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August 15, 2014

World War II Marine Raiders reunite

By Sgt. Christina Porras | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 15, 2014

San Diego --

In the midst of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted an order creating a group of Marines to perform elite operations and employ unconventional warfare tactics similar to those used by modern-day special operations units. Volunteers made up four battalions of these elite operators and they came to be known as the Marine Raiders. Although the specialized operators were only in existence from 1942-1944, the men left a lasting impression in the pages of Marine Corps history.

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August 7, 2014

Former Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

By Gerald herbert
The Associated Press
Published: August 7, 2014

VENICE, La. — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.

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June 20, 2014

Service members can now register on burn-pit list

Jun. 20, 2014 - 04:35PM
By Patricia Kime

New research links Iraq dust to sick soldiers
The Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is now live.

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June 18, 2014

Vet re-adjusts after two tours as a Marine in Afghanistan

Carol Comegno, Courier-Post 10:36 p.m. EDT June 18, 2014

Dominic Evola worked a wad of dough, pressing it against a wooden counter with his hands, lifting and twirling it into a circle before plopping it onto a pizza pan.

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June 17, 2014

Marine veterans walk cross-country for PTSD awareness

Nikki Burdine 6:13 p.m. EDT June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two D.C. area Marines quit their jobs and decided to walk thousands of miles to raise awareness of PTSD last year, but little did they know, their journey would turn into so much more.

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May 25, 2014

Marine settles in Montana, creates beer company to honor troops

Jenn Rowell, jrowell@greatfallstribune.com
8:48 a.m. MDT May 25, 2014

Over a decade on active duty in the Marine Corps, Seth Jordan squirreled away money and recently made a longtime dream come true when he opened Dog Tag Brewing in Belgrade.

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May 24, 2014

Veterans from Vietnam, Korea see off Marines deploying to Afghanistan

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 24, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Veterans who served in 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in Vietnam and Korea stood shoulder to shoulder Friday evening to shake the hands of 20 Marines deploying to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend.

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May 11, 2014

U.S. Marine veteran wins award for self-portrait

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00 pm
By Victoria Brito THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

Gripping both sides of civilian and military life, that is what John Rothschild said his daughter Sarah Rothschild depicts in her award-winning painting, “What Happens There Doesn’t Stay There.”

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May 8, 2014

The Values of a Marine

Story by Sgt Jon Holmes
Date Posted:05.08.2014 13:08

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - As a young man, Charles Krulak respected the values of his father – selflessness, moral courage and integrity. His father, Marine Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, imparted in his son the same values introduced to him as a Marine.

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Award-Winning Filmmaker Learned Everything He Needed To Know In The Marine Corps

Jeremy Bender
May 8, 2014, 4:38 PM

Anton Sattler says he could not have made his award-winning CHOSIN documentary or its spin-off graphic novels without what he learned in the Marine Corps.

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May 7, 2014

The poignant process of etching new names into the Vietnam Wall

By Carlos Bongioanni
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — Lined row upon row, the names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s polished black granite slabs are a somber reminder that more than 58,000 U.S. troops died — or were listed as missing-in-action — as a result of their involvement in the Vietnam War.

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April 25, 2014

Marine vet receives equivalent of 2 Purple Hearts in 44 years

By Chris Umpierre
The News-Press
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM

While other Southwest Florida sexagenarians were busy sleeping in hammocks, golfing or watching the sunset, Fort Myers’ Richard Crawford was climbing into mine-resistant military vehicles in the most dangerous part of the world.

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April 23, 2014

VA's Homeless Vet Support Deadline Causes Concern

Apr 23, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan and Michael Hoffman

As the Department of Veterans Affairs supposedly nears its goal of ending chronic veteran homelessness in 2015, the groups that support homeless veterans are worried about the VA's support in 2016.

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April 10, 2014

Military dog retires and reunites in N.J. with former Marine

Military dog reunites with Marine from N.J. for life after service

Written by
Deborah M. Marko
Apr. 10, 2014

VINELAND — After a 6,000-mile trek over 28 hours, Derrick Magee brought his Marine partner home for a peaceful retirement.

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April 2, 2014

Veterans warned about pension advance scams

By Mitch Shaw
Published: April 2, 2014

OGDEN, Utah — If you're a veteran and you're approached with an offer to receive a lump-sum pension advance, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

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March 26, 2014

Reunion of Honor brings 8 vets back to Iwo Jima

By Lisa Tourtelot
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 26, 2014

IWO JIMA, Japan — Eight U.S. veterans recently returned to the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II as part of the 19th annual Reunion of Honor ceremony on Iwo Jima.

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February 26, 2014

World War II vet retires after 65 years with Marines

By Linda McIntosh
9:20 a.m.Feb. 26, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — A Camp Pendleton Marine who joined the Corps in 1942, retired earlier this month from his civilian job at Camp Pendleton.

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February 21, 2014

VA phasing in new ID card with improved security features

Stars and Stripes
Published: February 21, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the phased rollout of a more secure Veteran Health Identification Card.

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February 20, 2014

Battle of Iwo Jima remembrance at Pendleton

Camp Pendleton Marine in "Sands of Iwo Jima" to attend

By Linda McIntosh
11 a.m.Feb. 20, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — A commemoration of the 69th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima is set for Saturday at Camp Pendleton.

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Restaurant refuses to seat Marine veteran because of his service-dog-in-training

By Jeff Schogol
Staff writer
Feb. 20, 2014 - 09:15PM

A Marine Corps veteran says he was told to leave a Texas restaurant because he brought his dog in training to be certified as his service animal.

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February 19, 2014

Former President George W. Bush outlines plans to help younger vets

By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush hosted a Military Service Initiative Summit on Wednesday, and spoke about the many problems facing post-9/11 veterans and how his institute hopes to address them.

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February 7, 2014

Documenting bravery of Korean War heroes

'Finnigan's War' film honors grandfather, others who fought 1950-1953

By Gretel C. Kovach
1:28 p.m. Feb. 7, 2014

Toward the end of “Finnigan’s War,” a documentary about Korean War veterans, filmmaker Conor Timmis stands in a clearing in the trees, one hand resting on a tall stone inscribed in memory of Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.

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February 5, 2014

Intrepid cooks try working magic with military rations

By J. Freedom du Lac
Article posted: 2/5/2014 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON — Amateur chef John Crist reached into the box and blindly pulled out his secret ingredients — two Department of Defense field rations, otherwise known as "Meals, Ready-to-Eat," or MREs.

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January 14, 2014

Marines’ role in surfing history highlighted

California Surf Museum features Camp Pendleton memorabilia

By Linda McIntosh
11:39 a.m.Jan. 14, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — An exhibit at the California Surf Museum in Oceanside highlights Camp Pendleton’s role in local surfing history. The show, “San Onofre, Birthplace of Southern California Beach Culture,” looks at the history and significance of San Onofre, a surfing hot spot at the northern end of the base.

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January 11, 2014

Veterans recognized at inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl

Christina Elmore
Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:51 p.m

A jagged scar that weaves between patches of Burness Britt's brown hair hints at the horrors of his past.

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January 9, 2014

After Being Injured In Afghanistan, Josh Sweeney Finds Solace On Ice

By Joanne C Gerstner | Jan. 09, 2014, 11 a.m. (ET)

In so many ways, everything Josh Sweeney has been through in his life — good and bad — keeps bringing him back to hockey.

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November 22, 2013

VA warns of new 'marketing scam'

By Karen Jowers
Staff writer
Nov. 22, 2013 - 02:31PM

The Veterans Affairs Department is warning veterans about a “marketing scam” that reportedly targets callers trying to reach two of VA’s national call centers.

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November 10, 2013

Afghanistan, Vietnam veterans hunt together as part of new Montana program

November 10, 2013 5:15 pm • Associated Press

HELENA – A Montana program aiming to honor wounded veterans recently brought two men from different wars together for a hunting excursion in Big Sky Country.

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November 9, 2013

9/11 vets: Next greatest generation?

"It's natural for us to come home and say, ‘What could we do here?’”

By Jeanette Steele
3:05 p.m.Nov. 9, 2013

Veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are being called the next "greatest generation.”

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October 22, 2013

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

By Scott Neuman
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

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September 27, 2013

Iraq, Afghan vets group CEO talks issues

VA backlog, changing sexual assault prosecution, predatory colleges

By Jeanette Steele
4 p.m.Sept. 27, 2013

Paul Rieckhoff is chief executive officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, founded in 2004 to represent the newest generation of veterans. Based in New York, the group has more than 200,000 members.

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September 20, 2013

Vietnam vets get stars, 46 years later

Heroics overlooked because officers were killed in battle

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:39 a.m.Sept. 20, 2013
Updated 7:22 p.m

A company of Marines fought up a hill near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, on April 30, 1967. Within two days, three-quarters of them left the bomb-cratered slopes of 881 South bloodied or dead.

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September 13, 2013

The Chosin Few

By Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 13, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
The 63rd Anniversary of the Landing on Inchon was held at the Chosin Few monument adjacent to the Pacific Views Event Center here on Sept. 13. The ceremony commemorated the landing on Inchon and the Marines that fought at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

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September 11, 2013

Airport dedicates its new hangar

Story by Joyce Lobeck @ysJoyceLobeck
September 11, 2013 11:47 PM

Wednesday was a momentous occasion for the Yuma International Airport as it hosted a dedication ceremony for its new $5 million Aviation Industrial Center on the west side of the airport within the Defense Contractor Complex.

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September 10, 2013

Marine cycles cross-county to honor fallen comrades

By Linda McIntosh
6 a.m.Sept. 10, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — A retired Marine is cycling cross-country to visit American Gold Star Mothers and honor comrades killed in combat.

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September 7, 2013

Former Marine paid price for stopping beach bullies

By Jorge Milian
The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post
Published: September 7, 2013

JUPITER, Fla. — As LeRoy Wright Jr. and his 14-year-old son were surrounded and threatened by three men at Juno Beach Park in May, several people stood nearby either watching or videotaping the incident.

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August 21, 2013

‘Notorious at 90’ party

By Linda McIntosh
7 a.m.Aug. 21, 2013

SAN MARCOS — World War II veteran Arthur Smith is among the 90 year old San Marcos residents to be honored at a community birthday celebration Aug. 27 at the San Marcos Senior Center.

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August 16, 2013

Bay Area Marines reunite 10 years after their role in invasion of Iraq

By Mark Emmons
POSTED: 08/16/2013

SAN CARLOS -- They were a tight-knit group of warriors, U.S. Marines from Echo Company who staked their lives on one another as they helped lead the ground invasion into Iraq 10 years ago.

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August 15, 2013

Former Marine finds home at Yellowstone

By Katia Hetter, CNN
updated 1:10 PM EDT, Thu August 15, 2013

(CNN) -- Former U.S. Marine Dan Hottle knew he had found his dream job at Yellowstone National Park.

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August 13, 2013

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

August 13, 2013 3:51 PM

(CBS) — It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.

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July 31, 2013

Legal Service Support Section, attorneys provide pro bono service

By Cpl. Michael Iams | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 31, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Camp Pendleton’s Legal Service Support Section and attorneys from counties around the base held the first Help for Heroes event at the Joint Legal Assistance Office here, July 27.

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July 10, 2013

A small world, smaller Corps: Texas Marines stay together for more than 60 years

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
Story by Cpl. Thomas Bricker
07.10.2013 18:47

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - California’s High Desert has become home for countless veterans over the years. But what are the chances of three friends from two Texas cities no more than 150 miles apart joining the Corps in 1947, coming to Barstow in the 1950s, and remaining there for more than 60 years?

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June 22, 2013

A tail-wagging reunion for Marine

Donita Naylor
Published: 22 June 2013 10:48 AM

SCITUATE - State troopers and Marines teared up Friday when a former Marine who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan was reunited with his former partner, the bomb-sniffing dog who saved his life.

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June 18, 2013

Saluting a soldier’s last march

By Karla Peterson
6 p.m.June 18, 2013

They are separated by many years and multiple wars, but when 26-year-old Michael Contee presented 96-year-old Imel Willis with a pin and a plaque to commemorate his years of service, the young Marine Corps reservist and the World War II Army vet were a united front. One nation under the call of duty.

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June 16, 2013

Wounded SoCal Marine Becomes Underwear Model

The new career came after a years-long dark period following his return from Afghanistan

By Mekahlo Medina and Brandon Lowrey
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013

U.S. Marine Alex Minsky of Venice Beach was caught in a downward spiral.

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Marine adopts dog he served with in Afghanistan

By Linh Ta
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa
Published: June 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- When Parkserburg Marine Matt Hatala first met Chaney, the two were like oil and water. Both were bull headed and didn't like to listen, and Chaney dragged Hatala all over the place.

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June 12, 2013

Long way home for Marine’s dog tag

By John Wilkens
6 a.m.June 12, 2013

Lanny Martinson lost his during the Vietnam War. On June 4, 1968, he was a 23-year-old Marine at Khe Sanh when his right leg was blown up by an enemy land mine. He came home after the amputation in a wheelchair, without his dog tags.

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June 5, 2013

New vets home a country retreat

In foothills of Alpine, 20 beds now available for homeless vets

By Jeanette Steele
6:21 p.m.June 5, 2013

A new 20-bed center for homeless veterans has quietly opened in the Alpine foothills.

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June 1, 2013

WWII A war ends twice; SD changes forever

By Peter Rowe and John Wilkens
6 p.m.June 1, 2013

World War II was so big it had two endings.

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May 30, 2013

StoryCorps wants young vets' tales

National oral history group in San Diego June 3-22
By Jeanette Steele 5:17 P.M. MAY 30, 2013

Starting next week, San Diego veterans and their families will have a chance to record their memories of military service through StoryCorps, a national nonprofit oral history organization.

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May 27, 2013

WWII Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
The Associated Press
Published: May 27, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved.

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May 25, 2013

Afghan vet, now an MSU student, honors fallen Marines in documentary

By Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
May 25, 2013

When Logan Stark first set foot in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010 as a U.S. Marine, he wasn’t too worried.

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May 18, 2013

38 years later, closure for a Marine

By Erik Lacitis
The Seattle Times/MCT
Published: May 18, 2013

SEATTLE — The two had known each other less than three weeks when they found themselves inside helicopters about to land off a Cambodian island, and were easy targets for a firestorm of Khmer Rouge bullets and rocket-propelled grenades.

