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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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The Wall: A traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial returns to Washington state

  CHEHALIS — Most people know at least one man or woman who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Most of those veterans know some who never made it home. From July 31 to Aug. 3, the public can honor those men and women who gave their lives in service to their country [...]

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One woman’s tireless advocacy for vets

By CHRIS CHANCELLOR Her name has become synonymous with helping people through the complexities of obtaining benefits through Veterans Affairs. But even Lynn Currie Shoup, a Kitsap County mortgage specialist, acknowledges she did not always understand the value of military service. That changed during the late 1990s when her boyfriend at the time, who served [...]

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Ceremonial therapies favored by Native American veterans

Native American veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find relief and healing through an alternative treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony offered at the Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital. In the Arizona desert, wounded warriors from the Hopi Nation can join in a ceremony called Wiping Away the Tears. The traditional cleansing ritual helps dispel a [...]

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Seabeck Army veteran has an olive drab hobby

By Leslie Kelly He calls it “olive drab fever.” It’s that love of Army green, especially on vehicles and Vern Christopher never gets tired of it. “No, no,” he said. “It gets in your blood.” Christopher, a resident of Crosby, a small bend in the road southwest of Seabeck , is an Army veteran and [...]

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