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Haley joins inaugural Veterans Life Advisory Board

POULSBO — Spenser Haley, a U.S. Army veteran who served for five months in Afghanistan, is the first member of Veterans Life’s Advisory Board. Haley and others will meet once a month for lunch with the publisher and editor to critique the publication and recommend stories and issues the publication should cover. Board members will [...]

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Disabled Veterans Memorial, Compass House among top stories in latest Veterans Life

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial honors those who, in the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, bear “the permanent, horrible scars of dangerous service.” Compass House transitional home in Silverdale provides a new start for veterans and others on probation. Those are two of the top stories in the December 2014 Veterans Life, [...]

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Have the courage to report on sexual assault in military

Regarding the article, “PTSD: It’s real, it’s treatable, and you’re not alone” (August 2014 Veterans Life): A good article and helpful to those of us with PTSD, but it is a shame that the thousands of men and women who suffer with PTSD from Military Sexual Trauma (MST) have been left out. Each time we [...]

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VSOs are working to get the ship on a steady course | From the Editor

By RICHARD WALKER rwalker@soundpublishing.com  When you were on active duty, you had your fellow soldier, sailor, airmen or Marine’s back, and they had yours. Now that your EOS has passed or you’ve retired, they still do. An army of veterans service officers, most of them veterans, are at work daily to ensure veterans’ needs are [...]

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Veteran looking for Army buddy

PORT ORCHARD — Dick Anderson of Arizona is looking for an old Army buddy from Port Orchard named Paul Algernon (or something sounding similar).   If you have information, contact Francisco Ivarra at president@wavva.org.

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Salute to Vietnam War-era veterans Oct. 9

TACOMA — Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts a Vietnam-era Veterans’ Salute Ceremony on Oct. 9, 1-5 p.m., and invites all Vietnam-era veterans and their families to attend and be recognized.  The purpose of the ceremony is to provide Vietnam-era veterans the welcome home they deserved but never received. Events include the salute ceremony, massing of the [...]

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Get to know American Legion Post 109 | My View

By DAVID PITTMAN Guest columnist “Silverdale has an American Legion post? Where is it?”  These are the two questions frequently asked of our members when the public sees one of our distinctive Legion blue caps. The answers are simple. The John D. “Bud” Hawk Post 109 has been in Silverdale since 2012 and we don’t [...]

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Congratulations to our submarines and submariners | In Our Opinion

“Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.” That quote is widely attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, the great World War II prime minister of Great Britain. It sums up better than we could the dedication and commitment of those [...]

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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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