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May 2, 2013

Todd Allen Hawk

Commercial-News
May 2, 2013

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Todd Allen Hawk, 27, of North Las Vegas and formerly of Cayuga, Ind., passed away at 8:35 p.m. PDT Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his residence.

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April 23, 2013

Marines backpack food seven miles for food banks on Palouse

By Rachel Dubrovin Published: Apr 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM PDT

MOSCOW, ID - Over the weekend, the Marines of the Palouse donated about 400 pounds of food to food banks in Moscow and Pullman.

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April 20, 2013

Veterans gather to remember Beirut embassy bombing

By MATTHEW ADKINS - Daily News Staff
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 23:07 PM.

While the nation is mourning the recent events in Boston and the recent explosion in West, Texas, area residents gathered Saturday to remember a terrorist attack 30 years ago.

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April 19, 2013

VA Expedites Decisions for Long-standing Claims

From a Department of Veterans Affairs News Release

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2013 – The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced today.

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April 5, 2013

Remembering times gone by: Marines visit veteran’s home

Story by Lance Cpl. Tiffany Edwards | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.05.2013

RESERVE, La. – A grin crept across Tommy Moreau’s face when he saw a handful of Marines standing outside the door of his room at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans’ Home.

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April 3, 2013

Medford resident and U.S. Marine veteran receives Purple Heart

By Nicholas Iovino/niovino@wickedlocal.com
Medford Transcript
Posted Apr 03, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
Last update Apr 03, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

Medford —

Medford resident and U.S. Marine Sgt. Daniel M. Vargas was knocked unconscious when two explosive devices detonated next to his convoy in the western cluster of Afghanistan on April 30, 2010.

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April 1, 2013

Iraq war vets wait for ally's Commitment Medal

By Kent Miller, Staff writer
Apr. 1, 2013 - 07:09PM

It's been nearly two years since the Iraqi government signaled its desire to present U.S. troops with a military decoration recognizing their dedication during nine years of war, hardship and sacrifice, but to date just one Iraq Commitment Medal has been delivered — and it was not given to a service member.

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March 16, 2013

Charlie Blackmore, Wisconsin Marine Corps Veteran, Draws Gun On Suspect In Beating

The Huffington Post | By Andres Jauregui Posted: 03/16/2013 12:35 pm EDT | Updated: 03/17/2013

A Marine Corps veteran with a concealed carry permit stopped a suspect in a brutal beating in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday morning when he drew his gun and called the police.

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February 20, 2013

Pair of Marines reunite after 52 years

Posted at: 02/20/2013 9:23 PM | Updated at: 02/20/2013 9:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lloyd Downey served his country for decades.

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January 23, 2013

Report: New vets show Gulf War illness symptoms

By Kelly Kennedy - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 13:41:17 EST

WASHINGTON — Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from the 20-year-old set of symptoms known as Gulf War Illness, according to a new report released Wednesday by the federal Institute of Medicine.

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Bill: Require in-state tuition for GI Bill vets

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 15:01:02 EST

Public colleges and universities would be pressured to charge in-state tuition for nonresident veterans under bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

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January 20, 2013

Marine veteran helps catch Alaska bank robber

The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Jan 20, 2013 16:24:03 EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 22-year-old man who just finished serving four years in the Marine Corps was able to track down an alleged bank robber and flag down a police cruiser, helping land the suspect in jail.

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January 18, 2013

Former Marine among hurt in avalanche

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jan 18, 2013 7:28:34 EST

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H — An avalanche has halted an attempt by a retired Marine and amputee to climb the Northeast's highest peak, but if his past comments are any indication, he'll likely try again.

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January 5, 2013

‘Cigar Marine’ offers advice to recruits

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 5, 2013 11:03:09 EST

SAN DIEGO — The image is known around the world — a Marine Corps tank commander, borrowed cigar in hand, reveling in the taking of Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq. Retired Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch, immortalized in the April 2003 photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Laurent Rebours, became forever known as “The Cigar Marine.” In fact, he launched his own special line of premium cigars in November to help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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January 1, 2013

Conn. veterans to have status on driver's license

The Associated Press
Published: January 1, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut veterans will soon be able to have their military status marked on their driver's license or state-issued ID card.

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December 21, 2012

World War II veteran's medals replaced

Written by
Nathan Max
11:05 a.m., Dec. 21, 2012

VISTA — It only cost about $100 to replace more than a handful of medals that were stolen from a decorated World War II veteran.

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December 15, 2012

Wreaths Across America 2012 at Arlington National Cemetery

Stars and Stripes
Published: December 15, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — What began as a goodwill gesture by a Maine businessman who found himself with a surplus of Christmas wreaths two decades ago continued its annual growth trend Saturday when 20,000 volunteers took part in the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery.

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December 14, 2012

Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

By Annie Groe
The Washington Post
Published: December 14, 2012

On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger.

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December 13, 2012

Gun puts former Marine behind bars in Mexico

American jailed for months on gun charges

By Gary Tuchman and Ben Brumfield CNN
POSTED: 3:55 AM Dec 13 2012 UPDATED: 12:41 PM Dec 13 2012

MIAMI (CNN) -

For a war vet from South Florida, a leisurely road trip to a seaside vacation came to an abrupt end in Mexico, where he has languished behind bars for four months, sometimes chained to a bed.

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November 29, 2012

Vets’ newest weapon

Google innovation helps ex-service members find civilian jobs

By Fred Milgrim Thursday, November 29, 2012

For countless military veterans, transitioning from service into the civilian job market is daunting. Just finding the starting line is overwhelming for many.

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November 26, 2012

Afghanistan vet adopts bomb-sniffing dog

By Scott Brand - The Evening News via AP
Posted : Monday Nov 26, 2012 9:13:00 EST

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — When word recently arrived in the Sault that Willy was ready for adoption, Gage LaMothe didn’t hesitate.

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November 18, 2012

Corps of brothers help toast dad on Marine Corps birthday

Karina Bland
Sun, Nov 18 2012 2:56 PM

I pull open the door to the Silver Pony Bar & Grill at 4 p.m. sharp and blink as my eyes adjust to the dim light inside.

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November 17, 2012

War-time instinct takes over in train crash

By Juan Carlos Llorca - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 17, 2012 11:17:12 EST

MIDLAND, Texas — With the thunderous crack of a freight train slamming into a parade float carrying his fellow war veterans, Sudip Bose went to work.

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November 16, 2012

Marines form transition-assistance networks

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 16, 2012 15:15:36 EST

Marines are using their own experiences in transitioning out of the Corps to help fill gaps in the system and to remind their comrades that the brotherhood doesn’t end once they’re out of uniform.

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November 10, 2012

Vets preserve memories of war with their own art

By Sharon Cohen
The Associated Press
Published: November 10, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The fallen Iraqi soldier's face is frozen in agony, his eyes and mouth wide open, his arms spread in surrender, his death in the Kuwaiti desert captured for posterity.

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November 8, 2012

McCain: Never forget those who sacrificed

By Erin Kelly, Gannett Washington Bureau

2:00PM EST November 8. 2012 - WASHINGTON — When Sen. John McCain looks back on the nearly six years he endured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, what he remembers most is the Americans who saved him when he was left for dead by his North Vietnamese captors.

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Restaurants to offer free food on Veterans Day

By Bruce Horovitz - USA TODAY
Posted : Thursday Nov 8, 2012 6:57:15 EST

For veterans, this is the three-day weekend to stop counting calories and start devouring free grub.

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November 1, 2012

Navajo Code Talker George Smith dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Nov 1, 2012 7:47:54 EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Flags across the Navajo Nation are flying at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker George Smith, who died Tuesday at 90.

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October 22, 2012

Photo of WWII vet casting vote captures hearts

By Audrey McAvoy - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Oct 22, 2012 12:35:38 EDT

HONOLULU — A photograph of a 93-year-old World War II veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

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October 9, 2012

Long-missing Marine’s remains brought home

By Dan Elliott - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 10:54:34 EDT

DENVER — For 37 years, Delouise Guerra never knew for certain what happened to the young man she called her baby brother, an 18-year-old Marine from Colorado who was missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash on the other side of the world.

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October 3, 2012

Honor for Marine came just in time

By Rusty Dennen
The Free Lance-Star
Published: October 3, 2012

Back in June, I got a handwritten note from Lawrence "Reggie" Lucas. He asked whether I might be interested in mentioning that he'd be getting some recognition for a long-ago stint in the Montford Point Marines.

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October 2, 2012

IAVA releases voter guide on veterans issues

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 9:55:10 EDT

A major veterans group has issued a election scorecard for its members to use to decide whether candidates for federal office support initiatives important to returning combat veterans.

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September 30, 2012

Many Iraq, Afghanistan war veterans choosing 'second service'

By Allen G. Breed
AP National Writer
Published: September 30, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The link between U.S. military service and running for office is as old as the republic itself. It started with George Washington, who famously wrote that, "When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen."

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September 23, 2012

Marine memorial in Lebanon provides closure

241 service members died in 1983 Beirut barracks bombing

By Kent Miller - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 23, 2012 10:42:21 EDT

Shortly after he arrived in Lebanon in 2011, John A. Dalziel, the FBI’s assistant legal attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, woke up early one morning and made his way to a parking lot by the airport. Sunrise was still 26 minutes away as he surveyed the scene — the large empty lot, a fence near some trees, a few remnants of a large building.

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September 19, 2012

A Little-Known Benefit for Aging Veterans

By SUSAN SELIGER
September 19, 2012

Here’s a riddle: When is a government benefit that pays for caregivers, assisted living and a nursing home not a benefit? When hardly any people know they’re entitled to it.

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September 11, 2012

Cop hunts down Marine’s stolen boot camp ring

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 11:55:08 EDT

When Liam Riden’s home was burglarized last Christmas, a cherished piece of his Marine Corps past was stolen: the scarlet-and-gold ring he received upon completing boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in 2006.

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September 2, 2012

Woodworkers give veterans proper burials

By Danny Valentine - Tampa Bay Times via The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Sep 2, 2012 16:01:22 EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tom Jones was disturbed.

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August 28, 2012

Reporter, Marine vet, missing for two weeks

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 28, 2012 16:35:49 EDT

Friends and family of a former Marine and freelance journalist have not heard from him in more than two weeks.

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August 25, 2012

Amputee EOD tech tackles Africa’s tallest peak

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 25, 2012 12:46:17 EDT

A Marine has reached the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain just 18 months after losing his legs to an improvised explosive device — and he did it at the pace of an able-bodied climber.

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August 14, 2012

Satirical military news site fools some readers

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 14, 2012 15:52:38 EDT

A former Marine infantryman runs a fake military news website — and he does it so well that officials have had to field questions from outraged readers who mistook the stories for fact.

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August 10, 2012

Mural a tribute to all who served

Wall in Plymouth VFW Post 1425 includes scenes from 6 wars in which U.S. fought.

Bill O'Boyle - boboyle@timesleader.com - 570-829-7218 - Twitter: @TLBillOBoyle
Aug 10

PLYMOUTH – The mural takes up one entire wall at the Plymouth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1425.

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August 7, 2012

Temple hero a Brooklyn son

Cop shot nine times helped save the day

By LAUREL BABCOCK and BOB FREDERICKS
Last Updated: 2:35 AM, August 7, 2012
Posted: 12:28 AM, August 7, 2012

There was no taking the Brooklyn out of this gutsy hero.

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August 6, 2012

37 years later, Marine laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans

Had been shot down off Cambodia during Vietnam War

Written by
Nathan Max
3:36 p.m., Aug. 6, 2012
Updated 5:02 p.m.

There has been a tombstone with U.S. Marine Richard W. Rivenburgh’s name on it at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery since the CH-53 helicopter he was flying in was shot down off the coast of Cambodia in 1975.

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August 2, 2012

Congressional Gold Medal recipient living up old age

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

BY Lindsey Armentrout

COLUMBIA — Lawrence “Larry” Diggs gets up before the sun nearly every day to go fishing, exercises regularly and is always looking forward to his next trip.

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July 28, 2012

Surprises mark WWII veterans' Honor Flight visit to memorial

By Carlos Bongioanni
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — “It was priceless.”

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Final salute for Iwo Jima veteran

Marine battalion commander, 99, is laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans

Written by
Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., July 28, 2012

POINT LOMA — One of the last surviving battalion commanders from the U.S. assault on Iwo Jima during World War II was laid to rest Friday with full military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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July 6, 2012

Military dog gets hero’s welcome at O’Hare

Injured bomb-sniffer passes through O’Hare on way to retirement in Finland

By Marni Pyke
Article updated: 7/6/2012 10:40 AM

It’s humid and crowded at O’Hare International Airport’s Gate K9 Thursday, and you can tell passengers just want to board their flight.

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July 5, 2012

Even without PTSD, not all vets enjoy fireworks

By Gino Vicci - Medill News Service
Posted : Thursday Jul 5, 2012 11:05:14 EDT

While many adults and children revel in the spectacular light displays across the skies on the Fourth of July, others avoid the sounds of fireworks in hopes of dodging memories of war.

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July 1, 2012

Dying veteran's wish to see his son graduate comes true

By Sarah Hoye, CNN
updated 5:55 PM EDT, Sun July 1, 2012

Parris Island, South Carolina (CNN) -- Charles Burns steadies himself, using the arms of his wheelchair, before pushing up into a standing position.

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June 27, 2012

Montfort Point Marines recognized at last

The nation’s first black Marines, who trained in a segregated camp at Montfort Point, N.C., were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal

By Todd Spangler - Detroit Free Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 27, 2012 18:14:05 EDT

The ravages of age — the failing eyesight, the shuffling gaits, the graying hair — couldn’t hide the valor and pride, not to mention the surprise, of the nation’s first black Marines, at long last receiving their just due from Congress.

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June 25, 2012

Soldier returns lost dog tags to WWII Marine

By Regina Ford - Green Valley (Ariz.) News
Posted : Monday Jun 25, 2012 9:26:29 EDT

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Marine veteran John Joseph Keker got an unexpected surprise in the mail recently when his military dog tag was returned to him more than 67 years after he lost it in World War II.

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June 24, 2012

Farm program aims to help returning veterans find peace, purpose

By Chuck Haga
Grand Forks Herald, N.D.
Published: June 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO — On a small organic farm outside San Diego, a former combat Marine has found peace and purpose in the tending of plants and in providing other combat veterans a way to find their places in life after war.

