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A campaign for hidden heroes

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A campaign for hidden heroes

The Campaign for Inclusive Care is just underway. On Jan. 31 of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation launched the campaign, which focuses on ensuring that military caregivers are completely integrated as a part of their service member or veteran's medical team. "We know that

Lakes High School student earns JROTC award

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Lakes High School student earns JROTC award

Emile Skeete was selected in January as the Cadet of the Month by the 8th Brigade of the U.S. Army Cadet Command. The brigade oversees Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp -- JROTCP programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. A junior at Lakes High School and a

An elite member of an elite club

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An elite member of an elite club

Sgt. Tori Beaver believes her family's history of service in the Army predestined her decision to enlist on Sept. 6, 2016. "The best decision I ever made," the Army brat from Kansas succinctly wrote in an email. Beaver currently is assigned as a medic to 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th

Bowling Classic returns

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Bowling Classic returns

For the past decade, the USO Northwest has hosted its Seattle Golf Tournament which highlighted competition between Army, Marine, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard members. "Due to (the golf tournament's) success," began Donald Leingang, executive director, USO Northwest, "we were thinking about other competitions that the military would

It’s about teamwork

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It’s about teamwork

Dan Cathers, Virginia Nickelson, Frank Hyke, Tonya Borden, David Edgeworth, Jon Eaton, Kevin Henry and I traveled to Seattle last Sunday morning to participate in one of GORUCK's popular Star Course 15K Events. Along with their rucks, the others wore their red shirt affiliation with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB)

A hot and lifesaving sauce

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A hot and lifesaving sauce

In a fashion, a hot sauce can save lives. "Fire in The Hole hot sauce is made from our own certified organic garlic, peppers and our on-site raw honey," began Angela Sullivan, executive assistant for Growing Veterans, an organization that helps veterans. "These bottles pack just the right balance, heat and sweet." The

Pierce College leads the nation in vocation

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Pierce College leads the nation in vocation

Serving in the Armed Forces provides service members with a measure of experience, a modest paycheck, medical coverage and housing.  But the largest benefit to be found is the classroom, particularly when a service member begins to consider transitioning from the military into the civilian job market. "Tuition assistance is an incredible

Troxell returns to the Northwest

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Troxell returns to the Northwest

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell has returned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) community. "We were here for so many years as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and as I Corps' Command Sergeant Major," he wrote in an email. "JBLM is

Planning for a career beyond the military

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Planning for a career beyond the military

Benjamin Franklin observed that an education is the investment in oneself that pays the best interest. This is a statement Army veteran Eddy Cruz embraced when he transitioned from the military to the civilian work world. "Look for what you can learn and how you can add to yourself," he wrote in

Fuel your rush!

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Fuel your rush!

As Scott Mills neared the end of his close to 23 years of service in the Air Force, he knew that he wanted to go into business for himself. The service had allowed him to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautics and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. "I think my dad's

Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

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Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

Gratitude characterized the 10th Annual Ham Grenade stop at the Warrior Transition Battalion at the Madigan Army Medical Center last Friday morning. "This event and all the events we host are to say thank you for the many sacrifices our military families live out every day," said Isabella Colvin, vice president

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

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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

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