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Making mental-health care for veterans a priority

By Dr. JOHN MATECZUN and BARBARA VAN DAHLEN On Veterans Day, we were reminded of the millions of brave men and women that have stood on the front lines for our country. But rarely are we reminded of what these soldiers and military personnel endure once they rejoin civilian life. Nationally, nearly 30 percent of [...]

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A beacon of ‘Hope’ for those with PTSD

By SPENSER R. HALEY Veterans Life Community Advisory Board As a patient who has a prescription for medical marijuana, it has been difficult at times finding a dispensary that offers outstanding service as well as exceptional product — let alone one owned and operated by a fellow Army veteran. Fortunately, that is precisely what I [...]

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Medal of Honor Recipients

LT. RICHARD M. McCOOL JR., USN (1922-2008): For heroism fighting a fire caused by a kamikaze attack on June 10-11, 1945 aboard USS LCS (L-3) 122, off Okinawa. Attained the rank of captain. Lived on Bainbridge Island; died in Bremerton. Citation “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Part Seven VIETNAM WAR LT.COL. BRUCE CRANDALL, USA (1933-): For heroism delivering ammunition and evacuating the wounded at Plie Me, Nov. 14, 1965. Born in Olympia. All-American baseball player in high school. Served in Korea and Vietnam. Lives in Manchester. CITATION “Major Bruce P. Crandall distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism as a Flight Commander in [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Part Six KOREAN WAR COL. ARCHIE VAN WINKLE, USMC (1925-1986): For heroism on Nov. 2, 1950 in Sudong, Korea. A staff sergeant at the time, he led his platoon on a successful night counterattack to reunite his troops. President Truman presented him the Medal of Honor at the White House in 1952. He also received [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Part Five WORLD WAR II MACHINIST DONALD K. ROSS, USN (1910-1992): For heroism during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on the USS Nevada (BB-36) and other ships in Pearl Harbor. Working alone in the dynamo room, he continued to supply the power needed to move the battleship out to sea. Attained the rank of captain. [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Part Four PEACETIME QM DEMETRI CORAHORGI, USN (1880-1973): For heroism when the boiler exploded aboard the USS Iowa on Jan. 25, 1905. He was a fireman 1st class at the time. Born in Trieste, Austria; worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1907-1924; changed his name to Dan Corey; left his estate to Children’s Orthopedic Hospital. [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Part Three Boxer Rebellion SGT. WILLIAM C. HORTON, USMC (1876-1969): For heroism during the American Chinese Relief Expedition, Peking, China, Aug. 17, 1900. A private at the time, he kept the flag flying during combat at the Tartar Wall. Presented the Medal of Honor aboard the USS Oregon in Bremerton. Barracks at Naval Base Kitsap [...]

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Ford donates vehicles to DAV, VA Puget Sound Health Care

SEATTLE – Ford Motor Company donated seven Ford Flex utility vehicles to the Disabled American Veterans Charity (DAV), extending its strong relationship with the vital organization that has assisted disabled military veterans for 93 years. Ford donated a Flex utility vehicle to the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that will help veterans travel to [...]

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Share your holiday memories for next Veterans Life

Ah, the holidays while serving in the military … The experience created some special memories, indeed. Perhaps you served in World War II, the Vietnam War, Beirut, or Operation Desert Storm and enjoyed one of Bob Hope’s USO shows. Or you surprised your family with a visit home. Share your holiday memories (include a photo, [...]

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