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June 20, 2012

Area Marine receiving congressional medal

Yellow Springs man was among the nation’s first black Marines.

By Andrew McGinn, Staff Writer 7:53 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Tuskegee Airmen and Navajo Code Talkers of World War II are household names for what they did and who they were.

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June 10, 2012

Pioneers who helped break Marines’ color barrier await honor

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Published: June 10, 2012

ATLANTA — In the decades since World War II ended, they’ve never once looked back on their service in the U.S. Marine Corps with bitterness.

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June 6, 2012

68 years after D-Day, a Bronze Star

Corpsman was among first wave on the beaches of Normandy

Written by
Nathan Max
7:08 p.m., June 6, 2012

CORONADO — Frank H. Walden was among the first wave of military personnel to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day almost seven decades ago.

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May 26, 2012

Tom Manion: Why They Serve—'If Not Me, Then Who?'

After more than a decade of war, remarkable men and women are still stepping forward.

By TOM MANION
May 24, 2012, 7:09 p.m. ET

I served in the military for 30 years. But it was impossible to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families until April 29, 2007, the day my son, First Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq.

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Oregon veterans of several wars share memories, go fishing Memorial Day

By Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 8:05 AM Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 10:16 AM

CARVER -- Mike Rhoads looked up at the sodden gray sky. Its promise would soon soak us all and run down his camouflaged military-issue rain pants into his tennis shoes.

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May 13, 2012

Yankees honor Marine, bomb-sniffing dog at game

By Howie Rumberg - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 13, 2012 17:07:13 EDT

NEW YORK — Through two tours of duty in Iraq Sgt. Rex was by Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey’s side.

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May 5, 2012

Former Marine’s pub name brews trouble

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 5, 2012 10:55:27 EDT

When former Cpl. Nick Velez bought a restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, he decided to name the new pub “Bastards.”

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April 9, 2012

1,500 veterans hired through new Mo. program

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Apr 9, 2012 13:48:01 EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is working to help.

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March 29, 2012

In the worst calamities, these veterans rush to the rescue

By Kathleen Toner, CNN
updated 7:05 PM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012

Los Angeles (CNN) -- When Haiti suffered a massive earthquake two years ago, many people responded by donating money.

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March 28, 2012

Veterans battle PTSD stigma -- even if they don't have it

By Stacy Lu
March 29, 2012

Fresh from a tour of duty in Iraq where he earned a Bronze Star, Ryan Gallucci didn’t expect a simple job interview to be such a memorably unpleasant experience.

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March 26, 2012

N.M. honors Vietnam MoH recipient with statue

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Mar 26, 2012 9:57:44 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Decades after he threw himself on a grenade to save five fellow Marines in the Vietnam War, a Marine with humble beginnings in Farmington at last is getting some hometown recognition.

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March 23, 2012

Marine vet biking U.S. for injured Marine fund

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 23, 2012 9:21:27 EDT

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — A 71-year-old former Marine is setting out in an unusual manner to raise money for injured and ill veterans and their families.

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March 18, 2012

Recovered dog tags returned to three war veteran

March 18, 2012 9:12 AM
SUZANNE ULBRICH - DAILY NEWS STAFF

One Onslow County veteran received a special birthday present this weekend.

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March 16, 2012

WWII veteran, historian Jack Hallowell dies at 91

By Jim Sheeler
Special to The Denver Post
Posted: 03/16/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 03/16/2012 10:54:49 AM MDT

From his perch at his regular table in the Red Robin restaurant in Lakewood, the 85-year-old man noticed a uniformed young Marine eating alone. As Jack Hallowell finished his meal, he motioned discreetly to the bartender.

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March 14, 2012

Veterans return to sacred ground

Story by Cpl. Justin Wheeler | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.14.2012

IWO TO, Japan — Iwo Jima veterans were honored in front of the 5th Marine Division Memorial during the 67th Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor ceremony here, March 14.

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67th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.14.2012

IWO TO, Japan – The Government of Japan and the U.S. Marine Corps conducted a Reunion of Honor ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Iwo Jima March 14. The event took place on Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima, and included U.S. and Japanese veterans and their families, dignitaries and leaders from both nations, distinguished guests and Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Houston to host parade honoring Iraq War veterans

By Lindsay Wise
Houston Chronicle
Published: March 14, 2012

The Iraq War officially ended with little fanfare three months ago, but Houston service members who fought in the nearly decadelong conflict are about to be treated to a Bayou City-style welcome-home celebration.

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Petition aims to reunite Marine vet, combat dog

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 9:15:12 EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — An online petition drive is under way to reunite a former Marine corporal with the combat dog she was injured with in Iraq.

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March 12, 2012

A band of brothers to help wounded vet

Rock group led by Gary Sinise to raise funds for an accessible home

By Dennis Yusko
Updated 10:10 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012

NASSAU — Actor Gary Sinise came to the Capital Region Monday to roll out the red carpet for an Air Force veteran partially paralyzed from exposure to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

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March 8, 2012

A Soldier's Iraq Trek, From Bullets to Ballet

By PIA CATTON
Updated March 8, 2012, 12:50 p.m. ET

As a Marine, Sgt. Roman Baca spent eight months in Fallujah between 2005 and 2006. Now, the Queens resident is headed back to Iraq—but this time it is for a cultural effort connected to his work before and after his military service: dance.

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March 7, 2012

WWII lessons from human history books

Jamie Klein
Reading Eagle
3/7/2012

Mahlon L. Fink can remember when the American flag was raised on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi in February 1945.

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Homeless veterans receive final salute ex-GIs deserve

By Sig Christenson
Updated 11:56 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012

As burials go, the one for Albert Lee Renfro and Everardo Alvarez-Lara on a misty Wednesday was sad in ways other funerals are not.

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March 6, 2012

Former Marine Gets Medal For Heroism

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., March 6, 2012 – With some prodding from his son, Charles P. Barrett Jr. finally received the recognition the Marine Corps says he was due for his actions 60 years ago.

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March 4, 2012

'There was no such thing as not being on the firing line'

Fred Glancy has vivid memories of combat on Iwo Jima

Written by
JOHN CARLSON
11:13 PM, Mar. 4, 2012

MUNCIE -- The Japanese rifle is a souvenir from Iwo Jima, and when 90-year-old Fred Glancy hands it to you he warns that it is heavy.

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March 3, 2012

Once-homeless vet has hot new career

By GARY WARTH gwarth@nctimes.com | Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:00 pm

A former Camp Pendleton Marine who spent two homeless years living in a canyon while going to college is finding success with a hot sauce that has landed on the shelves of a national grocery store.

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February 19, 2012

Marine veterans remember how battle changed their perspective of war

By JUSTIN GLAWE
Journal Star
Posted Feb 19, 2012

PEORIA —

Robert DeGise stood, pointing, through the wall and across 6,865 miles of plains and oceans, to an ash-ridden crater on Mount Suribachi.

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Group takes veterans to revisit Iwo Jima

By Pat Kinney - Waterloo/Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier via AP
Posted : Sunday Feb 19, 2012 15:18:03 EST

WATERLOO, Iowa — David Greene is planning a spring vacation to a Pacific island.

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February 7, 2012

Vets ask: Time for an Iraq war parade?

By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
updated 9:33 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012

(CNN) -- On a day when New York City threw a parade to celebrate the New York Giants for their Super Bowl victory, at least one veterans' group is using the occasion to ask: What about a parade to honor the soldiers who fought in Iraq?

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January 25, 2012

Family bonding leads to discoveries from past

1/25/2012 By Lance Cpl. Brianna Turner , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan — A vacation in Japan, visiting with his son and grandchildren, reminiscing about the past that is what Ron Maines, a Rogers, Ark. native, had planned when he came to Okinawa. What he found while taking a stroll down memory lane, however, was not what he expected.

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January 15, 2012

A dog tag's amazing journey

Marine's dog tag found on Saipan, returned to its owner in Massachusetts after over 60 years

By Ferdie de la Torre
Reporter
Sunday, January 15, 2012

A U.S. Marine Corps identification tag, which was lost during Word War II and found in a yam field on Saipan in 1981, was flown from the island to Massachusetts where it was finally returned to its owner, veteran Richard Caldwell Urie, now 86, over the weekend.

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January 6, 2012

Rangers fan beaten after Winter Classic was Iraq war veteran

January 06, 2012|By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer

Neal Auricchio Jr. fought two tours in Iraq, returning to war even after a sniper blew apart one of his calf muscles.

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Rangers fan beaten after Winter Classic was Iraq war veteran

January 06, 2012|By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer

Neal Auricchio Jr. fought two tours in Iraq, returning to war even after a sniper blew apart one of his calf muscles.

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January 2, 2012

Volunteer honor guard makes sure veterans get the proper final salute

By Jim Warren — jwarren@herald-leader.com Posted: 12:00am on Jan 2, 2012; Modified: 2:34pm on Jan 2, 2012

When 21-year Army veteran Floyd E. Douglas was laid to rest at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County last month, 17 men and women, all veterans wearing the uniforms of the various military services, were there to render full military honors.

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Marine vet, family gets new home

By JANE HUH - jhuh@shawmedia.com
Created: Monday, January 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

MARENGO – Kevin Shear, a U.S. Marine veteran, nearly fell over and needed his friend to hold him up when he received the keys to a three-bedroom ranch.

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December 20, 2011

Veterans find a place in the Ivy League

December 20, 2011 11:17 AM

(CBS News)

Tens of thousands of American troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and finding out just how tough it is to get a job right now.

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December 11, 2011

Friends during WWII, 2 Marines reunite

By Travis Griggs - Pensacola News Journal via the AP
Posted : Sunday Dec 11, 2011 13:33:17 EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — For 65 years, Junior Montgomery thought his best friend was dead.

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Rules Liberalized for Veterans with Undiagnosed Illnesses

Application Window Extended for Five Years

December 29, 2011

WASHINGTON – Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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December 4, 2011

Conn. Powerball winners donate $1M for veterans

By Stephanie Reitz - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Dec 4, 2011 13:06:14 EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — A trio of money managers who shared a $254 million Powerball jackpot said Sunday they were kicking off the first of many charitable donations by splitting a $1 million gift among five veterans’ service organizations.

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World War II veterans take haunting pilgrimage

By Tom Charlier - The Commercial Appeal via AP
Posted : Sunday Dec 4, 2011 13:18:44 EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn.— Just like that history-changing morning so long ago, the tide is out and a stiff wind scours the sand, but W.T. Hardwick can’t quite reconcile the serene beach before him with the smoke and chaos of his memories.

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December 2, 2011

Semper Fi: Marine Corps vet celebrates 105th birthday with friends (With Video)

Published: Friday, December 02, 2011

By JOHN KOPP
jkopp@delcotimes.com

DARBY BOROUGH — Retired Master Sgt. Alfred DeSerio sat in an armchair cracking jokes, demonstrating his daily exercise routine and recalling stories from his 42 years in the Marine Corps.

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November 11, 2011

Retired Marines carry spirit of service

By Laurie (LC) Lewis, For the Deseret News
Published: Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

A marvelous glimpse of U.S. Marine Corps life occurs each September on the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. A massive Marine expo titled "Modern-Day Marines" showcases the incredible technology and firepower today's soldiers employ on the battlefront.

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November 5, 2011

Local veterans return from Honor Flight

Posted: Nov 05, 2011 6:18 PM CDT Updated: Nov 05, 2011 6:35 PM CDT
Posted by Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Saturday a group of local World War II veterans returned from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

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November 2, 2011

Veterans back bill to create registry of illnesses blamed on burn pits

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — Veterans exposed to burn pits during their war deployments are backing legislation to create an ongoing registry of patients and illnesses believed connected to the toxic smoke, suggesting it may be the last chance to discover what long-term health problems they’ll face.

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October 27, 2011

At last, honors for the first black Marines

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
October 27, 2011

For decades Joseph Smith, 87, didn't want to think or talk about his time in the Marine Corps. "Whenever military service came up I couldn't truthfully say, 'Yeah, I'm a proud Marine,'" Smith said. "I tried to say it and it wouldn't quite come out."

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October 23, 2011

Warrior’s words: Last of Code Talkers speaks

By Betty Reid - The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic
Posted : Sunday Oct 23, 2011 9:18:53 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chester Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. All the rest of the Marines who created the first unbreakable code that baffled the Japanese during World War II have died.

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October 19, 2011

Military retirees’ COLA to rise by 3.5 percent

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 9:16:02 EDT

After two years of having no annual adjustment, military retirees will receive a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective Dec. 1.

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October 4, 2011

Separated Vets Can Apply for Review

The Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides veterans who were medically separated from military service between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, with a new chance to have their disability ratings reviewed for fairness, consistency and accuracy.

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September 20, 2011

CORPSMAN AWARDED VALOR MEDAL AFTER 66 YEARS

9/20/2011 By Correspondent Carolyn Hutchings Carino, Special to Marines.mil , Headquarters Marine Corps

DETROIT, MI — D-Day Okinawa 1 April 1945 Yontan and Kadena Airfields After 66 years, Navy Corpsman Bill “Doc” Lynne, of George Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1ST MARDIV was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” attachment for heroic action during the Battle for Okinawa by Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, in Detroit, Michigan, on Sept. 10, 2011.

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Marine's speed ‘stood him well in combat'

Hildebrand Bernier, Sr. of Buena Park grew up poor in New York, his youthful speed helping him as a company runner during World War II.

By HILDEBRAND BERNIER, JR. / FOR THE REGISTER
Published: Sept. 20, 2011 Updated: 3:32 p.m.

Hildebrand "Bernie" Bernier, Sr., my father, was born on Feb. 12, 1915 in the town of Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico. In 1928, he moved with his family to New York when his father, Erasmo Bernier, was sent as pastor to the Second Street Baptist Church on Manhattan Island.

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September 18, 2011

Former Marines complete 100 mile trek

Two Marines from Pulaski finish walk at Lambeau

Reporter:Beth Jones
Updated: Monday, 19 Sep 2011, 6:32 AM CDT
Published : Sunday, 18 Sep 2011, 3:47 PM CDT

GREEN BAY - Two former Marines from Pulaski ended a hike from Wausau to Lambeau Field Sunday.

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The battle within: Trying to find the man inside the Marine

Photos and story by Sarah Weiser, The Herald
Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011

LAKE STEVENS -- The crowd's shouts were lighthearted.

