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CFC: Meet the face of change

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CFC: Meet the face of change

Retired Army Colonel Julie Martin perfectly summed up the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign when she wrote, "It represents the annual opportunity for military and federal employees and retirees to ‘give where they live' to their favorite charity." Well aware of the hardships the current pandemic has had on many

CFC: Helping to find hope

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CFC: Helping to find hope

From a borrowed soup kettle, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission began in 1932 to feed and care for those suffering during the Great Depression. "Now we love and care for thousands of our homeless neighbors every day throughout the greater Seattle area," wrote Ashley Carver, the mission's marketing project specialist. "Our mission

CFC: The saint that keeps giving

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CFC: The saint that keeps giving

St. Vincent de Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a welcoming community of individuals committed to offering person-to-person service to those in need. "We are one of the best kept secrets in helping others," commented Tracy Peacock, executive director, as she walked through a well-organized reception yard. "We help those in need,

Former NBA All-Star visits

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Former NBA All-Star visits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Former NBA All-Star and past honorary commander for the 62nd Airlift Wing, James Donaldson, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 24 as the guest speaker for the Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness' Risk Reduction event. The event, focusing on suicide prevention and awareness, took place at Carey Theater with over

Pumpkin patches and corn mazes

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Pumpkin patches and corn mazes

When it comes to family fun, nothing says autumn like pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from in the South Sound. Here is a list of our recommendations. In Tumwater, the Rutledge Corn Maze with all of its attractions and events has become a family tradition

Madigan Pharmacy piloting ‘Drop-off & Return’

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Madigan Pharmacy piloting ‘Drop-off & Return’

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Around the world, pharmacies have developed strategies to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Military Health System (MHS) is no different in that respect. MHS Pharmacies have been playing a vital role in readiness, prevention, providing access to medications and improving health outcomes

Tricare pharmacy rates to increase

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Tricare pharmacy rates to increase

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia - Do you get your prescription drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a TRICARE retail network pharmacy? If so, you'll pay anywhere from $1 to $8 more in copayments starting Jan. 1. "Congress and the Department of Defense worked together on these cost changes as part of the National Defense

Last active duty CSH converts here

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Last active duty CSH converts here

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The 47th Combat Support Hospital re-designated the unit as the 147th Field Hospital and activated the 29th Hospital Center during a ceremony at Watkins Field here, Sept. 10, 2021. The event marked the culmination of efforts beginning prior to 2010 to update the design for the combat

DoD vetted 24/7

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DoD vetted 24/7

Continuous vetting will eventually replace periodic reinvestigations, which are conducted every 10 years for employees with a secret clearance and five years for those with a top secret clearance. It will also include DOD personnel who do not have a clearance, according to Heather Green, assistant director of vetting risk

Myths and facts about the vax

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Myths and facts about the vax

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) - The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to

New DOD way to evaluate pain

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New DOD way to evaluate pain

If you receive care in a military medical treatment facility, you might notice your health care team is using a new method for assessing your pain. The Military Health System is rolling out a new pain management strategy known as the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale, or DVPRS Most people are

JBLM moves to privatize water

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JBLM moves to privatize water

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On Oct. 1, American Water, the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, will assume operations of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's water and wastewater systems. The company was awarded a 50-year contract in September 2020, valued at $771 million, to privatize the water and wastewater utilities

Lacey Children’s Day offers supersized fun

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Lacey Children’s Day offers supersized fun

A favorite family  fall event returns to Lacey this  Saturday, Oct. 2  at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square in Lacey from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event offers fun for kids of all ages!   With a theme of Superheroes, Lacey Children's Day, presented by Chick-fil-A of Lacey, promises big fun

Trails, parks and eats in Thurston County

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Trails, parks and eats in Thurston County

If you consider yourself a Pacific Northwesterner, you're probably aware fall isn't the season to stay inside, it's the time to grab a rain jacket and get outside. Thurston County is the perfect fall destination offering plenty of family-friendly parks and trails to explore, plus some recommended eats to discover. Percival

Enhanced pension benefits announced

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Enhanced pension benefits announced

If you are a wartime veteran who meets certain income, net worth, age or disability requirements, or you are a surviving spouse, then you may be eligible for VA's pension benefits. But did you know that VA's Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits, or enhanced pension, can boost your pension

A boost to BAH coming?

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A boost to BAH coming?

WASHINGTON - Soldiers and families paying unusually high living costs may qualify for a short-term increase in their housing allowance from October through December 2021, finance officials said Sept. 23. To receive the payout, soldiers in designated areas will need to apply through their unit S-1s and show they have incurred

Colorful fall foliage walks and drives near JBLM

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Colorful fall foliage walks and drives near JBLM

Even though Washington is known as the evergreen state due to the Douglas Firs and pine trees that remain green year-round there are plenty of places to see stunning fall foliage near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with stunning color. These colors really seems to pop when contrasted with the evergreens

Malaysian airmen visit JBLM

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Malaysian airmen visit JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a Radar Operations Orientation Course for 12 members of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's 2nd Air Division, 330th Squadron, Aug. 2-27. WADS helped U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces plan and execute the training under the National Guard's State Partnership

A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

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A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

Tori Reim describes herself as lighthearted. "I am really easy going, and I try to see things from other people's points of view," she began. "I feel like too many people take life much too seriously." Reim grew up on a ranch outside of Sahuarita, Arizona, a small mining town just south

Cheaper dental for vets

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Cheaper dental for vets

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with community dental care providers to help improve dental care access for veterans enrolled in VA health care who are currently ineligible for VA dental services. VETSmile: Connecting Veterans with Dentists in their Communities started early July to help eligible

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