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Remembering Operation Urgent Fury

Cdr. John D. Kolata, USN (ret.) was commanding officer of the USS Manitowoc (LST 1180), which conducted the shipborne amphibious assault in the invasion of Grenada on Oct. 25, 1983. In an exclusive for Veterans Life, Kolata writes about the Operation Urgent Fury — and its part in the downfall of the Soviet Union. By [...]

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To ensure a world free of despots, dictators and tyrants | From the editor

By RICHARD WALKER Henry “Penny” Hillaire was smiling in almost every photo on display and in the slideshow at his funeral service. That’s how I remember him. When I met the former vice chairman of the Lummi Nation in 2008, he lit up when his son, Darrell, and I entered the living room. We had [...]

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Navy Band Northwest’s New Orleans-style Deception Brass jazzes up museums’ celebration

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and Kids Discovery Museum are among more than 2,000 museums across America to annually offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, [...]

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Boots2Work, military career fair for transitioning military personnel, Aug. 27 at Cheney Stadium

PORT ORCHARD — Boots2Work, a military career fair for transitioning and retired military personnel and spouses, is scheduled on Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. A variety of industries will be represented, including financial services, government, health care, information technology, logistics, manufacturing, retail, and transportation. The event is free. [...]

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PTSD: It’s real, it’s treatable, and you’re not alone

By RICHARD WALKER Veterans Life POULSBO — It’s been 40 years, but the memories are fresh. MaryAnn Harris was Lt. MaryAnn Franzino then, doing a tour on the U.S. Navy hospital ship Sanctuary four miles off the Vietnam coast, treating Marines wounded on the Vietnam battlefield, working 12-hour shifts six days a week to keep [...]

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Help our veterans, and be in the know | In Our Opinion

Subscribe now to Veterans Life and $5 from your subscription fee will go to the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Fund. Subscriptions are $24 a year. Send a check to Sound Publishing, Inc., Attn: Circulation, P.O. Box 657, Kirkland, WA 98083. Or visit us at 19351 8th Ave., Poulsbo. The fund is part of the Kitsap [...]

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Recognizing the value of each and every animal | Sound Off

By LINDA E. TROUP Commander, USN, retired Have you seen the famous video of Christian, the magnificent adult lion living free in the wild who suddenly sees his long-ago nurturers approaching in distant brush? Christian picks up their scent, becomes visibly excited and rapidly runs toward the two men, their joyful reunion still enjoyed by [...]

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Numbers you can count on: Veterans’ resources in Kitsap County

Here is a list of resources for veterans in Kitsap County. — American Legion Post 109, Silverdale Address: 10710 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. Contact: Email alpost109cmdr@gmail.com, or visit on Facebook. Meets on the third Monday of the month, 7 p.m., at All Star Lanes & Casino. — American Legion Post 149, Bremerton Address: 4922 Kitsap Way, [...]

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Filing a successful claim with the VA, part 2

By THOM STODDERT Veterans Life correspondent In June, I wrote about how a claim for benefits is made, what paperwork is needed, and what to do with the forms (“Vets can power through the VA claims process,” page 12, June Veterans Life). Now, let’s look at what the major benefit programs are and the differences [...]

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Summary of new laws affecting veterans, families | Legislative Update

Veteran- and military-related bills approved by the state Legislature and signed into law in 2014. HB 2130: Veterans innovations program — The Defender’s Fund and the Competitive Grant Program are combined and referred to as the VIP. Sponsor: MacEwen. Effective date: June 12, 2014. SHB 2171: Veterans, military personnel — Amends the Washington Service Members’ [...]

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