families not only in the 5th Stryker Brigade where her husband commands, but also as the president of the Officer's Spouses Club. The Ranger sat down with her recently to get a

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Dear John

On January 11th, fifty-one Army MWR libraries will begin their Dear John books-to-movies promotions featuring the latest Nicholas Sparks' romantic novel coming to the big screen on February 5th. The promotion offers authorized MWR patrons over the age of 18 multiple opportunities to win movie-related prizes. Those who visit their participating

Operation Family Support

A family’s woes turned fun

When her husband Spc. Nigel Davis deployed, Brenda Davis prepared herself to deal with whatever happened during his absence. So when the family car broke down, a 1997 model, she went for assistance.  She was directed to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that offers assistance primarily to privates through sergeants. As directed,

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