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September 10, 2011

A soldier's life, shaped by 9/11 and heading back to war

Posted: Sat, Sep 10, 2011

Tearing down the highway in a black Chevy S-10 pickup, Adam Betz knew he was heading toward war.

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September 9, 2011

Man who joined U.S. Marines after 9/11 made sacrifice

SAN FRANCISCO | Fri Sep 9, 2011 3:38pm EDT

(Reuters) - Jordan Towers said he was unpacking a truck during a family move from Truckee, California, to the state capital of Sacramento when he heard the news that a plane had flown into New York's World Trade Center.

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September 3, 2011

For parents and kids alike, 9/11 left its imprints

Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 10:49 am

David Rand cheerfully acknowledges he's an overprotective father. An ex-Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, he's also a single dad to 5-year-old Emma.

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Shelter dogs train to aid vets with PTSD

By Janese Silvey - The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune via AP
Posted : Saturday Sep 3, 2011 10:18:36 EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Johnson applauded when Stella, a boxer mix, made it through a dark, curved tunnel on an obstacle course at Columbia Canine Sports Center.

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September 1, 2011

Fry honored by Marines

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 01, 2011 7:20 AM

Iowa coaching legend Hayden Fry was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame last weekend, a release from the UI reported Wednesday.

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August 29, 2011

Vet struggles to get care for PTSD, TBI

By Tanya Eiserer - Dallas Morning News
Posted : Monday Aug 29, 2011 11:40:38 EDT

DALLAS — Dallas police Officer Andrew Litz falls frequently and can’t walk across the room without help.

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August 27, 2011

Overdue salute for a black Marine

By David Perlmutt
dperlmutt@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

Raymond Worsley was 18 in 1943, a student at Johnson C. Smith University, when the military came knocking.

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August 8, 2011

Code Talkers Have Served the Military Well—and Often Secretly

By Rebecca Jacobs August 8, 2011

Most people know about the Navajo code talkers who served in the U.S. military in World War II, but few know that members of at least 19 American Indian tribes acted as code talkers for the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines during both world wars. Choctaw members of the Army’s 36th Division in France transmitted messages in their Native language that were undecipherable by German forces. Until that point in the war, no transmitted message had been sent by the Allies that was not decoded by the Germans. Ruth McMillan, daughter of the late Choctaw code talker Tobias Frazier, remembers her father’s words: “Papa said—and everybody says—that the [Allied Forces] were beaten when they got [to Europe], and then we won those two battles [using code talkers], and it really turned the course of the war.”

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August 2, 2011

Former Marine comes up aces for his mom

By David Hodge
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 2, 2011

RAF MILDENHALL, England — On the way from Afghanistan to Texas to visit his ailing mother, former Marine Ken Griffin took a gamble on a gamble, and won: He won a World Series of Poker championship in Las Vegas and walked away with $455,356, enough to cover his mother’s mounting medical bills.

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August 1, 2011

Marine vet restores tank as hobby

By Terry Evans - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Posted : Monday Aug 1, 2011 7:10:47 EDT

BEDFORD, Texas — Glenn Wilson's hobby attracts attention.

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July 29, 2011

Vets with PTSD, government reach settlement

By Kimberly Hefling - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jul 29, 2011 7:25:44 EDT

WASHINGTON — More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans.

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July 21, 2011

GI Bill reboot: Upcoming changes simplify the process, but new caps could cut your benefits

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 21, 2011 10:52:24 EDT

GI Bill 2.0 starts Aug. 1 with sweeping improvements to help thousands of current and former troops — and some of their families — earn college degrees.

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July 15, 2011

Why military veterans make great employees

By Rye Barcott, Special to CNN
July 15, 2011 6:55 a.m. EDT

Editor's note: Rye Barcott, the author of "It Happened on the Way to War," is a former marine and a co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, a nongovernmental organization devoted to alleviating poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.

(CNN) -- Last Sunday, on the final stop of their final day in North America, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge popped in to a Los Angeles job fair for military veterans and spouses. William and Catherine spent their time with vets and enlightened business leaders looking to pair talent with opportunity.

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July 3, 2011

Support dog helps veterans cope in courtroom

By L. L. Brasier - Detroit Free Press via the AP
Posted : Sunday Jul 3, 2011 10:03:08 EDT

DETROIT — Fourteen men sitting in a room at the Novi district courthouse had two things in common: They were military veterans, and they were in legal trouble.

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June 29, 2011

Former Marine Helping Injured Veterans Find Peace Through Fly Fishing: Warriors and Quiet Waters

By GoFISHn Editors on June 29, 2011

Anyone who's fly fished in Montana knows how soothing it can be, and that's why retired Marines colonel Eric Hastings decided to start Warriors and Quiet Waters–to share that tranquility with servicemen and women who have been traumatically wounded.

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June 18, 2011

Stop-loss pay goes uncollected by Marines

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 18, 2011 9:22:07 EDT

Several hundred Marines whose planned separations from service or retirement were delayed by the stop-loss order have yet to collect their extra pay.

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June 13, 2011

From grunts to undergraduates, Marines deploy to Stanford

--Tony Perry in San Diego
June 13, 2011

They were Marine "grunts" in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they're undergraduates at one of the world's most prestigious universities.

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June 8, 2011

Once a Marine, Always a Marine: Commandant improves Transition Assistance Program

6/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps has always been committed to the welfare of its troops. This attitude doesn’t change when a Marine gets out of the Corps.

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June 5, 2011

Cyclists ride to ease wounded vet's financial load

10:45 PM, Jun. 5, 201
Written by
BOB SCOTT

Marine Cpl. Matthew Bowman, 23, of Lafayette continues to rehab as an out-patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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June 4, 2011

Marines veteran makes us proud

Posted Jun 04, 2011

The year was 2006 and my family and I were attending the Veterans Day Parade in Fall River, when a veteran came by and gave my 4-year-old daughter a giant American flag. He told us that he was a 30-year veteran from the United States Marine Corps, and that on every Memorial Day and Veterans Day parade, he purchases these flags and hands them out to children along the parade route.

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May 27, 2011

Combat veterans show their support for future service members

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 05.27.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - When you join the Marine Corps you’re not only joining for a four-year enlistment—you’re joining for a lifetime.

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May 20, 2011

Marines offered nonstop entry to higher education

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 05.20.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.- Marines exiting the Marine Corps can have an advantage to being admitted to colleges and universities nationwide over other applicants.

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May 15, 2011

Marines Employ Skills Learned on the Battlefield to Graduate in the Ivy League

By Ron Ralston
Published May 15, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Their path to graduation began on the battlefield. Veterans of the war on terror, the skills they learned as Marines made it possible to endure rigorous Ivy League academics. But it's the corps buddy system – a brotherhood that looks out for each other – that got them here and helped them through to graduation.

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Comedian Carey’s Marine dream comes true at Historic Half

By Joe Gromelski
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 15, 2011

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Comedian Drew Carey wasn’t about to fail in his first attempt at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon.

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April 21, 2011

Police chief plans visit to Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.21.2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, S.C. -- Parris Island will host a distinguished guest Wednesday when the chief of police for Columbia, S.C., the state’s capital, attends the job fair as a vendor, April 27.

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April 19, 2011

PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launch the free PTSD Coach to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder seek immediate help or manage their symptoms.

By Elizabeth Montalbano InformationWeek
April 19, 2011 14:06 PM

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now can turn to their mobile devices for help, thanks to a new application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

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April 17, 2011

WWII veterans group gathers for last toast

By Janice Gibbs - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Apr 17, 2011 10:05:50 EDT

TEMPLE, Texas — It was over with the clinking of glass.

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April 14, 2011

Finally, San Diego vets get full-service cemetery

By Jeanette Steele
Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.

A casket was lowered into the ground Thursday at Miramar National Cemetery, marking the first time since 1966 that San Diego County has offered veterans a resting spot with full burial options.

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April 10, 2011

Special loan helps Marine turn entrepreneur

April 10th, 2011, 6:00 am

When Colin Burgos was in the Marines 1999 to 2005, U.S. active military were always always looking for a place to buy special or custom gear.

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April 2, 2011

Medal of Honor sought for Chosin veteran

By Brian Shane - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 2, 2011 9:03:01 EDT

More than 200 members of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, were surrounded by Chinese forces defending the Toktong Pass during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

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March 22, 2011

Living History: Quantico docent shares the legacy of women Marines

3/22/2011 By MSgt. Sal Cardella , Marine Corps Base Quantico

TRIANGLE, Va. — Her still-dazzling baby blue eyes and brilliant smile seemed even brighter as she talked about joining the Marine Corps during World War II.

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March 18, 2011

Member of original 29 Code Talkers dies in Arizona

Associated Press | Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:34 pm

Lloyd Oliver wasn't much of a talker, but it was clear that he was proud to have his native language serve as a key weapon during World War II. As part of an elite group of Marines, he helped develop and implement a code based on the Navajo language that helped win the war.

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Locals build Marine home

3/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Many gathered in the small community of Wellington, Nev., on Feb. 11, to welcome a new neighbor and help build him and his family a home.

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March 11, 2011

VA insists benefits will cover caregivers of vets with TBI

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials promised Friday that traumatic brain injury victims will be covered under new caregiver benefits scheduled to start this summer, but veterans advocates remain skeptical.

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February 24, 2011

Despite Their Profound Skills, Veterans Struggle in the Job Market

U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand listened closely to veteran students from Mercy College during a roundtable discussion on veteran unemployment.

By Renea Henry
02.24.11

Bart Bochenski is a sophomore at Mercy College, and a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps. During his deployment, Bochenksi had a combat assignment operating equipment most civilians will never see or use. However without a formal degree, employers often overlook his profound skill set.

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February 21, 2011

Recounting Iwo Jima

Marine, of St. Peters, was part of artillery battery during month-long WWII battle

By Russell Korando > rkorando@yourjournal.com
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:00 am

Iwo Jima was the second-to-last stop for the U.S. in its goal of total victory against Japan in World War II.

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February 18, 2011

Randolph native recalls fight for Iwo Jima as Marine

By Chris Burrell
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Feb 18, 2011 @ 04:45 AM
Last update Feb 18, 2011 @ 05:13 AM

HINGHAM —

Harlan C. Jeffery grasped the helmet in his 89-year-old hands and ran his fingers over two holes in it – a smooth one toward the front and, a few inches behind that, a jagged one where the steel is splayed.

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March 4 is Final Day to Claim ‘Stop Loss’ Pay

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 – People whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, have until March 4 to file for retroactive payments of $500 for each month of their extended service under the “Stop Loss” policy.

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February 17, 2011

Marine Museum to host WWII cameraman

World War II combat cameraman, author to appear at book signing at Marine Corps museum

Date published: 2/17/2011
By RUSTY DENNEN

Just inside the entrance of the National Museum of the Marine Corps sits a display depicting the Marines' harrowing landing on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific during World War II.

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February 16, 2011

Job market leaves female vets behind

They struggle to catch up on civilian skills

By Meena Thiruvengadam - Special for USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Feb 16, 2011 21:17:33 EST

Christa Fazio left the Navy in 2006 with big dreams for her civilian life. But 20 months after being laid off from the last in a string of jobs, she wonders if she measures up to job seekers who didn’t spend nearly a decade in the military.

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Marines of ‘The Pacific’ inspire their descendants

2/16/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — From their exploits in places like Belleau Woods and Tarawa, the Marines of old and their heroic feats are embedded in our warrior culture and often used as examples for younger Marines. The manner in which they fought these battles serves as snapshots of courage and leadership, and in true cliché fashion, the past is being used to learn for the future.

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Marine vet, 88, warming up to sing anthem at Blackhawks game

By Jeffrey Steele, Special to the Tribune
February 16, 2011

As the first verse of the national anthem is sung at Sunday's Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center, some 21,000 fans will raise the roof with a thunderous cheer that will be sustained right through "the home of the brave."

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February 11, 2011

Marine recieves Navy Cross for heroic actions during Vietnam War

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — “Working in pitch darkness with only the occasional flickering illumination from aircraft dropped flares above and suffering a leg and hand wound from mortar fire, Lance Cpl. Seath expertly crafted an operational M-60 machine gun from the pieces of two disabled weapons. Immediately and with devastating effects, he directed deadly accurate fire at the onrushing enemy, ultimately repelling the enemy's assault.” – Navy Cross citation.

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Navy Cross presented to Vietnam-era Marine

Lance Cpl. Ned Seath was recognized for valor 45 years after saving his comrades from oncoming North Vietnamese soldiers; he also received a Bronze Star with ‘V’ device for previous actions

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 11, 2011 16:48:09 EST

TRIANGLE, Va. — On the night of July 16, 1966, Lance Cpl. Ned Seath saved Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. He had been painfully wounded by mortar fire in the leg and hand but frantically worked to assemble an M60 machine gun from the fragments of two badly damaged weapons.

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February 7, 2011

Documenting history in Denver: Aviator educates new generation

2/7/2011 By Sgt. Justin M. Pack , Recruiting Station Denver

DENVER — “I had two options,” the 89-year-old pilot states. “I could ditch my plane or bail out of the cockpit into the dark waters below.” As the man speaks, his blue eyes light up as though he is back at the control of his F4U Corsair over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. “I decided to jump out of my cockpit,” he says with a smile.

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February 3, 2011

Iwo Jima veteran visits Afghan-bound battalion

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.03.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- In late 1944, based on casualty estimates and the inevitable need for replacement officers in the war against Japan, the U.S. Marine Corps convened a special Officer Candidates School at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Four hundred officers were trained, commissioned, and rushed to the Pacific Theater of Operations. Half would be sent to Iwo Jima in Feburary 1945, the remainder would serve on Okinawa beginning in April 1945.

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February 2, 2011

Battalion honor guard conducts funerals for veterans

2/2/2011 By Lance Cpl. John Robbart III , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Military honors are given to those who have passed and honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces, whether it is for four years or forty.

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January 31, 2011

Veterans, families of KIA torn over flag proposal

By KRISTEN WYATT
Associated Press
Jan 31, 4:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) -- The simple banner is designed to honor those who served and died in the military. But a national campaign to add the red-and-white "Honor and Remember" flag to official U.S. flag displays on military holidays is creating painful divisions among veterans and the relatives of loved ones killed in action.

