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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

For one who has come from nothing, Senior Airman Louis Shackelford has made a significant contribution to the struggle against COVID-19. "The first obstacle I had to overcome that still echoes through my life was growing up Black, extremely poor, raised by my single mother in one of the poorest neighborhoods/public

Magic therapy dogs

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Magic therapy dogs

Beginning in 2013, my therapy partner, Wilson, and I began volunteering at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. We were fortunate to get this opportunity through Pet Partners, and I am doubly fortunate because I, too, am a veteran, having served 20 years in the U.S. Army. We were assigned to the polytrauma

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Funny ha ha and funny strange

josh blue Last Comic Standing winner and Evergreen State College funnyman Josh Blue will be paying a visit to his old stomping grounds with a show in Tacoma. Either go out to support a local boy done good or just go because he is funnier than a middle school dance. Just

Vaccine update

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Vaccine update

Defense Department officials have said the department will be ready to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible beneficiaries by May 1, in keeping with a White House announcement that on that date, all Americans will be able to get vaccinated if they want to. "We are committed to contributing to the president

Spring road trip on the Oregon coast

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Spring road trip on the Oregon coast

Driving out to Florence for a springtime getaway is an Oregon tradition. As the days get longer, it's a chance to take in fresh ocean air, feel the cold sand on your feet and relax with only the sound of the ocean waves to keep you company. While you'll want to be sure to

What happens to my TRICARE benefit after divorce?

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What happens to my TRICARE benefit after divorce?

If you're getting divorced, the future may seem uncertain. One question in your mind may be whether you'll still be eligible for TRICARE. The answer depends on your sponsor status, length of your marriage, and other factors. "After a divorce, the sponsor and both the sponsor's biological and the sponsor's adopted

Class B uniform update

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Class B uniform update

Soldiers may wear an insignia and some accoutrements on their Class B service uniforms, the Army announced in an update to uniform regulations. The change allows a soldier to wear up to six ribbons in two rows on the left side of the Class B Army Green Service Uniform, along with

Seattle beauty queen deploys

Military Life

Seattle beauty queen deploys

ERBIL AIR BASE, Iraq - Little girls often dream of one day becoming a princess and living the fairytale life. Not many envision lacing up a pair a boots and joining the military, but that was exactly what Lt. Col Beatriz Florez did. She is part of the generation of men

How to get a virtual hearing at the BVA

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How to get a virtual hearing at the BVA

The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) has held over 13,000 virtual tele-hearings. These virtual tele-hearings allow the Board to hold hearings for veterans safely and efficiently from wherever the veteran chooses. Best of all, the technology allows the Board to be more efficient and more productive, increasing the number of yearly

ID cards ‘vectors of disease?’

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ID cards ‘vectors of disease?’

The U.S. Army is looking for alternatives to traditional military identification cards, which are needed to gain entry to bases worldwide but are also "known vectors of diseases," a service bid announcement said. The Army in an April 1 solicitation said it will begin accepting proposals later this month for developing

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A Look At Post-COVID Stress Disorder

As the global COVID-19 pandemic lessens, mental health care professionals are now concerned with confronting post-COVID stress disorder.   To understand the connection between the psychological impact of COVID-19 and PTSD, an Italian survey (the COVID-19-PTSD questionnaire) was created to study this connection.   "These results are relevant from a clinical point of view

Money help for off base

Housing

Money help for off base

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Life in the military can be challenging and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have only made it more difficult. For some service members, veterans and their families, the added worry of civilian layoffs and limited childcare have impacted the financial stability of some households. In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act established a national eviction moratorium to

Army at a crossroads

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Army at a crossroads

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Spc. Brittney Verberkmoes recalled the impact that suicide had on units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after witnessing the grief others felt as they dealt with the tragic loss of a fellow soldier. Verberkmoes, a multimedia illustrator with the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, never had a personal

Service to the core

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Service to the core

Michael Ake's service in his civilian and military occupations is an excellent definition and example of what it means to be a citizen soldier. As both the interim Chief of Police of Tacoma and the commander of the 56th Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG), Washington Army National Guard, his focus is

What’s open in Seattle

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What’s open in Seattle

Seattle is the perfect day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Located 45 miles from JBLM and packed with activities, restaurants and bars it serves as the perfect day getaway, or even an overnight or weekend escape. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place it's important to know before you go. Below

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)

  The majority of previous studies on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) have focused on male populations.   PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event; IHD is a term given to heart problems caused by

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Salute To Military Kids Contest Terms & Conditions

  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. 1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Salutetomilitarykids and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open

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Leave your brain behind

I became double booked this weekend when my daughter found herself at a tae kwon do match that landed her one step closer to being allowed to date. She has to have a black belt, and she just received her white belt with a green stripe. She has awhile, but

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The prodigal returns

Does he miss his native Tacoma? “Every day,” admits actor David Foubert of New York’s The Acting Company, which is bringing its productions of “Moby Dick ‘Rehearsed’” and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to the Broadway Center’s Theater on the Square beginning Feb. 6. Foubert, a graduate of Washington High School in

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"ReMix"

Saturday, the Weekly Volcano attended the reception for Mindy Barker’s art show “ReMix” at the Black Water Café.  Family, friends, scenesters, and art enthusiasts commanded the café previously occupied by many young men in hoodies pounding away on their laptops, who eventually disappeared into the cold night. Besides her hand

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