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Lending knowledge

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Lending knowledge

Since 2016, the Veterans Lending Group (VLG) has put on live Veterans Administration Loan Bootcamp classes across the country in order to better educate military and veterans' communities about the VA Home Loan Benefits. In conjunction with this educational initiative, VLG has created an On-Demand video class, which allows servicemembers who

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Garrison Community Update

Garrison Community Updates are hosted monthly by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Command Team. The purpose of these meetings is to keep servicemembers, employees and spouses updated as to what is happening on JBLM. This month's update recognized the runners who had trained for and participated in the Army 10-Miler Race. The

Aloha Pride

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Aloha Pride

Specialist Zion Comesario is this year's winner of the annual Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award. "I am honored to receive this recognition," he said during his acceptance remarks. Born and raised in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, he joined the Army in October 2016.   Comesario

Medallion promotes good planning

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Medallion promotes good planning

Veterans know the value of good planning. Not only does a well laid out concept of operations minimize problems, but it also ensures that events move smoothly. Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park honors and respects all veterans for their service. And whether the family members of a passed veteran

Vietnam remembered

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Vietnam remembered

The Smithsonian Channel will commemorate this year's Veterans Day with two premieres offering unique and new aspects of the Vietnam War. A one-hour special entitled, Gun Trucks of Vietnam, airs Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. The feature tells the story of the innovative Army soldiers who were assigned trucks under-equipped

Finally recognized

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Finally recognized

Jessie Castro, Vitaliano Bantiles and Lenenor Jimenez had waited over 75 years to receive due recognition for their service alongside American forces pitted against the Japanese Army in the Philippines during World War II. Joining the three surviving veterans were the next of kin of 57 other Filipino-Americans who received the

Buy a brick

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Buy a brick

This Veterans Day marks another anniversary of the end of the Great War, or World War I, a century ago. Hostilities on the Western Front ceased on at the 11th hour of the 11th day, 1918. On this day this year, Sunday, Nov. 11, Americans will pause to honor those men

Clover Park breaks ground on middle school

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Clover Park breaks ground on middle school

The Clover Park School District is making good on its mission to create promising futures for the children it serves at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and in Lakewood. This past Monday afternoon, school district officials and local community leaders picked up shovels to break ground for the construction of a new school.

Living a financial life

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Living a financial life

Listening to Dave Jennings talk, one begins to think the man's life is a guide in creating multiple careers. Born in an Army hospital near the Panama Canal, he spent 18 years exploring the environment. "I fished, hunted alligators, played baseball, football, camped and surfed," Jennings said.   After high school, he joined

TRICARE changes coming

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TRICARE changes coming

In the coming months, the Defense Health Agency will implement significant changes to the TRICARE health benefit which will affect many of its 9.4 million patients worldwide. A sizable number of these TRICARE patients -- more than 281,000 -- live in the Puget Sound area. Beginning Nov. 12, TRICARE patients may choose

2018 CFC Guide

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2018 CFC Guide

CFC is your opportunity to give to local and national charities through your payroll.  Millions of dollars are donated annually. From September to December, you can choose the CFC organizations you'd like to support. Inside this guide are many local options

Empowered vision

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Empowered vision

Mary Helen has worked at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for over 40 years. "I am one of the small percentage of people who are blind and who are employed," she said.   Nationwide, 70 percent of those who are blind are unemployed. "My steady employment at The Lighthouse has provided the

Working so vets can play outside

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Working so vets can play outside

It's great to be outside! "The outdoors, a lot of times, is about freedom," Ed Bronsdon, the executive director of Outdoors for All, said in a recent news article. Founded in 1979 at Snoqualmie Pass in order to teach 15 children with disabilities to ski, the Seattle-based foundation is dedicated to bringing

USO - always serving

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USO - always serving

The USO strengthens America's servicemembers by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. As a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, the USO is not part of the government and does not receive any government funding. In fact, USO Northwest relies entirely on the generosity of

Beating blood cancer

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Beating blood cancer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma while at the same time improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The LLS, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which was founded in 1949, is the world's largest voluntary health organization

First in the medical community

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First in the medical community

For close to a quarter of a century, the Madigan Foundation has steadfastly, and consistently, labored to make the lives of servicemembers, their families, retirees, and the Madigan Army Medical Center's staff better and healthier. Created in 1995, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation is unique in the community of military medicine. "The Foundation

Food for action

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Food for action

About 40 percent of the food produced annually in this country ends up in landfills. Meanwhile, there are millions of Americans who go hungry. Closer to home, one in seven people in Washington state live with the threat of hunger. One in five of them are children. "Hunger doesn't have to happen,"

Dignity in providing help

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Dignity in providing help

The Minutemen were citizen soldiers who volunteered before the start of the American Revolution to fight British soldiers at a minute's notice. This spirit of responding quickly in helping today's citizen soldiers is evident in the work of the Minuteman Fund of Washington. "The fund provides assistance grants to Washington National Guard

Picture perfect

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Picture perfect

Families that stay at one of the two Fisher Houses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are under stress, perhaps far from home, and always worried about the well-being of a loved one. Especially if that loved one is a baby. "We have a large neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) here at Joint Base

Abolishing a stigma

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Abolishing a stigma

When asked to describe in a single word what HERO House NW meant to them, three individuals who use the clubhouse took up the challenge and answered. "Welcoming," said Jarod. "Home," replied Tatiana. "Exuberating," concluded Jamaal. "People welcome me and treat me like family," explained Tatiana, "and I don't have to worry about the

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