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From war to watercolor

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From war to watercolor

The life of a military veteran isn't always a glorious one. The things that are witnessed, heard and felt can significantly alter the mind into a place of darkness and despair. In these instances, finding a healthy coping mechanism is imperative to make the healing journey as beneficial as possible.

Happy holidays?

Military Life

Happy holidays?

With the holiday season in full swing, a wondrous flurry of sparkling dazzlement, good tidings and cheer is in the air. Although the chill and frost inspires inner feelings of warmth and coziness for some, it can serve as the catalyst of melancholic hopelessness for others. Seasonal Depression or Seasonal

Homegrown Christmas spirit

Military Life

Homegrown Christmas spirit

The focus of many familial holiday traditions revolve around a tree; decorating, gift-giving and storytelling bring people together and serve as the perfect backdrop to memory making during this wondrous time of year. Before stockings are hung and sparkling lights strung, finding the perfect tree is paramount for creating the

Military Life

Making health a priority

Sadly, the avenue of men's health does not receive as much attention as it deserves; often eclipsed by the hues of pink and fundraisers associated with women's health and illness. For this reason, Pacific Medical Centers' Primary Care Physician Dr. David True has reached out to advise, inform, and give

Let there be lights!

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Let there be lights!

The holiday season is filled with social engagements and established traditions. From cookie baking to Hallmark movies, to ugly sweaters and mystery gift-giving exchanges, the wonders of wintery goodness make for a delightful time of year. Amongst the whirlwinds of candy canes and Christmas carols, consider incorporating a trip to

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Combating cancer

Breast cancer is an ever-present and unfortunate reality in America. One in eight women are diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, and it is the second leading cancer-causing death among women in the United States, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With staggering statistics across the board and

Better with age

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Better with age

It's no secret that getting older isn't quite what younger versions of ourselves hoped it to be. As years pass, bedtimes are traded for backaches; summer vacations are forfeited for overtime; and the youthful, spritely mentality we once took for granted wanes as our age makes the steady numerical climb.

Work for Warriors

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Work for Warriors

If there is one military-related issue that has gained recognition over the past few years, it is the importance of finding work for veterans once they depart from duty. Although there is a plethora of these types of resources available for servicemembers and vets in general, there is an unfortunate

All aboard: Traveling in safety and style

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All aboard: Traveling in safety and style

Summer is in full swing! Amidst the poolside lounging and sunscreen slather, people celebrate sun-shining freedom by packing their bags and saying Au revoir to our beloved Evergreen State in favor of one alluring destination or another. Whether traveling solo or booking a trip with the whole family in tow,

Eye of the beholder

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Eye of the beholder

Summer is fast approaching, and glorious sunshine in the sky means shorts, flip-flops and perhaps most importantly: sunglasses. Far more than a fashionable accessory, sunglasses play an important role in eye health and protection, an often overlooked summertime precaution. Fortunately, Pacific Medical Centers' Ophthalmologist Dr. Tony Huynh is on duty

The sweetness of organization

Military Life

The sweetness of organization

Imagine it's Friday afternoon and the work day is almost done. The clock hands tick toward freedom. The weekend beckons. You're getting ready to pack up for the day and notice that the jar of candy you keep on your desk has been shaken up, dispersing the color-coded candies randomly

Brandman University: one-stop education station

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Brandman University: one-stop education station

Education is undoubtedly important for military personnel; it can mean the difference between a successful military-to-civilian career transfer and a difficult one. Attending college while working a hectic work schedule can also be challenging. Luckily, JBLM's Brandman University campus is available to help servicemembers tackle the responsibility successfully. Enter Sales &

Alternative TRICARE option

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Alternative TRICARE option

The military lifestyle can be hectic; with countless obligations and a strong sense of dedication, tackling medical to-dos can take valued time out of soldiers' busy lives. Thankfully, Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) is a provider of the United States Family Health Plan (USFHP), a TRICARE Prime option based on ease,

Crescent Moon Gifts

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Crescent Moon Gifts

There's no doubt that this time of year can be stressful; the tidings of good cheer can get lost in the holiday hustle and bustle. Luckily, Tacoma's own Crescent Moon Gifts offers an incredible selection of unique gift ideas as well as a tranquil shopping experience. Located on the beloved 6th

iRest: A new frontier for healing

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iRest: A new frontier for healing

With the number of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases among military personnel on a tragic rise, methods of coping are not only welcome but imperative. Perhaps there is a silver lining: As stressors of the military lifestyle become more evident, so do the alternative therapeutic treatments available for alleviation. One such

A night to remember those we will never forget

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A night to remember those we will never forget

It's no secret the USO is one of the military's biggest allies; its constant dedication and support of servicemembers has been apparent since its establishment in 1941. Currently, USO Northwest serves more than 750,000 military and their families annually, truly living through its mission statement of "strengthening America's military service

Nocturnal: Vol. 1

South Sound Cinema

Nocturnal: Vol. 1

As the daytime heat transitions from enjoyable to unbearable, people may be tempted to return indoors and seek refuge in fans and air-conditioned establishments. Thankfully, the up-and-coming Tacoma Artists Collective (TAC) is bringing nighttime summer entertainment to the community with its immersive event Nocturnal: Vol. 1. Evident by its name, Nocturnal:

Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

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Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

When choosing the ideal bar, one must go through a mental checklist of the attributes of importance: ambiance, drink and food selection, friendliness of staff, and more. In order to hook patrons into returning, these characteristics must be met for people of all different interests and tastes. Luckily, South Tacoma

Clinic turns 1

News Front

Clinic turns 1

It's been a year since Pacific Medical Centers opened its Lakewood location, promising a special niche for military personnel in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area. It seems as though the company has delivered, as its popularity within the military community has been strong and well justified. With guaranteed same-day appointments

Calling all moms!

Military Life

Calling all moms!

Pregnancy is a time one never forgets. The nine-month period is one filled with its share of joys and torments, from the sacred "pregnancy glow" to insatiable late-night cravings and absurdly stretchable pants. For many, author Heidi Murkoff's What to Expect When You're Expecting series serves as a sort of

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