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Home improvement projects to consider

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Home improvement projects to consider

Home improvements can increase the value of your house and increase its salability. To maximize on these improvements, here are some ideas to consider. Wood Deck Addition: According to Laura Mueller in an article entitled "The 6 Most Valuable Home Improvements," renovations to the house exterior provide the best value and

Homeownership is achievable

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Homeownership is achievable

A 1989 standoff between soldiers and gang members in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood led community leaders to address the need for affordable housing. "A study was conducted of the neighborhood, and it revealed that the number of absentee landlords created an abundance of depressed properties," wrote Christina Jarman, a loan advisor at

Building a new stockade

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Building a new stockade

Tuesday morning's groundbreaking ceremony for a new Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) honored the past as it moves into the future. "This new facility will continue to contribute to the readiness of the force here at home and the readiness of the Army," said Lt.

License plate to honor female veterans

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License plate to honor female veterans

A new Washington state license plate designed to honor the state's female veterans has been proposed by State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island, 23rd District). Senate Bill 6433 is "an act relating to creating Washington state women veterans special license plates," reads the Senate Bill Report. Since Rolfes' election to the legislature

Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

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Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

Although little known to most, the naming of the city of Lacey remains mysterious. What is known is that in the 1850s, settlers populated the area. Two of those were Isaac and Catherine Wood. Like many, they worked hard and prospered, but due to the Wood's good reputation as upright citizens, people

H&R Block services available on JBLM

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H&R Block services available on JBLM

There is a connection between every military member serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the tax preparation company H&R Block. "We are here to support the military members and their families with their tax matters," wrote Tina Whitson, district operations coordinator, for H&R Block. In a letter written during World War

Transforming medical health service

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Transforming medical health service

With the goal of transforming health services and reducing duplication created by individual medical commands, the Army, Navy and Air Force have begun the final two years of a multi-year transfer of administration and management responsibilities to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Established in October 2013, the DHA is the military

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

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