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Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

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Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

To ensure that deployed service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Pierce County could vote in the recent 2019 elections, the county's auditor's office piloted the first mobile elections platform in Washington state. "We opted to try a mobile voting solution when we were confronted by the imminent withdrawal from

Soldier honored at Rogers High School

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Soldier honored at Rogers High School

Rogers High School in Puyallup unveiled a monument last Friday afternoon honoring Medal of Honor recipient SSgt. Ronald Shurer. Escorted by the school's Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cmdr. Duane O'Brien and Command Sgt. Maj. Erica Gonzales, the 1997 graduate of the school and his family spent the day

Spreading the holiday spirit

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Spreading the holiday spirit

For many Americans, the holiday season is one filled with family fun, food and festivities accented by cards, lights on a Christmas tree, and nicely wrapped gifts. But for some service members' families, their military budgets do not leave much leeway in order for them to celebrate a traditional Christmas holiday. To

Local business helps send veterans to nation’s capital

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Local business helps send veterans to nation’s capital

Brown Bear Car Wash is proud to support veterans and donates to causes that benefit them. When asked why the business does this, Steve Palmer, chief financial officer and marketing director, simply said, "You are the best of us." Since 1957 when Vic Odermat, Brown Bear's founder and chief executive officer, opened

From grassroots to holiday gifts

Military Life

From grassroots to holiday gifts

The Adopt A Family Program pairs donors with wounded veterans' families in need across the nation to ensure there are Christmas presents under the tree and a hot meal on the table. This spreading of Christmas cheer began in 2013 and expanded in 2016 to include post 9/11 Gold Star Families. The

Get a VA/Medicare Advantage combo

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Get a VA/Medicare Advantage combo

As veterans approach 65 years of age and Medicare eligibility, there are questions about Medicare Advantage and how it meshes with their Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. Traditional Medicare is available; however, the number of veterans -- with or without VA benefits -- has increased who have enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Also known

Connecting with the Blues

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Connecting with the Blues

APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home is a documentary produced by two filmmakers seeking to reconcile what they learned in school about the War in Vietnam versus what they heard from that war's veterans. A screening and discussion of the film will be held this Veterans Day weekend at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov.

In search of one’s roots ... and health

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In search of one’s roots ... and health

There is a Chinese proverb that goes as follows: "To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root." The writer is unknown; the sentiment is clear.  It is in this spirit that Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) commenced Oct. 17 with soldiers assigned to the

Vet gives back to military families

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Vet gives back to military families

When Tim Tooker and his wife, Kareen, arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, they purchased a house in Puyallup with the intention of quickly reselling -- or flipping -- it. They did, and they made some money. Since this plan worked, they decided to continue buying and flipping homes. While the idea

Veterans Day events

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Veterans Day events

This Veterans Day weekend there are many events throughout the South Sound honoring veterans. The following is a list of some of the events you can attend. FRIDAY, NOV. 8 Veterans Day Social & Happy Hour Meet student veteran leadership and University of Washington student veterans to celebrate in advance of Veterans Day.

Leading by example

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Leading by example

An antique student desk serves as a daily reminder to Ron Banner as he serves the students and parents in the Clover Park School District. "It is an honor to be selected superintendent," he said in a February 2019 news release. "My goal has always been to ensure that young people

The 2-2 leads Army’s first ESB certification

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The 2-2 leads Army’s first ESB certification

The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is the first to host the new Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) training and testing in conjunction with the established Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) certification last week on Joint Base Lewis-McChord North. The EIB was authorized in 1944 to honor the infantry soldier's

Free Christmas trees for the troops at JBLM

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Free Christmas trees for the troops at JBLM

A Christmas tree certainly brightens the holiday season. AD: $100 off premium bed liners from LineX-NW.  COUPON HERE Dec 7, 2019 from 3-7 p.m. the Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation will have roughly 550 free Christmas "Trees for Troops" during the base's Winterfest - stay tuned here for

K9 HERO shapes combat medicine

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K9 HERO shapes combat medicine

Like the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines they serve beside, the health and lives of military working dogs, or MWDs, are just as valuable. This point was highlighted during the most recent Army's Best Medic Competition held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  As 58 of the Army's best combat medics vied for the

'Return to Hardwick'

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'Return to Hardwick'

A historically significant and award-winning documentary about the 93rd Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force during World War II, which was based at Hardwick Airfield, Station 104, England, will be presented at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Return to Hardwick, Home of the 93rd Bomb Group, will be shown

Living the American Dream

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Living the American Dream

The idea of home ownership is still a part of the American Dream. "Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord's," began Steve Fryer, in an article entitled "Want to Increase Your Family's Wealth? Here's How!" "Buying your own

It takes a village

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It takes a village

Earlier this month, the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center and Quixote Communities hosted a groundbreaking event for the new Orting Veterans Village -- a tiny house village -- to be located at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs' (WDVA) Soldiers Home. Established in 1891 for Civil War veterans, Soldiers Home

USO - the force behind the forces

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USO - the force behind the forces

The USO, or United Service Organizations, strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country wherever their service takes them. As a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization, the USO is not part of the government and therefore does not receive any government funding. Closer to home, the area's

Express is committed to serving you

Jobs & Education

Express is committed to serving you

Express Employment Professionals of Pierce County (otherwise known as Express) is driven by a commitment to excellence based on its knowledge of the area's businesses and their career opportunities. "We work with job-seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience," General Manager Monika Lewis explained in

Working in the dirt

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Working in the dirt

For individuals looking to get some dirt on their hands and keep their minds sharp, they might want to consider attending the Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC). HEC offers an education that focuses on the skilled trades involved in heavy equipment and crane operations that serves their students well and

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