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January 23, 2011

Step Up For Your Country

The general who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan makes the case for national service and the ‘basic responsibilities of being an American.’

by Stanley McChrystal
January 23, 2011

Standing recently in New Haven’s small train station, I was approached by a stranger who thanked me for my service. His gratitude was clearly genuine—and I deeply appreciated it.

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January 21, 2011

Vets get surprise Bears-Packers tickets

Friday, January 21, 2011
John Garcia

January 21, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Tickets to the game Sunday are a hot item -- it is only the second time in the 89-year rivalry that the Bears and Packers have met in the playoffs.

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January 20, 2011

Man's best friend could soon be veteran's best medicine

By Sharon L. Peters Special for USA TODAY
01.20.11

The number of veterans who get rehabilitation and re-entry help from dogs will substantially increase if a bill introduced in the House of Representatives this month becomes law.

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January 14, 2011

Job barriers, yes, but vets can climb

By Rick Rogers - For The North County Times North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 12:00 am

What used to be only whispered is finally public knowledge: Human resource managers are leery of hiring veterans.

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January 10, 2011

Central figure in 'Band of Brothers' dead at 92

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
January 10, 2011 9:22 p.m. EST

Washington (CNN) -- Richard "Dick" Winters, a decorated hero of World War II and the central figure in the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He would have turned 93 years old in February.

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January 3, 2011

Former SAW gunner receives Silver Star

Sgt. William W. Rollins, no longer in the Corps, fought to silence the enemy and protect wounded Marines

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 3, 2011 5:53:22 EST

Sgt. William W. Rollins was on a routine reconnaissance patrol June 19, 2008, in Farah province, Afghanistan, when his unit came under fire from suspected insurgents.

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December 26, 2010

Honor flight program reaches end of veteran wait list

December 26, 2010 3:13 PM
HOPE HODGE

After sponsoring trips for 415 local World War II veterans to visit the memorial in their honor in Washington, D.C. officials with Honor Flights SENC said the organization may be reaching the end of a lengthy list of veterans interested in the venture.

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$250M Unclaimed in Stop Loss Compensation Act

Just 69,000 of 145,000 Eligible Servicemen and Women Filed for Compensation for Serving Past Their Original Discharge Date

By Byron Pitts
Dec. 26, 2010

(CBS) Michael Pereira served his country with honor -- in Afghanistan. Four years ago, he looked forward to leaving the service to be with his wife and family. But he was forced to put his civilian life on hold, reports CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.

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December 24, 2010

Vets launch clothing line for wounded warriors

By Kate Wiltrout - The Virginian-Pilot via AP
Posted : Friday Dec 24, 2010 12:43:53 EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Jason Redman remembers what it was like to go out in public while recovering from war wounds — out into what he called “the land of stares and gawks.”

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December 16, 2010

Event Pays Tribute to ‘The Chosin Few’

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 – Fang Woo walked into a room, walls adorned with Navy history memorabilia, and made a beeline for a young Marine reservist across the room.

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December 13, 2010

Marines cycle through transition assistance program as Corps eyes changes

December 13, 2010 8:56 AM
HOPE HODGE

Every United States armed service branch offers some assistance to troops transitioning from military to civilian life, but only Marines require their service members to attend a weeklong transition assistance class before they can receive their DD-214.

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December 7, 2010

Two neighbors, both Pearl Harbor survivors, are decades-old friends

Paul Perrault and Anthony 'George' Mark, unaware of each other, survived the Japanese attack. Twenty years later, they found themselves neighbors on a Monrovia cul-de-sac. A bond formed between two men who never considered themselves heroes.

By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2010

They were barely men at the time, unaware of each other but baptized by the same fire.

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For a few, Pearl Harbor still a vivid memory

By Ron Barnett, USA TODAY
Dec. 7, 2010

Jim Morgan was sleeping a little late on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

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December 6, 2010

Pearl Harbor survivor group: We won't disband yet

By AUDREY McAvoy
Associated Press
Dec 6, 9:09 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will continue for at least a while longer.

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Pearl Harbor attack still vivid for survivor

William Clothier is now one of fewer than 3,000 living survivors of the attack, according to staff members at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor.

By Lynn Thompson
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published Monday, December 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM

William Clothier was a 20-year-old Marine private aboard the battleship USS Nevada when Japanese torpedo planes and dive bombers attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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WW II hero continued bravery as a boxer

By KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: December 6, 2010

In his 85 years, Daniel R. "Danny" Nardico had seen the horrors of war and stared down a raging bull in the boxing ring.

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Pearl Harbor: ‘Life was going to change for many of us’

Published: Monday, December 06, 2010
By BRADLEY SCHLEGEL
Journal Register News Service

Driving home to visit his family in Philadelphia, Eric Wiesenhutter turned his 1937 Ford around just south of Trenton after hearing news of an air attack on Pearl Harbor, an American naval installation in Hawaii.

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Pearl Harbor vets told nation will never forget

By Matt Brennan For The Beacon-News Dec 6, 2010 07:07PM

AURORA — Pearl Harbor veteran Milton Card of Aurora believes he only survived Dec. 7, 1941, because of a couple fortunate breaks.

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December 3, 2010

Anniversary finds waning number of Pearl Harbor survivors

By Tom Pfingsten - For the North County Times North County Times - Californian | Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 12:00 am

NORTH COUNTY ---- On a cold Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, a woman stepped out of her car and approached three men in bright blue windbreakers.

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December 2, 2010

Returning with Grace

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.02.2010

In May of 1979, 441 Vietnamese refugees fled their country in hopes of landing anywhere but Vietnam. Shortly after leaving, pirates raided their vessel and the refugees were left adrift for days. The USS Tarawa, a United States Navy amphibious assault ship, finally rescued the refugees on May 8. Grace Tarawa Tran was born two days later and immediately became a U.S. citizen.

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Veterans searching for purpose back home take on "green" jobs

By Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/02/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
Updated: 12/02/2010 09:40:03 AM MST

Combat missions in Iraq gave U.S. Marines veteran Jordan Latva a purpose — until an exploding rocket-propelled grenade took him out. He recovered from his physical wounds after eight surgeries.

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November 27, 2010

Marines recall chilling 'miracle' at Chosin Reservoir

By Jennifer Reeger
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Chinese would come for them at night. They'd bang cymbals and blow horns. Then the Chinese soldiers would scream at them through loudspeakers from the dark.

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Calif. universities target Marine veterans

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 27, 2010 8:54:17 EST

Former Marines and those nearing their end of active service are eligible to apply for a reserved spot at one of 18 schools under the California State University system.

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November 26, 2010

Mystery WWII Marine is identified in photo

Man's daughter says she immediately recognized dad in image from 1944

By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Friday, Nov 26, 2010

A mystery that was decades in the making ended with just one glance.

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November 22, 2010

Former Marine in line for the Medal of Honor

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2010

A former Hawaii Marine may be on his way to becoming just the second living service member since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

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November 18, 2010

WWII Pararigger Visits Modern-day Parachute Shop: United States Marine Corps Women’s Reservist Recounts Her Days as a Pararigger During WWII

Story by Master Sgt. Beth Holliker | 180th Fighter Wing Ohio National Guard | Date: 11.17.2010
Date Posted:11.18.2010 13:38

SWANTON, Ohio - “Join the Marines to release a Marine to fight,” read the billboard down the street from where Marjorie Tredway worked as a secretary in 1943. Excited to show her patriotism, she joined the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, two months after the Women’s Reserve was organized.

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November 16, 2010

Veterans’ Reflections: 'Learn Everything You Can'

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 – When Frank “Irish” Healey was in Vietnam, he was a walking dead man. At least that’s what infamous Radio Hanoi broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah” said of Healey and his fellow Marines in the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines.

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November 13, 2010

Marine pounds pavement for fellow veterans

By MARK I. JOHNSON, Staff Writer
mark.johnson@news-jrnl.com
November 13, 2010 12:05 AM

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When Bill Rotella lined up behind the starting line of the Marine Corps Marathon, he had two goals in mind -- beat diabetes and help fellow U.S. Marines who had been wounded in combat.

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Veterans’ Reflections: ‘Do Your Duty and Be Proud’

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2010 – Michael Tripp is a certified public accountant in East Providence, R.I. He’s also one of the most famous faces from the Vietnam War.

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November 11, 2010

Veterans’ Reflections: The Value of Military Service

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 – David Fike got the urge to serve early, but his father insisted that he think about the decision thoroughly and perhaps consider an officer candidate program, rather than running to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1944.

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November 10, 2010

Veterans hit the books, form a club at Elgin Community College

Article updated: 11/10/2010 12:59 PM
By Daily Herald Report

Bonded by their common interests, a growing number of veterans at Elgin Community College recently formed a new club at the school: Military Branches United.

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Suburban woman befriends World War II veteran after reading profile on him

By Dave Heun
Article updated: 11/10/2010 12:14 PM

As she does nearly every day, Sarah Giachino glanced through her Daily Herald while sitting at her kitchen counter on a morning in early May.

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Last American WWI vet calls for memorial

By Elisabeth Mistretta
Article updated: 11/10/2010 05:50 PM

The daughter of America's last surviving World War I veteran on Wednesday called for construction of a monument to those who served in that war to be built in Washington, D.C.

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Portal Helps Vets, Reserves, Guardsmen Land Jobs

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 – Just in time for Veterans Day, a new, state-of-the-art Web portal is being rolled out tomorrow to help veterans – as well as reserve-component members, their families and wounded warriors – land jobs with civilian employers who value their military experience.

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November 8, 2010

Vets with PTSD train dogs to help comrades

By Arthur Allen
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 8, 2010; 1:51 PM

Rick Yount and his golden retriever puppy, Gabe, had separation issues every morning. "The dog kept looking at me at the door with those sad eyes, and finally it was just impossible to resist," Yount recalled. So one morning, "I decided to take him with me."

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November 5, 2010

The changing face of the nation's veterans

By Jeanette Steele
Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:32 p.m.

As America honors its former warriors on Veterans Day Thursday, the face of the veteran population continues to shift. Former members of the military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan now make up 14 percent of the San Diego regional veteran population, and 5 percent countrywide.

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Veterans’ Reflections: Going to War in 1944

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 – John J. Kushwara didn’t have to risk his life.

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Volunteers give injured ex-Marine a house

BY MARTHA QUILLIN - Staff Writer
Published Fri, Nov 05, 2010 02:00 AM

FUQUAY-VARINA -- The cold rain that came down Thursday morning as former Marine Corps Sgt. Stanley A. Roberts received the keys to his new house felt like a blessing falling from the sky.

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November 4, 2010

Chairman and Wife Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 – With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans.

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Free meals at Applebee’s on Veterans Day

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Nov 4, 2010 17:22:11 EDT

Applebee’s officials are expecting to serve more than 1 million free meals to active-duty personnel, reserve component members and veterans at their local restaurants around the country from 11 a.m. to midnight on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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Veteran with brain injury: 'Freedom isn't free ... it has a heavy price'

By Kelly Koopmans KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM PDT

PART TWO of a three part series. Watch KVAL News on Friday for more on Traumatic Brain Injury

KEIZER, Ore. - There is a reason Julio Najara keeps his apartment dark.

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November 3, 2010

Veterans’ Reflections: Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2010 – Marie Peckham is a small woman. While it wouldn’t be technically inaccurate to assume she wears military-themed pins and jewelry because her husband served in the military -- he did -- it would be an underestimation of Peckham’s strength.

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October 29, 2010

‘Stop Loss’ Special Pay Application Deadline Approaches

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2010 – Defense Department officials are working to remind veterans and current servicemembers who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called “Stop Loss” program to apply for special pay before the Dec. 3 deadline.

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October 25, 2010

Former Marine chief doubts Afghan timetable

Oct. 25, 2010
By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
The just-retired Marine Corps commandant says he doubts the U.S. military can withdraw from Afghanistan's volatile south by a July 2011 deadline set by President Obama for the start of force reductions.

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October 22, 2010

Military Training Lays Foundation for Later Lifesaving

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2010 – A retired military member seen in newly released video bounding across the path of an oncoming subway car here to rescue a man who had fallen onto the tracks follows a long line of current and former servicemembers who say they instinctively drew on their military training as they became heroes off the battlefield.

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October 21, 2010

The Lost Generation

by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Harris | Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:00

When the North Korean People’s Army crossed the country’s southern border into the Republic of South Korea, United Nations’ officials, who had helped establish the border five years earlier, condemned the attack. More than 20 of its member countries pledged their support, including the United States.

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5th Marine Division reunites in Biloxi

By MICHAEL NEWSOM - mmnewsom@sunherald.com
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

BILOXI — World War II veterans who fought at Iwo Jima 65 years ago are in South Mississippi this week for the 5th Marine Division Association’s annual reunion.

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October 16, 2010

Marine to carry flag in marathon

Hands badly wounded by bomb

By Tanner Kent Free Press Staff Writer The Mankato Free Press Sat Oct 16, 2010, 11:42 PM CDT

MANKATO — In war-torn Iraq, Neil Schalk’s hands protected the lives of the Marine Corps’s top commanding generals.

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Marines given heroes' welcome in Naperville

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16, 2010 (NAPERVILLE) (WLS) -- Four marines who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan were welcomed home as heroes in Naperville Saturday night.

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Naperville Marine Escorted Home in Style

Members of the Naperville community welcomed a trio of U.S. Marines home Saturday evening.

By Jeff Cagle | October 16, 2010

A local Marine and his buddies were welcomed home with a police, fire and Warriors' Watch Riders escort through Naperville to a reception at the Judd Kendall VFW Saturday evening.

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October 14, 2010

Teaching eases one Marine’s loss

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Pfc. Justin Boling
Date 10.14.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- It is a bright morning as students step into their history class room. The teacher sits behind his desk wearing glasses and a polo shirt with a symbol of the flag raising at Iwo Jima on its front. The students shuffle to get out their binders before the teacher starts his lesson.

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October 7, 2010

Air show honors uncommon valor

10/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — More than 850,000 eager spectators came to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, themed “uncommon valor,” to honor the 65th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi.

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September 30, 2010

Veteran's family denied White House tour because of shorts

By Nicholas K. Geranios
Associated Press
2:43 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The White House apologized Thursday for turning the family of a Medal of Honor recipient away from an exclusive tour last week because the late veteran's 10-year-old grandson was wearing shorts.

