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One woman’s tireless advocation 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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Native Bremertonian recalls war experiences

By Sandy McKay Like many Americans, Frank Wetzel bravely served his country in important ways. His most significant Army duty was with the 304th Infantry of the 76th Division as World War II ended in Germany, followed by duty as second lieutenant in the 35th Infantry of the 25th Division during the stalemate in Korea. [...]

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Why have reunions?

By Thom Stoddert Reunions have an undeserved reputation as a party of middle-aged men acting like 20 year olds. However, Branson, Missouri disproved that idea. For many years after I left the war behind, I thought about the whole experience; most of my feelings were on dark side. So, when I got a call one [...]

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Veterans honored with Point of Light awards

By DANNIE OLIVEAUX Five veterans and a veteran’s advocate were honored by Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes with his “Point of Light” awards during a concert and ceremony June 8 at the Christ of Rock Community Church. Receiving awards were Michael Countryman, Alfred H. Coffelt, Jr., Charles McGuire, Alvie Weatherall and Robert MacFann, along with [...]

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Disability services helps students with PTSD find success

By Margo Myers Margo Myers Communications For college students with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), it can impact their educational goals, and often, even how they learn. Brandman University offers special accommodations for those students to provide equal access to achieve educational success. “Right now, we have 400 students, 200 [...]

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Florist honors veterans with red, white and blue

By Seraine Page In Earl Bowers world, anything worth celebrating in life is done so with flowers. That includes weddings, graduations, prom and other life milestones that come across as orders on Bowers desk at his Bremerton shop, Paul’s Flowers. The owner also pieces together unique arrangements that most florists wouldn’t think of doing or [...]

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D-Day: A visit to Normandy 70 years later

(Editor’s note: Jeff VanDerford is a retired Sound Publishing employee who wrote for papers in the San Juan Islands and on Whidbey Island. He and his wife, Nancy, are currently touring Europe including a visit to Normandy. He shares his thoughts as we remember D-Day.)  Caen, France, May 15, 2014: You need a degree of [...]

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VETERAN PROFILE / Robert Butterton

By Jessica Ginet When an aimless 19-year- old’s father suggested his son join the Navy, he never thought he would have to leave landlocked Montana. Robert Butterton, looking back on a 30 year Naval career, enlisted in the Navy at the age of 19, after taking two quarters of courses at Montana State University. He [...]

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