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ACU and buying that first home

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ACU and buying that first home

For service members and veterans thinking about buying their first home with a Veterans Administration (VA) loan, America's Credit Union can help make that dream come true. "We encourage applicants to place an application for preapproval prior to shopping for a home," said Traci Frazier, the mortgage production manager at ACU.

Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

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Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland introduced the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Calculation Improvement Act to the House of Representatives on April 21, 2022.  Fifty-eight of her Congressional colleagues have signed on in support. The House Report of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is well aware of the act. In

NeuroStim TMS expands

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NeuroStim TMS expands

NeuroStim TMS, a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation to patients in the Pacific Northwest, recently relocated to a larger facility to help individuals in the Lakewood-Tacoma area. "Moving to a larger facility is a great milestone for the whole NeuroStim team," said Walt Guidice, NeuroStim's CEO. "The fact that we

Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

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Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

Transitioning from a military career to a civilian career is not always easy; however, there is the recognition of the value that veterans bring in terms of leadership and teamwork. A recent analysis by LinkedIn's Economic Graph team looked at metropolitan areas where college-educated veterans with a bachelor's degree or more

Training for three badges

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Training for three badges

SPC Mohamed Abdelaziz was not far from a station where soldiers trained to evaluate and treat a casualty for a spinal injury and shock. Sitting cross-legged and writing with an old-fashion wood pencil, he was a study in concentration. "I'm am going over and committing to memory the 12 identifying signs

VA: 113,000 new burn pit claims

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VA: 113,000 new burn pit claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 112,949 claims by veterans have been filed as of Oct. 22 under the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act.  The new law expands the eligibility for health care and benefits for veterans

Store-to-door-service

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Store-to-door-service

  Shopping for that new refrigerator, washer or dryer may come with a few more options, to include improved delivery and installation services, through a new partnership between Home Depot and military exchange officials according to a story by Military Times. According to Karen Cardin, chief merchandising officer for the Army &

Closure for Vietnam veterans

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Closure for Vietnam veterans

In hosting a Vietnam War era Veterans Pinning Ceremony Oct. 20 at Lakewood City Hall, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland's (WA-10) sincerity toward the veterans and their family members was palpable. "My father, William Strickland, is a veteran who served in World War II and Korea," she began. "I know that military families

Local veteran shares his small business story

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Local veteran shares his small business story

DJ Brown enlisted in the Navy in 1986 to take advantage of the opportunity to gain life skills as both an aviation electrician and recruiter. When he retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 2006, he and his wife were in the process of purchasing a UPS store when Mail

Out of the box mental health care

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Out of the box mental health care

While serving as a police officer, David Simonsen realized that his ability to help individuals in distress was limited. "I wanted to be more instrumental in helping people change their behavior so they could have better relationships," he began. "I truly believe the healthier one is in their relationships, the more

2-2 SBCT packs its bags

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2-2 SBCT packs its bags

Moving is complex, especially when it involves a Stryker Brigade. In September, the Army announced that Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 2-2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, will deploy to Korea as part of a regular nine-month, unaccompanied rotation of forces in support of the U.S. commitment to the Republic of

The XLRP to health

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The XLRP to health

The Executive Leader Readiness Program, or XLRP, creates a time for senior commanders, command sergeants major, eligible GS-15s, and their significant others to pause and reflect on their personal and families' holistic health and fitness. The program director is Lt. Col. Lisa Buckles, a nurse practitioner; the co-director is Dr. Karen

Getting the most of your medical benefits

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Getting the most of your medical benefits

The mission of US Family Health Plan (USFHP) is to ensure that all eligible military beneficiaries (active-duty, retirees and their family members under the age of 65) make educated decisions about their healthcare. "I enjoy educating military members about their benefits, which allows them to make the best decisions about their

Big changes to savings plans

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Big changes to savings plans

Recent changes to the Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP, give savers more investment options and easier access to their accounts. The TSP is a retirement account that is similar to a 401(k) plan; it is also at the heart of the Blended Retirement System (BRS). Service members who joined after January

Madigan’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic takes a team approach

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Madigan’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic takes a team approach

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.  To this end, there will be a Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on the first floor of the Madigan Army Medical Center Mall. All

A dedication to helping families

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A dedication to helping families

The Chaplain Family Life Center (CFLC) is dedicated to ensuring family readiness. "The mission of the CFLC is to provide highly specialized education, consultation, and resources for unit chaplains to conduct pastoral counseling," explained Chaplain (Lt.Col.) Collin Grossruck, the center's director. Near the Madigan Army Medical Center, the center has been co-located

JBLM Exchange reopens

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JBLM Exchange reopens

The newly expanded and upgraded Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange celebrated its Grand Reopening Sept. 28. "The modern look and name brands in the main store, mall and food court make the complex look and feel like a shopping center our customers would see outside of the gate," stated Keiana Holleman, a

Meet Chaplain (Maj.) Abram Staten

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Meet Chaplain (Maj.) Abram Staten

Major Abram Staten used the words "life giving" to describe his ministry to the soldiers of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. "Chaplains serve under their own religious calling," he began, "and they help others to excel in life by modeling the tools needed to succeed in life." Growing up in Winnsboro, South

H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

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H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

One of Pfc. Joseph Cifreo's two big toes stopped working. "I ruptured a tendon that controls movement in my left big toe during a Scout Spur Ride," explained the soldier assigned to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. During the challenge, troopers faced a number

An app for medical records

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An app for medical records

Nexudoc is an app designed to help military members receive their medical benefits upon separation from service. "This is a mobile app that was developed to help service members take control of their own military medical records," began Dan Frazee, a certified physician associate with a doctorate in medical sciences. He and

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