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Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

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Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

We all agree that one homeless veteran, or working veteran who is unable to achieve housing security, is one too many. With the scarcity of affordable independent housing or supportive transitional housing, it has become important to explore options for putting vacant rooms and buildings to use to serve veterans. That is

Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

What better way to help Vietnam veterans "Heal and Honor", then by honoring them with an all-day event that will feature prominent guest speakers who served in Vietnam, Vietnam reenactors, as well as special music, military vehicle displays and tours of the Lewis Army Museum. The Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration at

Local Gold Star Kids are not alone

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Local Gold Star Kids are not alone

Gold Star Kids are not alone ... and that is something that 24 Military Gold Star Teens from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray had the opportunity to experience during a paid educational trip to Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York City, provided by Jermaine Kearse Programs. "Making friends is

A raceway, Navy base depot and airport

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A raceway, Navy base depot and airport

Reusing and not abusing space is not anything new in business, but there is one specific industrial area in the city of Lakewood, which currently employs more than 1,500 people in the same buildings that were used by the U.S. Navy back in World War II.  Through the decades, Lakewood Industrial

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Gold Star and military kids day at Miners Landing

The USO NW and Jermaine Kearse Programs invites kids to join them Saturday, April 21, from noon-3 p.m. at Miners Landing on Pier 57 in Seattle, as they honor our military and Gold Star Kids in Washington State. Youth from all branches of service are invited to attend. The ceremony honoring Gold

Creating networks of care

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Creating networks of care

The 2018 Tacoma Dome Veterans Resource Fair and Stand Down is looking to assist even more veterans at this year's event April 28. "The Veterans Resource Fair sets a precedence ... (it's) a community ‘labor of love' that brings together veterans, active-duty members, National Guard and their families from all eras,

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Washington State Patriotic Day

"There was a need for not only the military and veterans, but the general American public, especially youth, to concentrate on and reaffirm their patriotism to the United States of America." - Maj. Gen. John Hemphill For the third year, the Puget Sound Chapter of the Military Order of the World

Madigan Preventive Medicine Building memorialization

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Madigan Preventive Medicine Building memorialization

Madigan Army Medical Center conducted a memorialization ceremony at Madigan's Letterman Auditorium on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday, Feb. 2. The purpose of the ceremony was to name the Preventive Medicine Building (Bldg. 9025) in honor of the late Brig. Gen. Guthrie L. Turner, Jr., who commanded Madigan from June 1980 to

Washington State National Guard Youth represents

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Washington State National Guard Youth represents

Washington State National Guard Youth, Aiden Hunter (age 16), from Onalaska, Washington, was recently selected as one of the 2018 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year Award semi-finalists. "I have gone from being served by military programs to now being a leader and a mentor to other military youth," said

Oldest living nurse in the spotlight

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Oldest living nurse in the spotlight

The Legion of Boom added another "Sherman" to the bunch during their Friday practice Nov. 17. Incredibly enough, having a M4A1 Medium Sherman tank and a U.S. flag flown on the Landing Craft, Tank (LCT) 595 June 6, 1944, during D-Day just feet away from an official Seattle Seahawks practice wasn't

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Washington National Guard hosted its annual menu board selection and food demonstration

The Washington National Guard hosted its annual menu board selection and food demonstration event March 27 in its Aviation Readiness Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord with the goal of selecting this year's new menu items for drilling service members. "Servicemembers need to learn new skills, and those skill sets play a

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Washington National Guard 351st Aviation Support Battalion deploying to Kuwait

Dozens of military helicopters were the background for an important ceremony that took place last weekend at the Washington National Guard's Flight Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. That's because all eyes were on Washington National Guard soldiers from Detachment 1, B Company of the 351st Aviation Support Battalion. Last summer, these servicemembers

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Military major part of Seahawks' NFC Championship game

Staff Sgt. Jerimiah Adkins remembers quite clearly how he learned to love the Seattle Seahawks. "When I was younger, we didn't have a whole lot, but on game days we would all get together and crowd around our little TV and watch the game," he recalled. "During those two hours or

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"Holiday Magic" at Tacoma VFW Post #91

"Christmas this year has been hard on us, especially Thanksgiving," a young Washington National Guard specialist stated while gripping a holiday meal in the main room of the Tacoma VFW Post #91. "We haven't had enough funds to buy our 2-month-old son any gifts." The holidays cause financial stress: shocking holiday

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Words & Photos: National Guard Birthday Run at Camp Murray

"It is important to celebrate the birthday of the Army National Guard in order to take a little time to remember that we are part of an enduring, professional organization built on irreplaceable values with a unified purpose," said Lt. Col. Don Brewer, Washington National Guard Family Programs director. "Sometimes,

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Words & Photos: Operation: Turkey Drop at JBLM and Camp Murray

The Operation: Turkey Drop program, now in its eighth year, helps check off meals from servicemembers' holiday checklists. Servicemembers from a variety of active and National Guard units began receiving turkeys from the program Nov. 25 across Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, offering relief from the financial burdens of holiday

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Washington National Guard 2014 Turkey Trot results, bearded woman spotted

Financial stress comes almost as easily as the joy and happiness holidays bring to families. Reducing financial stress was the primary reason dozens of members of the Washington National Guard and Washington Military Department came together this morning at Camp Murray to get some exercise and help provide meals to

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Words & Photos: Auburn Veterans Day Parade 2014

Veterans Day is always officially observed on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I in 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all American military veterans and their service. On Saturday, the city of Auburn held

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Seahawks mural unveiled at new USO Northwest Center at SeaTac Airport

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sgt. 1st Class Bryant Hargrove spends long days recruiting new members for the U.S. Army. At home, Hargrove's wife spends long nights trying to recruit the soldier into the 12th Man army. "It's always a great experience going to Seahawks games and I'm coming along," said Hargrove. "I

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Never Forget: Vietnam and POW/MIA Recognition Day event in Olympia

Realizing the impact of Prisoner of War and Missing in Action soldiers may be a little difficult for those not directly affected. That is, until watching a family member fight back tears during a Vietnam and POW/MIA Recognition Day event held Friday in front of the Capitol building in Olympia. "It's

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