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Deadline extended to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — Congress has extended the deadline to December for veterans to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay.

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September 29, 2010

Tired of waiting, Marine raises new flag over post office

By BARBARA ROUTEN
Tribune correspondent
Published: September 29, 2010

BRANDON - Vietnam veteran James Huff said he got angry every time he saw the tattered American flag flying over the Bloomingdale post office.

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September 27, 2010

Vietnam vet volunteers for Afghanistan deployment

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Sgt. Katryn McCalment
Date 09.27.2010

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – William Pegler is on his second deployment. He is spending seven months in the dry, dusty climate of Bagram, a mission tens of thousands of enlisted soldiers have completed. What sets Pegler apart from those deployed with him: his first deployment was 38 years ago and was spent in the jungles of Vietnam.

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September 26, 2010

Marine continues fundraising effort

Posted Sep 26, 2010 @ 02:08 PM

SAND CREEK, Mich. — A Lenawee County Marine is two-thirds of the way to his goal of raising $1,500 for a nonprofit group that helps those on the front lines.

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September 25, 2010

Judge honored for his 27 years in the Marines

Judge David Johnson took off his black robe Friday and for the last time in an official capacity donned one of the garments he has loved even more for the past 27 years — in this instance it was the green-and-khaki service uniform of a United States Marine.

By: Mark Stodghill , Duluth News Tribune
Published September 25 2010

Judge David Johnson took off his black robe Friday and for the last time in an official capacity donned one of the garments he has loved even more for the past 27 years — in this instance it was the green-and-khaki service uniform of a United States Marine.

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September 22, 2010

Ex-Marine instills leadership in Weber State football players

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OGDEN -- The list of job titles on a college football coaching roster is pretty standard: Head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator and position coaches.

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September 17, 2010

Retired marine among 933 new U.S. citizens

By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
Web Posted: 09/17/2010 12:00 CDT

As he sat among 932 other new U.S. citizens in a crowded Laurie Auditorium, waving a small flag and clapping along to John Philip Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tony Casas let go of a resentment he'd held onto for decades.

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September 15, 2010

Historic landing reunites past with present

9/15/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , 31st MEU

INCHEON, Republic of Korea — Family, friends and service members from around the world gathered in one place today to honor the alliance of the Republic of Korea, Australia, and the United States, and to remember those who gave everything defending freedom.

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New Monument Honors Marines and Soldiers at Camp Pendleton

Reported by: Jim Patton
Email: jim.patton@sandiego6.com
Last Update: 9/15 11:27 pm

CAMP PENDLETON - A new monument stands at Camp Pendleton, honoring the Marines and Soldiers who fought in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

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September 8, 2010

83-year-old WWII vet fends off teen robber

Updated: Wednesday, 08 Sep 2010, 2:17 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 07 Sep 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

YARMOUTH (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Yarmouth police say an 83-year-old World War II Marine Corps veteran fought off a 19-year-old man who broke into his home and attacked him with a glass candlestick.

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Vigilantes return to Miramar, share memories

9/8/2010 By Lance Cpl. Steven H. Posy , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — Navy pilots from the Vietnam era paved the way for modern aviation, and when some of them returned to the flight line more than 40 years later, they brought back the magic of the past to today’s generation.

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Former Marine gunner walking on with CSU football team

BY KELLY LYELL • KellyLyell@coloradoan.com • September 8, 2010

For the past four years, Adam Klingenberg has put his life on the line for his country.

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September 3, 2010

War vet wins trip back to Korea

* By Jim Schultz
* Record Searchlight
* Posted September 3, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.

A Redding man is leaving this weekend for Korea, his second trip there at government expense.

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September 2, 2010

Hero helps 'broken' troops

Thursday, September 2, 2010 02:59 AM
By Jeb Phillips
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

One of the most highly decorated Marines during the war in Iraq had to drink to fall asleep. He once tried to kill himself.

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August 31, 2010

Army officer comes home to the Marines

1st Marine Division
Story by Sgt. Dean Davis
Date08.31.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – When Cpl. Jeff Van Cleave left the Marine Corps in 1990 in hopes of becoming an officer, he wasn’t sure he would ever come back to the Marine Corps. Now, the U.S. Army major, who proudly wears the 1st Marine Division patch on his uniform, has returned and is responsible for all artillery in Helmand province, but the journey back to the “Blue Diamond” has taken him farther than he ever expected.

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August 29, 2010

Original Navajo Code Talker still tells his story

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
Aug. 29, 2010, 1:54PM

ALBUQUERQUE — Tourists hurry inside a shop here to buy books about the famed Navajo Code Talkers, warriors who used their native language as their primary weapon.

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August 24, 2010

From here to Moorpark: Ex-Marine drills Hollywood in weapons & tactics

Richard Verrier
August 24, 2010

Actress Shannon Lucio has just overpowered two rogue cops using everything from a pants belt to a shard of glass. She applied the “one-mind-many-weapons” technique taught to her by former Marine sergeant Jon Barton, who was watching the action unfold as the cameras rolled inside a former shoe warehouse in North Hollywood late Sunday night.

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August 9, 2010

'Once a Marine, always a Marine'

Jim “Seamus” Garrahy didn’t set out to become the guest of honor at the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks at 8th and I streets in Washington, D.C. Friday evening.

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August 7, 2010

DoD to troops: Tell buddies about stop-loss pay

With an Oct. 21 deadline approaching to apply for a $500 monthly stop-loss allowance, the Defense Department appears to have exhausted most conventional means of trying to contact eligible veterans and is now asking current service members to get involved by calling any buddies who may be eligible.

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August 2, 2010

Former Marine named Illinois vet of the month

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Aug 2, 2010 8:39:19 EDT

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — A suburban Chicago veteran of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps who received numerous awards during his more than two-decade military career was named the Illinois Veteran of the Month for July.

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August 1, 2010

'Ajax' strikes chord with Marine veterans

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. • The reading of Sophocles' classic drama "Ajax" was polished and powerful.

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July 28, 2010

Oct. 21 is deadline to apply for stop-loss pay

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 28, 2010 17:18:55 EDT

Time is running out for current and former troops involuntarily held on active duty beyond their service commitments to apply for retroactive $500 monthly payments.

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July 13, 2010

Back home, female vets fight for recognition

By Natalie Bailey - Medill News Service
Posted : Tuesday Jul 13, 2010 18:08:55 EDT

With her copper hair, pale skin and small stature, Army Reserve Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, 26, stands out in the Veterans Affairs Department hospital waiting room filled with Vietnam War-era veterans.

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July 11, 2010

After 65 years, WWII veteran meets family of man who saved his life

TOPSAIL BEACH — Two families proved this weekend that, even if six-and-a-half decades go by, it’s never too late to fulfill a promise.

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Department of the Navy and ... ?

Battle is on to add ‘Marine Corps’ to name

Dick Agler, an 80-year-old retired Marine, sat in the dim glow of a veterans canteen and chuckled into his beer. He chose that service in 1949 to avoid the Navy. “I didn’t want to be trapped on a ship,” he recalled.

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July 5, 2010

Marine gets belated memorial

HARRISBURG — Tim Salisbury never thought anyone but family and close friends would remember his brother, Jim, who died in Vietnam 42 years ago.

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June 25, 2010

Marine's brief time with Marine company brings long-lasting bond

Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Corps Regiment had a storied history in Vietnam. From Operation Hastings in 1966 to the Battle for Hue in 1968 to the end of Marine Corps combat operations in 1971, Lima was in the thick of things. Its veterans have a reunion every year, and this year it's in St. Louis.

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June 7, 2010

Joe Martinez: Once a Marine, always a Marine

Sitting at the kitchen table interviewing the retired master sergeant, it was clear that the former tank platoon leader was someone who had given his all in his devotion to country - serving in both Korea and Vietnam.

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June 5, 2010

Honoring the heroes of Belleau Wood fight

Marine and Stafford resident Harry Clark was among the 'Devil Dogs' who fought in an iconic battle with the Germans in June 1918

The date June 6 is usually remembered for the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944.

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May 31, 2010

Memories of ‘Forgotten War' linger for vets who were there

Even though nearly 60 years have passed, Jess Meado still gets emotional when he thinks about fellow Marines killed in Korea.

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May 25, 2010

Volunteers refit home for injured Marine

By Casey Cora - (Tinley Park) Southtown Star via Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:13:15 EDT

OAK LAWN, Ill. — For any potential homebuyer, searching for the right house is a struggle, one fraught with choices over aesthetics, location and practicality.

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May 20, 2010

Study links weak immune systems, PTSD

By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday May 20, 2010 13:54:13 EDT

A study shows that there may be a reason that those with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder deal with more physical health issues as they age: Their immune system has been compromised.

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May 19, 2010

Rt. 9 bridge in Freehold renamed to honor late Marine

FREEHOLD — Though the process to name a bridge after a hometown hero took four years of legislative work and fundraising to come to fruition, the effort to honor Marine Cpl. Philip Reynolds was 60 years in the making.

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May 17, 2010

Thousands of Vietnam vets to gather for thanks

By Todd Richmond - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday May 17, 2010 10:08:25 EDT

MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans are set to converge on Lambeau Field next weekend hoping for the words they’ve waited 40 years to hear: Thank you.

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May 14, 2010

Inaugural Warrior Games Set to Wrap Up

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The inaugural Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center here will draw to a close this evening, leaving in their wake a few hundred happy, but very tired troops, family members and volunteers.

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May 13, 2010

Marines Earn Gold, Silver in Warrior Games Archery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 13, 2010 – When retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. John Fuller was asked how he thought the inaugural Warrior Games archery competition would turn out, his answer was complicated, yet simple. And it was right.

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Husband, Wife Coach Marine Shooting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 13, 2010 – The Marine Corps teams competing at the inaugural Warrior Games here have a wealth of coaching knowledge available to their athletes.

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Warrior Games give injured vets kinship, strength

An Afghan insurgent's homemade bomb shattered Marc Esposito's lower legs, broke his back and knocked him cold for four days. But the Air Force staff sergeant says the worst part was being torn from his Special Operations teammates who stayed in the field after he was evacuated.

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May 12, 2010

Marines Dominate in Early Competition at Warrior Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 12, 2010 – The Marine Corps team is on top after yesterday’s first day of competition at the inaugural Warrior Games here, sweeping their opponents and finishing 4-0 in team play.

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May 11, 2010

Women’s memorial at Arlington struggling

By Kimberly Hefling - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 11, 2010 7:06:39 EDT


ARLINGTON, Va. — Garage sales and quilt raffles helped a determined group of female World War II veterans raise money to transform a rundown wall at Arlington National Cemetery into a grand stone memorial to women who served their country. But those women are dying off, even as the memorial runs short of funds.

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April 27, 2010

More vets eligible for service dog benefits

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 27, 2010 13:33:37 EDT

Disabled veterans with sight, hearing and mobility limitations who might benefit from having a service dog at their side are being encouraged by a major veterans service organization to apply for government reimbursement of some dog-related expenses.

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April 24, 2010

Memorial restoration drive launched in memory of Marine

For Gerald Fuller, the thought of accomplishing something that his son had talked about before passing away in 2009 brought tears to his eyes Friday.

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April 22, 2010

Another Navajo Code Talker passes away

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Apr 22, 2010 5:43:36 EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — George Chavez Sr., a member of the Navajo Code Talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, has died. He was 85.

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April 21, 2010

Pipes Playing in Afghanistan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - From remembering people from the past to relaxation and even shaping the war atmosphere, one man has found a way to use bagpipes to fulfill many different needs

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April 14, 2010

HBO series ‘The Pacific’ stirs Marine’s memories

Vancouver man endured decades of nightmares

Rudy Podhora has relived images of World War II combat plenty of times over the last 65 years.

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April 9, 2010

Automation to Improve Post-9/11 GI Bill Processing

WASHINGTON - With 153,000 veterans enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill this semester, and new automation tools to arrive this month to improve processing procedures, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki declared the program "on track" and headed toward greater efficiency.

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State honors WWII veterans Sidney Phillips, Eugene Sledge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's top officials on Thursday honored two Mobilians whose World War II service in the Marines has become famous through television specials.

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Former corpsman honored for heroism

In September 1967, the 1st Marine Division headed Operation Swift, a search-and-destroy operation the division undertook in Vietnam’s Que Son Valley.

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April 8, 2010

Area veteran pops up in famous war photograph

Marine Corps veteran G. Dudley Bowers said he won’t watch HBO’s ongoing 10-part World War II miniseries, “The Pacific.”

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Veterans return to Iwo Jima 65 years later: Heilman's story

Bruce Heilman, 84, said he can still remember the sound of gunfire blazing throughout the historical battle that took place more than six decades ago during World War II on the island of Iwo Jima.

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March 24, 2010

St. Charles ex-Marine shares memories of Iwo Jima

William Faulkner was 21 when he landed on Iwo Jima for what would become one of history's bloodiest battles.

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March 23, 2010

World War II vets honored on the grounds of their memorial

All eyes were on World War II veterans as they were honored and recognized at the World War II Memorial in Washington March 11 for their participation in the Pacific Campaign more than 65 years ago.

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March 22, 2010

VA focuses on needs of more female vets

Medical providers stress that there's a commitment to serve all military personnel.

CHEYENNE -- Veteran health care is changing along with changing military demographics.

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March 18, 2010

'Flaming Joe' returns to Iwo Jima 65 years later

Marine Corps veteran and Broomfield, Colo., native, Joe Weinmeier, also known as "Flaming Joe," 83, gave serious thought about returning to the place where he fought in one of the fiercest battles of World War II and where he witnessed so many pay the ultimate sacrifice.

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March 16, 2010

Pacific theater Marines happy to have story told

A new series follows soldiers who fought in that war on the islands.

I whispered goodbye to the men of Fox Company

and all the other men in green

that we left on the beach at Iwo.

Cal Atwood, a Marine corporal wounded in battle on Iwo Jima, wrote those words about 30 years ago, decades after saying goodbye to his fallen comrades from a hospital bed in Guam.

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March 14, 2010

Ermey speaks his mind on Corps issues

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Mar 14, 2010 9:12:23 EDT

R. Lee Ermey made his reputation using words and expletives as blunt-force instruments as a drill instructor in the iconic movie “Full Metal Jacket.”

