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Filing suit for sexual abuse

  Sexual abuse and assault impact millions of Americans across the country each year.  These acts of blatant disregard for others inflict physical trauma and emotional distress.   A civil sexual assault lawsuit can help survivors recover damages for the harm inflicted.   According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAIN), survivors usually

Keeping trust in tune

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Keeping trust in tune

Connie Byzinker's career with the Washington Army National Guard as an assistant inspector general started when she first learned to play the oboe in the fourth grade. "I continued through high school," she began, "and before graduation in 1967, my mother found an Army recruiting ad for female musicians. I answered

He led by example

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He led by example

From the time he was about six years old growing up in Boise, Idaho, John Allen Hemphill knew that he wanted to serve in the military. In high school he was an all-state center on the football team. A Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet in both high school and for a

PCSing to Alaska

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PCSing to Alaska

The RMG Real Estate Network works to make  the mission of moving to Alaska a less daunting challenge. "It's no small feat," wrote Jake Nelson, a buyer's specialist, in an email. "Leave room for adjustment. Whether you plan on flying, driving or taking a ferry, it is a long trip. We

Sexual assault in the military

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Sexual assault in the military

At this moment, sexual assault is the most prevalent crime in the United States. "But the thing is," wrote Jenifer Kuadli in an article entitled "32 Shocking Sexual Assault Statistics for 2021", "sexual assault statistics reflect that many crimes are still not fully addressed or understood." Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III

PTSD and heart disease

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PTSD and heart disease

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

Service with humility

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Service with humility

After an unfortunate turn of events, a respected Washington National Guard soldier had been jailed. While the soldier awaited his court appearance, the state's Adjutant General took the time to visit and talk to him. He told the soldier that he was accountable for his actions, but more importantly he

Two jobs, one community

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Two jobs, one community

Maj. Ashley Coffey, a senior human resource officer with the 56th Theater Information Operations Group, Washington Army National Guard, intelligently and seamlessly blends her military responsibilities with her civilian job as a program manager with Amazon's Global Military Affairs team. "I'm lucky enough to be able to serve the military community

COVID compounding depression, trauma

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COVID compounding depression, trauma

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

A most resilient soldier

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A most resilient soldier

In facing numerous challenges in life, Spc. Isamar Hansen, 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, personifies resilience. "There have been a lot of challenges in my life," she stated in an email. Born and raised in Venezuela, she came to America as an International student to learn English at North Seattle Community College. While

Earning her tab

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Earning her tab

In thinking back on becoming the 32nd female soldier to earn a Ranger tab, 1Lt. Brittany Taylor neatly articulated the progress of history. "I do not think I have made history, but continued history," she wrote in an email.  "I am forever grateful for all of the trailblazing women who have

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

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

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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

One tenacious airman

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One tenacious airman

Captain Melissa Jordan currently serves as the Air Force Public Health Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the flight commander of Aerospace Medicine, and the Public Emergency Officer for the 62nd Airlift Wing. Her life started hard in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania when she was born to parents who had recently separated from the

Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

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Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

The Army is changing the culture in which it recruits, retains and trains the next generation of soldiers, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is leading and meeting the challenge. The Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) system is a United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) initiative which remodels how the Army creates and

A first right here

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A first right here

Captain Daniel Mathews, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 7th Infantry Division,  became the Army's first public affairs officer to earn the Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) in October 2020. Like the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers assigned to combat tasks,

Airman “lead” in disasters

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Airman “lead” in disasters

Lt. Col. Bruce Simpson takes a holistic approach to his service in the Washington Air National Guard (WANG). "The military has a diversity of people and missions," he wrote in an email, "but the sum of all the parts is truly amazing." Simpson (no relation) joined the Guard in 2008 in response

At Election Time, Hire a Vet

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At Election Time, Hire a Vet

As an attorney and the City of Lakewood's deputy mayor, Jason Whalen consistently works in a collaborative manner. "Rather than worry about partisan politics or who gets credit for what," he wrote in an email, "we know that the mission is best achieved by working together for the common good." That common

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AUSA TO TEE UP

Those reeling from their COVID-19 lockdown this spring will find heading off to a favorite golf course sweeter than ever before, especially when supporting local troops. That will be the driving motivation for this year’s 28th annual AUSA Golf Tournament. The fairway and greens event will be held at JBLM’s

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