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Pierce County Sheriff’s chaplain is Vietnam vet

By Thom Stoddert The Pierce County Sheriff’s Chaplain is very much more than a spiritual person ministering to the sheriff’s deputies that work in the communities around Tacoma. Rick Bulman is a former combat Marine who served in Vietnam and now serves the residents of Pierce County in a variety of capacities. He is heavily [...]

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Stand Down set for Bremerton  There will be a Stand Down for all area veterans at the Sheridan Community Center in Bremerton on Saturday, April 26. The event will be hosted at the Sheridan Park Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and veterans are required to have an ID to enter. Veterans should bring [...]

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Author details region’s rich military history

By CHRIS CHANCELLOR cchancellor@soundpublishing.com She always possessed a natural curiosity. When Chimacum’s Nancy McDaniel was stationed in the Air Force, whether it was in the United States or abroad, she and her husband, retired fighter pilot Glenn L. Davis, traveled to locations that were rich in military history. Many of those stories were chronicled in [...]

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Equine therapy aims to help female veterans

By Leslie Kelly lkelly@soundpublishing.com Drea Bowen never served in the military. But she wants to help those who have — specifically female veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. “Women veterans have a difficult time re-integrating back into the life they had before they served, or before they went to war,” said Bowen. “Some [...]

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Brandman alumnus expands Operation: Goodjobs

By Margo Myers Margo Myers Communications In less than two years, Brandman University alumnus Mike Tassin has expanded Operation: GoodJobs in Tacoma, taking on the role of veterans services manager at the Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier region (formerly Tacoma Goodwill). In that time, Tassin has not only grown the initial program in Tacoma [...]

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Ladies Auxiliary units stay busy all year long

By Seraine Page spage@soundpublishing.com It was the “funny little green hats” that got Jennifer Viestenz interested in learning about the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her grandfather — a World War I vet­ — was being treated in a veteran’s hospital when she noted the men in the hats who visited him when he was sick. [...]

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National VFW auxiliary president visits Kitsap

By DANNIE OLIVEAUX Armithea “Sissy” Borel, national president for the Veteran of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, made a visit to Kitsap County recently. Borel arrived in Port Orchard on March 23 to visit residents in the Washington Veterans Home at Retsil. While there, she enjoyed an ice cream social with veterans and staff. Later in [...]

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VETERAN PROFIle: The Anonymous Battle, Part TWO

By Jessica Ginet (Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Anonymous Battle as told to Veterans Life by those who were on the ground in Vietnam at the time.) Looking back 44 years ago when he was a young 18 year old grunt in the Army, Vietnam Veteran Paul Evans [...]

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Spring brings fishing opportunities for veterans

By Chad Gillespie, guest contributor  Spring time is upon us and the fishing opportunities it brings to the Kitsap angler are plentiful. The opportunistic angler can chase spring Chinook Salmon on the Columbia River to Halibut throughout Puget Sound and everything in between. Spring Chinook, otherwise known as a springer, on the Columbia River will [...]

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Dogs on Deployment offers safe homes for military pets

By Seraine Page spage@soundpublishing.com When Phil and TJ Winterholler lost their german shepherd, Truman, in 2011, the military couple felt shattered over their loss. The couple struggled over the thought of getting another dog. But it didn’t take long before the Winterhollers discovered a way to fill their house “made for dogs” that sits on [...]

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