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ACU and buying that first home

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ACU and buying that first home

For service members and veterans thinking about buying their first home with a Veterans Administration (VA) loan, America's Credit Union can help make that dream come true. "We encourage applicants to place an application for preapproval prior to shopping for a home," said Traci Frazier, the mortgage production manager at ACU.

Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

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Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland introduced the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Calculation Improvement Act to the House of Representatives on April 21, 2022.  Fifty-eight of her Congressional colleagues have signed on in support. The House Report of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is well aware of the act. In

NeuroStim TMS expands

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NeuroStim TMS expands

NeuroStim TMS, a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation to patients in the Pacific Northwest, recently relocated to a larger facility to help individuals in the Lakewood-Tacoma area. "Moving to a larger facility is a great milestone for the whole NeuroStim team," said Walt Guidice, NeuroStim's CEO. "The fact that we

Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

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Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

Transitioning from a military career to a civilian career is not always easy; however, there is the recognition of the value that veterans bring in terms of leadership and teamwork. A recent analysis by LinkedIn's Economic Graph team looked at metropolitan areas where college-educated veterans with a bachelor's degree or more

Training for three badges

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Training for three badges

SPC Mohamed Abdelaziz was not far from a station where soldiers trained to evaluate and treat a casualty for a spinal injury and shock. Sitting cross-legged and writing with an old-fashion wood pencil, he was a study in concentration. "I'm am going over and committing to memory the 12 identifying signs

VA: 113,000 new burn pit claims

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VA: 113,000 new burn pit claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 112,949 claims by veterans have been filed as of Oct. 22 under the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act.  The new law expands the eligibility for health care and benefits for veterans

Store-to-door-service

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Store-to-door-service

  Shopping for that new refrigerator, washer or dryer may come with a few more options, to include improved delivery and installation services, through a new partnership between Home Depot and military exchange officials according to a story by Military Times. According to Karen Cardin, chief merchandising officer for the Army &

Closure for Vietnam veterans

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Closure for Vietnam veterans

In hosting a Vietnam War era Veterans Pinning Ceremony Oct. 20 at Lakewood City Hall, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland's (WA-10) sincerity toward the veterans and their family members was palpable. "My father, William Strickland, is a veteran who served in World War II and Korea," she began. "I know that military families

Local veteran shares his small business story

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Local veteran shares his small business story

DJ Brown enlisted in the Navy in 1986 to take advantage of the opportunity to gain life skills as both an aviation electrician and recruiter. When he retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 2006, he and his wife were in the process of purchasing a UPS store when Mail

Out of the box mental health care

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Out of the box mental health care

While serving as a police officer, David Simonsen realized that his ability to help individuals in distress was limited. "I wanted to be more instrumental in helping people change their behavior so they could have better relationships," he began. "I truly believe the healthier one is in their relationships, the more

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Military families turned out for party at Marymount Car Museum

Five-year-old Isabelle Poole sat quietly as a barber trimmed her hair. "We're fixing her hair," her mother, Karen Poole, said. "This past Thursday she tried cutting her own hair, so today's event came at a good time for us to stop by," she added with a thin smile. I began to get the

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Citizenship highlighted at Mt. Tahoma's JROTC competition

Cody McCartney stood ramrod straight at attention. In front of him stood a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet from the University of Washington. The inspector looked and sounded serious. Very serious. One of 21 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion, McCartney, a senior, faced a

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47th Combat Support Hospital leads efforts to raise cancer research funding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are 175,000 reasons to shave your head. That number represents the children who are annually diagnosed with cancer. Their fight against this deadly disease is an uphill brawl; more children in this country die of cancer than any other disease. Saturday afternoon in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Special Events Tent,

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Mayor of Lakewood wins bet with JBLM commander

It looks like Joint Base Lewis-McChord's commander, Col. Chuck Hodges, will be making good on his bet with Lakewood's mayor, Don Anderson. The city and JBLM enjoy a very good relationship that both Anderson and Hodges prize. But that didn't stop them from making a friendly wager on the outcome of

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Servicemembers held for Ebola monitoring at JBLM go home

Technical Sgt. Joe Greene happily returned home to Montana late Tuesday afternoon. "I was ready to get back to my family for Christmas," he said during a telephone interview from his home in Montana. "I missed Thanksgiving with them." One of 15 individuals monitored for Ebola symptoms, Greene spent 21 days in

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Tacoma honors veterans at War Memorial Park

Remembrance is a simple experience. At exactly 11 a.m. at the War Memorial Park in Tacoma, several hundred veterans, family members, friends and a handful of elected officials met on a cold and windy morning overlooking the Narrows Bridges to remember all veterans. "We are here to pay honor to those who

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I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza discusses Veterans Day with Lakewood students

Veterans Day can be described simply as the day set aside to honor our country's veterans. "This is about service, about the sacrifices that give us our rights, liberty and environment," explained Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza this afternoon to the student body of St. Francis Cabrini School. Invited by the school to

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Words & Photos: Salute the Troops packs the Lakewood Towne Center

Star Clayton felt appreciated. "It just good to be here today," said the active-duty member's spouse as her daughter, Emily, had her bangs trimmed. "This is the first time I've ever experienced something like this, and it's nice to be appreciated by the community." In what has become an area tradition, The Ranger

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Remembering Our POWs and MIAs: JBLM hosts commemorative ride

The bikers showed up. Some rode in individually; others rode in groups of two or three. All represented Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "It's one team, one fight, right?" commented Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Morain as we stood in a parking lot next to Memorial Grove at McChord Field and watched as the riders gathered. Morain

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Rising Thunder Stresses Partnership: Japanese and JBLM soldiers train at Yakima

The back blast from the howitzer instantly raised the fine dry desert dust.  A 155 mm shell sliced through the warm morning air toward a target miles away - sort of like the way the first sip of a cold beer feels as it goes down on a hot day. As silence

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