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McChord Spouses' Club awards $50,000 in scholarships

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McChord Spouses' Club awards $50,000 in scholarships

Sixteen hardworking Air Force spouses and dependents were awarded scholarships by the McChord Spouses' Club on Sunday, April 23. The program began in 2013, when the longstanding Enlisted and Officer Spouses' Clubs combined at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord. The $50,000 in scholarships was raised by the volunteer-run McChord Thrift Shop, a nonprofit that

CID unit pays it forward

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CID unit pays it forward

After seeing an article in the newspaper about the American Lake VA Clothing Closet for homeless veterans, CW3 Randall Holladay, operations officer for the 315th Military Police Detachment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, wanted to get his soldiers involved. "I saw the article in The Airlifter and I reached out to Rex

Connecting caregivers

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Connecting caregivers

With the physical and emotional scars of deployments and training injuries lasting months to years, the stress on military caregivers can be intense.  According to the National Military Family Association, there are over 5.5 million caregivers supporting servicemembers and veterans in the U.S., 1.1 million of those are caring for

Pitch in with the Patriot Athletic League

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Pitch in with the Patriot Athletic League

The military and baseball may not seem to have much in common, but Kevin Burke would disagree: "They both focus on teamwork. You have fast guys and strong guys, you figure out someone's strengths and put them where they can best help. The best teams win, not necessarily the teams

Hiking away PTSD

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Hiking away PTSD

Like many of our brave veterans, David Konkler, a retired staff sergeant and gunner on an M1A1 tank, found himself struggling with what he had seen and experienced during his two tours in Iraq. The 12- and 15-month deployments during 2005 and 2010 had left him with the invisible wounds

Sergeants Major Association of the Northwest seeks new members

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Sergeants Major Association of the Northwest seeks new members

Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Sergeants Major Association of the Northwest (SMANW) is reaching out to active-duty servicemembers to continue to build on the 42-year history of the organization.  With more than 125 current members, the SMANW partners with local businesses and organizations, such as the USO, to provide financial support for

Museum prepares for JBLM's 100th anniversary

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Museum prepares for JBLM's 100th anniversary

Erik Flint has been committed to the Lewis Army Museum for the past five years as a volunteer, board member, and now director. With Joint Base Lewis McChord's 100th Anniversary on the horizon, the museum is undergoing a facelift, reopening in time for the centennial events currently being organized. Shortly after

A mother's love builds a foundation

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A mother's love builds a foundation

After moving away from her hometown of Laquey, Missouri, a stone's throw from Army base Fort Leonard Wood, Alicia Harper found herself a single mother to two beautiful girls, working in corporate restaurant management.  After falling in love and marrying her coworker turned husband, James, in 2008, the couple prepared

Free B&B nights for active-duty and vets

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Free B&B nights for active-duty and vets

For the past nine years, hundreds of inns and bed & breakfasts in the U.S. and Canada have opened their doors and hearts to honor our nation's military on Veterans Day with a free night's stay. The B&B for Vets program began when a B&B owner, Kathleen Panek of Gillum House

Reduce back-to-school stress for you and your kids

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Reduce back-to-school stress for you and your kids

Transitioning from free-range summer fun into the back-to-school routine can make September a stressful time for even the most experienced families.  We sat down with Dr. Sadia Ali, a mother and family medicine practitioner at Pacific Medical Center in Puyallup, for her tips on improving sleep schedules, making healthy lunches

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