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Empowered vision

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Empowered vision

Mary Helen has worked at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for over 40 years. "I am one of the small percentage of people who are blind and who are employed," she said.   Nationwide, 70 percent of those who are blind are unemployed. "My steady employment at The Lighthouse has provided the

Working so vets can play outside

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Working so vets can play outside

It's great to be outside! "The outdoors, a lot of times, is about freedom," Ed Bronsdon, the executive director of Outdoors for All, said in a recent news article. Founded in 1979 at Snoqualmie Pass in order to teach 15 children with disabilities to ski, the Seattle-based foundation is dedicated to bringing

USO - always serving

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USO - always serving

The USO strengthens America's servicemembers by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. As a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, the USO is not part of the government and does not receive any government funding. In fact, USO Northwest relies entirely on the generosity of

Beating blood cancer

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Beating blood cancer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma while at the same time improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The LLS, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which was founded in 1949, is the world's largest voluntary health organization

First in the medical community

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First in the medical community

For close to a quarter of a century, the Madigan Foundation has steadfastly, and consistently, labored to make the lives of servicemembers, their families, retirees, and the Madigan Army Medical Center's staff better and healthier. Created in 1995, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation is unique in the community of military medicine. "The Foundation

Food for action

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Food for action

About 40 percent of the food produced annually in this country ends up in landfills. Meanwhile, there are millions of Americans who go hungry. Closer to home, one in seven people in Washington state live with the threat of hunger. One in five of them are children. "Hunger doesn't have to happen,"

Dignity in providing help

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Dignity in providing help

The Minutemen were citizen soldiers who volunteered before the start of the American Revolution to fight British soldiers at a minute's notice. This spirit of responding quickly in helping today's citizen soldiers is evident in the work of the Minuteman Fund of Washington. "The fund provides assistance grants to Washington National Guard

Picture perfect

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Picture perfect

Families that stay at one of the two Fisher Houses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are under stress, perhaps far from home, and always worried about the well-being of a loved one. Especially if that loved one is a baby. "We have a large neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) here at Joint Base

Abolishing a stigma

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Abolishing a stigma

When asked to describe in a single word what HERO House NW meant to them, three individuals who use the clubhouse took up the challenge and answered. "Welcoming," said Jarod. "Home," replied Tatiana. "Exuberating," concluded Jamaal. "People welcome me and treat me like family," explained Tatiana, "and I don't have to worry about the

733 and counting

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733 and counting

Ed Shannon was introduced to the game of golf while growing up in Providence, Rhode Island. "I played a bit as a caddy," he said. Enlisting in the Army in 1963, he went on to serve in aviation logistics to include being an aircraft maintenance officer and test pilot for both

Way outside the wire

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Way outside the wire

During Cascade Challenge 2018, Maj. Khristopher Krueger used the term "battlefield airmen" to describe the individuals involved in the competition.   "This is about sharpening the skills these airmen bring to the battlefield," the air liaison and chief plans officer of the 1st Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,

Final round of golf

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Final round of golf

There were eight men seated at the table; more stood behind and around it. All of them had one thing in common -- they enjoy playing golf at the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. The course sits on 105 acres adjacent to Western State Hospital in Lakewood. The land is leased through

Stressed to win

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Stressed to win

Specialist Kevin Gross appeared to be in deep thought as he stood behind a shed located on Range 111. On the other side of the shed another competitor fired an M249 SAW (squad assault weapon) at targets down range. "I have to stand here; I can't look to see what is

Make someone smile

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Make someone smile

Dental care is essential not only to good health but to a good smile. To underscore this fact, the Pierce County Dental Foundation (PCDF) is holding its inaugural A Day for Smiles Sept. 17-21. Since 2003, the PCDF has supported nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing access to dental care and education. The

eSports champion

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eSports champion

SSgt. Eric Mack, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, won last weekend's PAX West Street Fighter V eSports championship. Spc. Mikaul McDermid, Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, and 2Lt. Ryan Deopante took second, third and fourth place, respectively. Mack's victory earned him a two-night stay at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas along with

You’re connected!

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You’re connected!

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the surrounding municipalities are well connected. This connection informs and strengthens -- both the base and the cities work successfully together to support each other. Not long after 9/11, it became clear that the military and civilian communities needed each other. The ensuing high rate of deployment

Schools to fulfill promise

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Schools to fulfill promise

For parents new to the community, deciding which school to educate one's children is a big decision. The Clover Park School District understands this concern, and it works to ensure that the children in its care receive the best. "Families can expect a welcoming, committed school community, focused on the success of

Neighborhood must-sees

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Neighborhood must-sees

In terms of places to visit and things to do, the area surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord offers a wide variety of historical sites, artistic, and sports venues to visit and enjoy. What follows are four well-known locales that new members to the community will enjoy. Thornewood Castle This English Tudor/Gothic mansion on the

Tall Ships return to Tacoma

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Tall Ships return to Tacoma

A tall ship is coming to Tacoma, and with them comes a sense of 18th century American history. The historic ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit a number of Washington ports, with the Hawaiian Chieftain docking at the Foss Waterway (705 Dock Street) Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24. The creation

Medics compete to be the best

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Medics compete to be the best

A sheen of sweat shone on the face of 1st Lt. David McKeon in the early morning light as he worked on one of two simulated casualties. He worked quickly to assess the patients' conditions and begin the necessary procedures to prepare them for transport to a rear area medical

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