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March 5, 2010

HBO paying for honor flight for Marine vets

By David Bauder - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 5, 2010 18:08:33 EST

NEW YORK — HBO is paying to send 250 veterans to Washington next week to visit the World War II memorial, coinciding with the networks’ premiere of a miniseries about the war.

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March 3, 2010

HBO Brings Marines' History to Life

SAN DIEGO -- Many local military leaders, members of the military community and veterans attended the San Diego premiere of "The Pacific" aboard the USS Midway, Feb. 25.

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March 2, 2010

US Marines land on Iwo Jima to mark anniversary

IWO TO, Japan – Hundreds of U.S. Marines landed on the remote island of Iwo Jima on Tuesday to prepare for the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battles.

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The picture of Marines: past and present

NEW YORK — For a civilian it's a source of inspiration. For a photographer it's a dynamic study of composition and structure. For a historian it inspires debates on amphibious tactics and whether an island a third the size of Manhattan should have been bypassed in favor of other objectives.

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February 26, 2010

Iwo Jima: 65 years later

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — LEROY HULSER

It was Feb. 19, 1945, and Cpl. Leroy Hulser, a 19-year-old radioman with Company B, 3rd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, was looking at the beach of Iwo Jima from a landing ship tank, an amphibious vehicle designed to transport personnel in shallow water where coral reefs made it hard for conventional vessels to travel in.

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Korean War vets tell their stories

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Dozens of Marines, sailors and Republic of Korea service members with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, gathered for a Korean War presentation Feb. 25 at the Sunset Lanai, Camp H.M Smith Hawaii.

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February 19, 2010

Marine recalls the fight for Iwo Jima

Today is the 65th anniversary of the U.S. landing

Salt water drops sprayed over the gray gunnels of the landing craft and darkened the green uniform of U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Clarence Robinson. He eyed the black sands ringing the shore of Iwo Jima, a pork-chop-shaped spit of sulfur-belching volcanic rock sprouting from the Pacific Ocean.

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February 11, 2010

Former Marine dedicates 60 years to Corps, still going strong

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — He has faithfully dedicated three times the required years necessary to retire and is still going.

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January 14, 2010

Marine vet repels knife-wielding attacker

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Jan 14, 2010 13:36:32 EST

A 68-year-old Marine veteran fended off a knife-wielding, 6-foot-tall, 300-pound attacker in a Cumberland, Md., parking lot during a minutes-long struggle on Sunday, local media reported.

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December 18, 2009

Marine walks across country for disabled vets

By Meggan Grat - WLOX-TV via AP
Posted : Friday Dec 18, 2009 7:55:44 EST

GAUTIER, Miss. — A retired Marine is walking across the country in honor of veterans.

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November 14, 2009

Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett of Idyllwild died Saturday morning at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He was 88.

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November 12, 2009

Federal Officials Pledge Support for Hiring Veterans

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2009 – Senior federal officials today pledged their support of President Barack Obama’s directive to increase the hiring of military veterans.


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Get educated: Ins, outs of Post 9/11, Montgomery GI Bills

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — A good mind is a terrible thing to waste, but failing to maximize GI Bill benefits is just plain foolish.

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November 1, 2009

Business owners announce reward fund in shooting

Liquor store owner: Fund raised $2,000 within about an hour

Jackson small business owners have started a reward fund to draw out information about who shot locksmith Troy Mitchell while he was working at an apartment complex earlier this week.

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October 26, 2009

Injured vet inspires legislation

Washington -- Former Marine Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez completed his third Marine Corps Marathon on a crisp fall Sunday, one of about 60 riding hand-cranked bikes on a course that passes by memorials to Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington.

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October 25, 2009

Flag taken by Marine at Saipan draws attention

By Brandon Macz - The Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune via AP
Posted : Sunday Oct 25, 2009 17:17:58 EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho — It was during the Battle of Saipan in 1944 that Laverne Coulthard came to possess the flag. His squad had orders to cross Japanese lines to establish an observation unit on Mount Tapotchau.

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October 15, 2009

Proposal could ease way for disability payments

By Kimberly Hefling - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Oct 15, 2009 13:10:33 EDT

WASHINGTON — Female soldiers and others serving in dangerous roles behind the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan have long complained it was hard to prove their combat experience when applying for disability for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Marine memento returned to owner in Loveland

Last week, Loveland veteran Tom Buchanan was given a Marine’s challenge coin that had been accidentally left behind at a local restaurant

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October 9, 2009

Marine on mission to find special coin’s owner

Loveland’s Tom Buchanan — commandant of the Loveland Marine Corps League and a retired Marine himself — knows how important a challenge coin can be to a Marine.

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September 28, 2009

VA to Provide Emergency Checks to Students Awaiting Benefits

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2009 – Checks for up to $3,000 soon will be available to students who have applied for Veterans Affairs educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment

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September 25, 2009

Marine celebrates 90th birthday with special flagpole ceremony

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. —
Once a Marine, always a Marine, is a slogan many Marines have heard at lest once during their career.

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September 6, 2009

Change would streamline PTSD claims for vets

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 6, 2009 8:16:30 EDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving closer to simplifying the process for many veterans to link post-traumatic stress disorder to their military service, whether in a war zone or not, which opens the door for disability benefits.

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September 1, 2009

Gates hands Marine keys to new house

Teal Moran stood at a window of her family's brand-new two-story home on Monday afternoon, staring at a growing throng of Boy Scouts waving American flags and Marines standing at attention in dress uniforms.

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August 31, 2009

Missouri veteran injured by vaccine ineligible for benefit

WASHINGTON | It wasn’t a bullet or roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago, after just nine days in Iraq.

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August 28, 2009

Local Marine loses both legs, not his spirit

FAIRBORN — Marine Lance Cpl. Larry Draughn Jr. credits his remarkable recovery after losing both legs in Afghanistan on May 31 to his stubbornness and something he learned from his late father.

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August 19, 2009

Maid Brigade's new program helps veterans clean up

One of the most oft-cited benefits to military service is that it gives members training and skills that they can use in private life. But few companies seem eager to help veterans convert these disciplines to civilian employment. In fact, a stint in the military is often not a career salvation but a job killer.

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August 17, 2009

Bigger Corps stops calling up IRR Marines

By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 17, 2009 16:56:09 EDT

The Corps has stopped putting Individual Ready Reserve Marines on involuntary orders, phasing out recalls as the active-duty force has grown to 202,000.

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August 13, 2009

Remembering Guadalcanal

“I came here [to Quantico] to tell a story,” said Alexander J. Mlodzianowski, former Marine and veteran of the World War II battle for the island of Guadalcanal.

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July 10, 2009

Daughter honors grandfather’s heroic service with the help of local Marine

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. — On Independence Day, a local family was surprised to discover something about their freedom that they never knew.

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June 27, 2009

Highly decorated Marine pilot dies at 89

Received 59 medals for actions in three conflicts

The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Jun 27, 2009 10:07:49 EDT

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Retired Marine Corps Col. Kenneth L. Reusser, who was called the most decorated Marine aviator in history and was shot down in three wars, has died at age 89.

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June 26, 2009

Island Getaways for Vets a 'Click' Away

There were no lines when I got to the Veterans Health Administration office.

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Post-9/11 GI Bill going smoothly, VA says

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 25, 2009 15:40:12 EDT

Department of Veterans Affairs officials expressed confidence that the Aug. 1 launch of the Post-9/11 GI Bill will go smoothly, with the first benefits checks to be cut by the Treasury Department on Aug. 3.

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June 25, 2009

VA begins stimulus payments to veterans

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2009) -- The first $250 payments to veterans as part of President Obama's recovery plan were sent Monday, and officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs said all payments will be distributed by June 30.

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June 24, 2009

Another of famed Navajo Code Talkers dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 24, 2009 21:28:16 EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Another Navajo Code Talker has died.

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June 10, 2009

Wahlen, Navy MoH recipient for Iwo Jima, dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 10, 2009 5:47:04 EDT

ROY, Utah — George E. Wahlen, a Medal of Honor recipient wounded during the battle of Iwo Jima, has died at 84

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June 5, 2009

Nagasaki A-bomb plane co-pilot, 88, dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jun 5, 2009 8:31:47 EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Charles Donald Albury, co-pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, has died after years of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

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June 4, 2009

Marine vets want to put flags along busy road

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 4, 2009 21:57:18 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — It seems like a simple request: Plant 1,000 U.S. flags along a stretch of Interstate 5 aboard Camp Pendleton during Labor Day weekend in September.

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May 24, 2009

Bikes escort vets' remains through Utah

The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 24, 2009 14:03:09 EDT

WENDOVER, Nev. — Veterans Johnnie Franklin Callahan, James William Dunn and Isaiah Mays may have died years apart, but they're now on a joint cross-country journey to a final resting place.

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May 21, 2009

1 of last original Navajo Code Talkers dies

By Felicia Fonseca - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday May 21, 2009 6:09:41 EDT

PHOENIX — A Navajo Code Talker who was part of the original group recruited to develop what became an unbreakable code that confounded the Japanese during World War II has died.

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May 18, 2009

Thunder Still Rolls After 20 Years

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- It started in 1989 as a road trip across the heartland of the United States. Participants of the inaugural Run For The Wall ride were just a couple of veterans who loved their motorcycles and loved their country even more.

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May 11, 2009

Iraqi ballots honor fallen Marines

Hickory resident provides another memory for Gold Star families

HICKORY - Russ Meade knows the power of a ballot.

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May 8, 2009

'Little Warriors' Surf Camp to Host 100 Military Children

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – Surfs up! Military children of wounded or fallen servicemembers will be able to catch their first wave this summer, thanks to Freedom Is Not Free, a California-based troop-support group.

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May 7, 2009

Former Marine NCO Takes Military Spouse of the Year Honors

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2009 – Tanya Queiro, a former Marine Corps noncommissioned officer, was named the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year at a ceremony held here today.

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May 4, 2009

Iraq war veteran tries to catch on with the Broncos

Rulon Davis may or may not make the final 53-man roster for the Denver Broncos. If he doesn't, though, it won't be because his work ethic, attitude or discipline are lacking.

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April 30, 2009

DoD Defines New GI Bill Transfer Rules

New GI Bill Transfer Rules Give Members More Control

Servicemembers nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations.

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April 21, 2009

VA to accept new GI Bill applications May 1

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 21, 2009 13:18:52 EDT

Applications for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill will be accepted by the Veterans Affairs Department beginning May 1, according the VA and Defense Department officials.

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April 9, 2009

Obama Offers Plan to Improve Care for Veterans

President Obama announced plans on Thursday to computerize the medical records of veterans into a unified system, a move that is expected to ease the now-cumbersome process that results in confusion, lost records and bureaucratic delays.

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April 8, 2009

Vet Upset at Anderson Flag Handling

- Larry Garrett, of Northwest Austin, says he won't be able to vote next month. His polling place is the high school he recently got banned from

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April 3, 2009

Hero finally gets his due

Vietnam veteran to receive Silver Star for bravery in battle 42 years ago

Nighttime cloaked Hill 881 South in a blackness that filled the Marines of Mike Company with a well-founded dread.

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Marines help Korean War vet raise flag

JOSHUA TREE — Korean War veteran and Navy Cross recipient Richard Blasongame raised his American flag on a sturdy new pole Wednesday thanks to help from the United States Marines and some clandestine calls by a fellow veteran.

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March 19, 2009

Obama Drops Vet Insurance Plan

Obama Drops Vet Insurance Plan; More Showdowns Loom

President Obama won style points from veterans' service organizations this week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans' health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions. More disputes are likely between a White House struggling to impose new restraints on federal spending, and advocates for military members and veterans who have borne the brunt of two long and difficult wars. To learn more, read the full article on Military.com.

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March 17, 2009

Veterans groups irate at Obama's private insurance proposal

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans' private insurance plans.

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March 16, 2009

Veteran on cross-country bike trek dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Mar 16, 2009 11:15:08 EDT

NORMAN, Okla. — A disabled Gulf War veteran who left Norman earlier this month on a hand-propelled bicycle headed for Washington, D.C., to honor fallen soldiers has died.

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March 10, 2009

Marines use resources to locate, properly honor first sergeant major of the Marine Corps

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Marines take care of their own. It’s a mantra every Marine learns in recruit training, and a proud declaration of devotion passed along from generation to generation.
The Inspector-Instructor staff here recently kept true to the saying, by taking care of a Marine who died 37 years ago.

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February 19, 2009

Re-enlistment getting tougher for Marines

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Feb 19, 2009 15:35:41 EST

In late December, a former NCO decided to rejoin the Corps.

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February 6, 2009

Toys for Tots Successful Despite Slow Economy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2009 – Sixteen million new toys were distributed to 7.6 million children over the Christmas holiday through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

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February 5, 2009

Retired Marine paves way for Leathernecks everywhere

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The best things in life are not always planned.

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February 1, 2009

New home built for paralyzed Marine

The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Feb 1, 2009 8:56:50 EST

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — Former Marine Cpl. Joshua Hoffman was paralyzed from the chest down two years ago by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq. He uses a wheelchair and has been in and out of hospitals with infections.

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January 30, 2009

Iraq veteran Joshua Hoffman ready for move to home built by volunteers aided by Homes For Our Troops

MIDDLEVILLE -- Heather Lovell suspected it all along, but now she is certain: People do care.

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January 29, 2009

Face of Defense: Country Music Star Earned Stripes in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 – Stephen Cochran was a normal 19-year-old with a dream of making music his life when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks led him down an unplanned path to the Marine Corps.

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January 28, 2009

Author, columnist and Marine James Brady dies

By Polly Anderson - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jan 28, 2009 18:21:46 EST

NEW YORK — James Brady, a decorated Marine officer who went on to become an author and Parade magazine’s celebrity columnist, has died at 80.

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January 25, 2009

A Marine pilot's long journey home

For over 60 years, they knew only that he was lost in battle. Then a Globe account reunited a family with its hero.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The rain fell steadily from an opaque sky, but the Marines stood ramrod straight, eyes fixed ahead. In the historic graveyard, the Rev. Peter Lanzillotta gazed down at the urn. "You served your country with a full measure of your devotion. We shall salute you and say hail and farewell, good and noble Marine."

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January 23, 2009

Devil dog providing the Corps with some new threads

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — When Russ Meade was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1994, the former infantryman thought his separation would be only temporary. After obtaining his college degree, he planned on returning to the Marine Corps as an officer and making it a career.

