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The Warrior's Christmas Tale

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The Warrior's Christmas Tale

The National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide (NA2EVS) is sponsoring Blankets for Hope Dec. 17-18.  The blanket and clothing drive is one chapter or event as part of the annual Warrior's Christmas Tale.  According to Tony Dayton, president of NA2EVS and an Iraqi War veteran, "Every veteran has a tale

Detecting diabetes

Military Life

Detecting diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise; over 21 million Americans are currently diagnosed with the metabolic disease, according to the 2014 Center of Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report. This statistic, coupled with the eight million undiagnosed cases illustrates the serious diabetic trend currently impacting the United States. In honor

Connecting caregivers

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Connecting caregivers

With the physical and emotional scars of deployments and training injuries lasting months to years, the stress on military caregivers can be intense.  According to the National Military Family Association, there are over 5.5 million caregivers supporting servicemembers and veterans in the U.S., 1.1 million of those are caring for

SPOUSE magazine - December 2016

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine - December 2016

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the December 2016 Spouse Magazine, click HERE, In this month's issue: <<< Usher in the holiday season with Polar Plaza <<< Destination holiday shopping: West Seattle <<< Shopping in downtown Olympia <<< Santa’s tactical sleigh <<< Puget Sound-area zoos celebrate holiday season

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1-14 Cavalry march CANCELLED

Weather conditions forced the cancellation of the Dec. 8 Cavalry soldiers march through DuPont.

Thespians at Madigan

Stage

Thespians at Madigan

Unlikely though it might seem, a troupe of Olympia actors is helping to train medical personnel at Madigan Army Medical Center. Members of the Heartsparkle Players play the roles of patients who interact with interns, residents and others getting advanced medical training at Madigan's Charles A. Andersen Simulation Center. Last week, Heartsparkle

Medical care on the move

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Medical care on the move

The work is done on a new primary care clinic in Lacey, and military families will be smiling because it's a Tricare facility. The clinic is called the Providence Multi-Service Clinic, and it is a collaborative venture between Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) of Seattle and Providence Medical Group. PacMed is a multi-specialty

CID unit pays it forward

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CID unit pays it forward

After seeing an article in the newspaper about the American Lake VA Clothing Closet for homeless veterans, CW3 Randall Holladay, operations officer for the 315th Military Police Detachment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, wanted to get his soldiers involved. "I saw the article in The Airlifter and I reached out to Rex

Local princesses to appear at holiday party

Military Life

Local princesses to appear at holiday party

The Hansen family in Lakewood is unique for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they have five children, ages 13 to 24. For another, the two youngest daughters of retired Army sergeant Karl Hansen and his wife Rebecca; Kelli, age 16; and Hailey, age 13, happen to be the

The 12th Annual Dickens Festival

Attractions

The 12th Annual Dickens Festival

Twelve years ago, Mario and Frances Lorenz imagined bringing a favorite pastime event from Galveston, Texas, with them to Washington where they relocated. They had enjoyed the Dickens Festival and all that it encompassed so much so, that Mario set out to seek sponsors for Tacoma's very own Dickens Festival.

Southern Fried Christmas tale

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Southern Fried Christmas tale

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest has migrated from the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma to present two popular Tacoma actors in the Southern fried Christmas fare A Tuna Christmas. What a romp! And what a change from the usual holiday stage shows. A Tuna Christmas is a satire with heart. It skewers

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Little Mermaid in Seattle

Fans of Disney's Little Mermaid won't be disappointed putting some cash on a hook and reeling in an evening in Seattle to see the Little Mermaid at the 5th Avenue Theatre.  This homegrown production will go on a 10-city tour after this run here, and for good reason, the production

'It's a Wonderful Life'

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'It's a Wonderful Life'

It's a Wonderful Life's continued, ubiquitous presence is one of the stranger things about the holiday season. Yes, winter is marked by a quiet, almost mournful energy, and it welcomes somber reflection as much as joyful celebration, but come on: It's a Wonderful Life is a movie that literally opens

Family

Madigan patient ignites the holiday spirit

As he walks into the hospital, he sees a winter wonderland of a Christmas tree ahead, decked in gold and white decorations, with birds, deer and other wildlife placed amidst a snow-like scene. Garen Moore, 6, knows what his job is going to be. “I get to light the Christmas

Heroes & Awards

Local vet lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Local retiree Jacob “Jake” Robinson’s humility didn’t stop him from being selected by the national Combat Infantrymen’s Association for a very prestigious honor. Robinson, a 76-year-old veteran from University Place, was selected last month as one of two veterans from across the country to represent the

Heroes & Awards

Local Gold Star Family attends White House party

Lisa Hallett and her family were welcomed into the White House last week to decorate cookies with First Lady of the United States as she and the President’s staff paid their respects to Gold Star families in the waning days of their administration. Hallett, her three children:

Focus

Family visits building named after their loved one

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s only permanently-named building is the two-story concrete structure on Lewis Main inscribed as the Crotts Building. The 15,398-square-foot structure was built in 1951 and is named for World War II hero, Cpl. Lawrence Leigh Crotts, a technician fifth grade with the Third Signal Company,

Heroes & Zeroes

Volunteer coach, captain, paying it forward

The gymnasium inside the Parent Central Services office of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Child, Youth and School Services has a special place in the heart of Kinard Wilder. As a child, he played CYSS basketball from 1993 to 1997 while his dad served in the Army. Now a captain

Heroes & Zeroes

Sergeant First Class Clarence Massey develops the Roughriders’ linemen

Last month, the Puyallup Roughriders youth football team won the 2016 Gold Rush Bowl in Palm Desert, Calif. Between two games, the Roughriders scored 110 points while giving up zero. With that kind of margin, a lot of credit might be given to quarterbacks and running

People Rule

446th airman discovers competitve spirit during triathlon

A single triathlon was all it took for one Air Force Reserve C-17 pilot from the 446th Airlift Wing to propel her competitive spirit into a whole new world of athleticism. Major Judy Coyle, C-17 pilot with the 728th Airlift Squadron, earned first place in the Armed Forces

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