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January 21, 2009

Medal of Honor recipient James Swett of Redding dies at 88

James Elms Swett of Redding once said that notoriety can at times be a “damn nuisance.”

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December 17, 2008

Filner Discusses Veterans Issues on Dr. Phil Show

Episode explores the needs of America’s returning service members

Washington D.C. – Congressman Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will appear on Dr. Phil in an episode focused on honoring America’s contract with our military veterans. Dr. Phil talks with veterans and their families about the challenges of returning home after deployment. Congressman Filner shares his views about the medical and mental health care needs of returning service members. He also discusses the need for a good faith reform effort at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care and services offered to America’s veterans. The show, entitled “Beyond the Front Lines,” is scheduled to air on Friday, December 19. Check your local listings for air time.

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Marine walking across U.S. reaches Mendocino County

A U.S. Marine from Montana camped in Willits during a stop in what he figures will be a more than 8,000 mile journey across the United States of America.

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Marine walking across U.S. reaches Mendocino County

A U.S. Marine from Montana camped in Willits during a stop in what he figures will be a more than 8,000 mile journey across the United States of America.

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'Hero' finally gets his heart

After 63 years, WWII vet receives Purple Heart

At Pensacola Naval Air Station on Tuesday, Marine Corps Pfc. Johnny Smith finally got his medal.

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December 14, 2008

Steele made her mark in Women Marines

Just a year after the Women Marines were created, Adene Thompson enlisted. Today, the same woman proudly flies the U.S. Marine flag from the front of her house in Eaton.

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December 5, 2008

World War II veteran reunited with man who aided his escape from Japanese prison

The old man waited quietly in his wheelchair, an oxygen line lacing his face, a military cap atop his head. On Monday just after 11 a.m., a commotion erupted at the Ormond Nursing and Care Center's front door as a slight, somewhat younger gentleman approached.

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December 2, 2008

Female Ex-Marine faces down knife welding robber

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- Orange County deputies are still looking for a robber who held a butcher knife to the throat of woman and demanded cash.

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November 29, 2008

After 40 Years, Marine Gets His Medal

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man has been honored for his service during the Vietnam War about 40 years after everyone in his 15-man patrol was wounded in a firefight.

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November 26, 2008

Staying Power: Marine Corps’ Call Center Contacts, Assists Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2008 – Wounded warriors who call into the Marine Wounded Warrior Call Center near Quantico, Va., find truth in the motto, “once a Marine, always a Marine.”

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November 24, 2008

Marine couple teaming up since WWII

Tackle life's trials together

The two old Marines, both legally blind, touch fingers while navigating the living room. Their vision has been reduced to shadows and fuzzy shapes. They work as a team to avoid tabletops and footstools.

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Former Marine, KC-130 meet up one last time

Staff report
Posted : Monday Nov 24, 2008 20:07:00 EST

Seasons change, people grow older and military aircraft retire to the Arizona desert.

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Former Marine, KC-130 meet up one last time

Staff report
Posted : Monday Nov 24, 2008 20:07:00 EST

Seasons change, people grow older and military aircraft retire to the Arizona desert.

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November 14, 2008

Once a Marine Raider, always a Marine Raider

Charles Meacham, better known as Chuck to his friends and family, has pretty much seen it all.

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November 13, 2008

Kids tune in to ‘code talker’

Navajo Marine visits school on U.S. base, tells of role during WWII

By Tim Wightman, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Thursday, November 13, 2008

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A piece of living history visited Yokosuka Naval Base’s elementary school Wednesday to give students a first-hand account of his role in World War II.

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November 12, 2008

Troop Support Group Launches New Web Site

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2008 – A troop-support group that provides education on the brain’s and body’s natural responses to stress launched its redesigned Web site yesterday.
“Our Web site is completely redesigned to power our mission of providing the best education, training and resources for supporting strength and resilience in all areas of military life,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, executive director of “One Freedom.”

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November 7, 2008

Applebee’s offers free meals to military

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 7, 2008 12:46:04 EST

Active-duty members, retirees and veterans can get a free meal at a limited number of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants on Veterans Day, with proof of military service.

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November 2, 2008

John Ripley, Vietnam War hero, dies at age 69

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Retired Marine Col. John Ripley, who was credited with stopping a column of North Vietnamese tanks by blowing up a pair of bridges during the 1972 Easter Offensive of the Vietnam War, died at home at age 69, friends and relatives said Sunday.

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October 30, 2008

Combat to College

KEVIN BLANCHARD’S freshman year at George Washington University was unlike anybody else’s on campus.

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New Law Authorizes Veterans’ Salutes during National Anthem

WASHINGTON -- Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

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October 6, 2008

SPECIAL INVITATION TO VETERANS

Gold Star Families License Plate Bill To Be Signed By Governor

Governor Schwarzenegger is signing SB 1455 (Cogdill) – Gold Star Family License Plates – and you are invited to witness this very significant event. Gold Star Families have been waiting a long time to proudly display these license plates which will honor their fallen family members. These families have endured a most painful sacrifice for the sake of our country; let’s now come together to show them our gratitude and support.

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Family members to get GI Bill benefits

Troops can shift them to spouse, kids

By Rick Maze - rmaze@militarytimes.com
Posted : October 06, 2008

All career service members, regardless of their military occupational specialty, will be offered the opportunity to transfer GI Bill benefits to immediate family members starting next summer, under a plan taking shape in the Pentagon.

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VA rule change may mean higher TBI payouts

By Rick Maze - rmaze@militarytimes.com
Posted : October 06, 2008

In the first of what could become many revisions in its disability ratings, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 23 that it is changing how it evaluates traumatic brain injuries, a move that could increase disability compensation for thousands of veterans who have been injured by roadside bombs or other explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Lessons from one vet to another

Posted : October 06, 2008

Bob O’Rourke is a Vietnam War veteran and instructor for Outward Bound veterans courses. Here are three truths he emphasizes to veterans.

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October 1, 2008

Should you join the Guard or reserve?

What active-duty service members need to know

By Tranette Ledford - tledford@militarytimes.com

If you think leaving active duty to join the National Guard or reserve means no more deployments, think again. Prior service and prior deployments won’t keep you on home turf.

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September 17, 2008

Congress may abandon vets’ legislation

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Sep 17, 2008 10:06:16 EDT

Congress appears to be on the verge of abandoning major veterans’ issues in a rush to leave town to run for re-election, charges the legislative director of one of the nation’s largest veterans’ organizations.

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July 28, 2008

New GI Bill answers

When benefits start. Who will qualify. How much you may get

By Rick Maze - rmaze@militarytimes.com
Posted : July 28, 2008

Just more than a year from now, on Aug. 1, 2009, veterans’ education benefits will undergo a life-changing transformation that will make a four-year college degree suddenly affordable for a new generation of wartime veterans.

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July 9, 2008

Misinformation clouds new GI Bill

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 9, 2008 17:09:46 EDT

Full-tuition educational benefits included in a new veterans’ program signed into law on June 30 will not take effect until Aug. 1, 2009, unless Congress approves a change in the new law.

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July 7, 2008

Marine receives Purple Heart, 63 years later

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 7, 2008 7:02:08 EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. — After a 63-year wait, Lyle Chambers has received a Purple Heart for his heroism as a 19-year-old Marine private during the World War II South Pacific island battle of Peleliu.

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July 1, 2008

Wounded Warrior job fair offers opportunities

By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 1, 2008 6:35:03 EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Cpl. Mark Marcoux set his sights on college long before he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

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June 30, 2008

Bush signs Iraq and Afghanistan war-funding by Olivier Knox

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Monday signed into law a 162-billion-dollar spending bill funding the Afghanistan and Iraq wars well into 2009 -- roughly six months into his successor's term.

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Your new GI Bill An average of $80,000 for college — and it’s transferable to your spouse or kids

By Rick Maze - rmaze@militarytimes.com
Posted : June 30, 2008


Lawmakers have approved some of the most significant improvements to the GI Bill since its inception during World War II, an expansion of benefits that will enable new generations of veterans — and for the first time, family members — to fully cover the costs of obtaining a college degree.

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June 13, 2008

Flag Day: Four Personal Perspectives

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2008 – Tomorrow the United States observes National Flag Day, an annual tribute to the American flag, the ideals it stands for and the sacrifices made to preserve them.

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Custom chopper is mobile memorial for veterans

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO — A former depot Marine has found a new way to honor his brothers in arms instead of only extending his thanks or by buying them drinks.

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May 26, 2008

The Wars We Choose to Ignore

Gen. John A. Logan was a Union officer, a fierce Republican partisan, an early advocate of the kind of volunteer army the United States now fights wars with. He is also one of the people credited with coming up with the holiday that we celebrate today. A statue in Logan Circle in Washington shows the general on horseback flanked by two female figures said to represent America at war and America at peace.

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May 23, 2008

Always faithful to his 'boys': Parade marshal embodies Marine Corps ideals

TOPSHAM — Everett Pope doesn't care how he's referred to during Monday's Brunswick-Topsham Memorial Day pa-rade, as long as he can ride through it in a rusty Hum-vee instead of a shiny convertible.

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May 22, 2008

Monument to Marines dedicated at development

A luxury housing development in Wailea is the site of a newly dedicated monument honoring the 4th Division Marines who trained on Maui during World War II before shipping out to battles in the Pacific.

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May 18, 2008

IRR Marines still have Corps rules to follow

By Trista Talton - ttalton@militarytimes.com
Posted : May 26, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — You gave four to the Corps.

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May 15, 2008

First Victory on GI Bill Today

This afternoon, the House of Representatives made history. By an overwhelming margin, lawmakers passed the landmark new GI Bill which will make college affordable to the more than 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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May 7, 2008

Historic GI Bill Vote Tomorrow

Historic Vote in House of Representatives Tomorrow on World War II-style GI Bill

Iraq Veterans Urge Lawmakers to Vote Yes on GI Bill Funding

NEW YORK -On Thursday, May 8, the House of Representatives will vote on a World War II-style GI Bill for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, strongly endorses this critical legislation. It was originally introduced in Congress by some of the Senate's own combat veterans, including Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE). The bill has the extraordinary bipartisan support of more than 330 Senators and Representatives and the endorsement of every major Veterans Service Organization from IAVA to the American Legion to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The GI Bill is being voted on as an amendment to the war supplemental spending plan.

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May 5, 2008

Image abuse?

Time’s ‘green’ Iwo Jima cover sparks outrage among Marines

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : May 05, 2008

Donald Mates clearly recalls the moment, more than 63 years ago, when he stood at the foot of Mount Suribachi and looked up as his fellow Marines planted an American flag at Iwo Jima.

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May 4, 2008

New push to award Gabaldon the Medal of Honor

By Adrian Sainz - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 4, 2008 12:09:52 EDT

MIAMI — Armed and alone, Guy Gabaldon roamed Saipan’s caves and pillboxes, using his Japanese language skills to convince enemy soldiers and civilians to surrender during the hellish World War II island battle in the summer of 1944.

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May 1, 2008

VA trial ends with differing views of care

By Paul Elias - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday May 1, 2008 7:27:12 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — A two-week trial that scrutinized the quality of health care for veterans concluded Wednesday with the judge questioning how much authority he had to order changes in the Department of Veterans Affairs, even if he found deficiencies.

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April 22, 2008

VA stalling on care, judge told at S.F. trial

(04-21) 17:30 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 120 veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq commit suicide every week while the government stalls in granting returning troops the mental health treatment and benefits to which they are entitled, veterans advocates told a federal judge Monday in San Francisco.

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March 12, 2008

Recording History - Part XIII - Jason and Lindsey

By Richard S. Lowry
March 12, 2008

December 12, 2004 changed Jason and Lindsey Arellano’s lives forever. U.S. Marine Sergeant Jason R Arellano, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Kilo Company, 2nd Platoon’s third squad leader found himself in Iraq for the second time. He had last seen American soil on September 11, 2004, leaving his loved ones in prayer and anticipation. Jason and Lindsey recently shared the following write-up with me after I contacted him to request an interview for my book. Jason told me that they wanted to write it all down before the memories faded. Hopefully, they will gather other stories of that fateful day and publish a book of their own. No doubt, I will tell Sergeant Jason Arellano’s story, but this poignant tale will be left for their telling.about

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February 9, 2008

Last original Iwo Jima flag-raiser dies at 82

REDDING, Calif. (Feb 9, 2008) -- Raymond Jacobs, believed to be the last surviving member of the group of Marines photographed during the original U.S. flag-raising on Iwo Jima during World War II, has died at age 82.

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February 8, 2008

Pentagon starts new benefits push

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 8, 2008 5:28:36 EST

Defense officials and lawmakers are forging ahead on a plan that would allow all troops — not just a few in critical skills — to transfer unused GI Bill education benefits to family members.

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February 5, 2008

Iraq vet finds focus on field, in classroom

CRESCENT SPRINGS - At 22-years-old, Greg Dixon has his whole life in front of him. But already, the Iraq war veteran has achieved two life goals: He served his country as a U.S. Marine and is now playing college football at Thomas More College.

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February 4, 2008

1st responders trained to spot troubled vets

By Stephanie Reitz - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Feb 4, 2008 6:27:58 EST

HOLYOKE, Mass. — For many returning troops, lifesaving combat instincts can complicate life at home: constant vigilance, agitation in confined places, bolting from loud noises and other behaviors that can be misinterpreted by police.

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January 26, 2008

Homes for Our Troops begins house in Alabama

By Garry Mitchell - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Jan 26, 2008 14:16:36 EST

IRVINGTON, Ala. — Two Black Hawk helicopters hovered and tipped rotors Friday in honor of Marine Sgt. Greg Edwards at a ceremony to start building a specially adapted home for the Edwards family.

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January 23, 2008

Corps involuntarily activates 870 IRR members

By Kimberly Johnson - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2008 6:05:27 EST

The Corps is reaching back into the Individual Ready Reserve this week to involuntary activate 870 Marines, most for duty in Iraq, service officials said.

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January 21, 2008

A new generation of homeless veterans emerges

By Erin McClam - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jan 21, 2008 9:11:25 EST

LEEDS, Massachusetts — Peter Mohan traces the path from the Iraqi battlefield to this lifeless conference room, where he sits in a kilt and a Camp Kill Yourself T-shirt and calmly describes how he became a sad cliche: a homeless veteran.