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USCG Barque Eagle at her temporary home in the Inner Harbor!

News Brief for 12 September 2014

MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Mitchell D. Crowther, from Perryville, Md., ascends into a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter after leaping into the water to simulate a rescue. Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo) News Brief

More than 50 Veterans And First Responders Take Memorial Ride To Ground Zero >> TWC News Buffalo
To mark the 13 years since September 11th, first responders from Western New York and across the state gathered in Albany. Thursday morning, more than 50 first responders and veterans from across the state took off for a memorial ride to Ground Zero.

Wounded Warriors inspire with their indomitable spirit >> WFAA 8 ABC
It was humbling and moving to be in the presence of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team on Wednesday night at Toyota Field.

Getting Back In The Fight: Warrior Soul Fitness Apparel Helps Veterans Returning Home >> Long Beach Post
Starting over has been a recurring theme for Albert since returning from the battlefield. The once-homeless entrepreneur quit drinking in 2007 and now runs a construction business, online training company and Warrior Soul Apparel-a clothing company that sells fitness gear with 20 percent of the profits going toward helping veterans returning home from deployment- which was inspired by his desire to help his brothers in arms transition back to civilian life.

Bulldog mascot becomes Marine >> U-T San Diego
As dawn rose over the Reaper hill, a square-jawed, barrel-chested Marine recruit marched ahead to receive his Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem.

13 vets' unclaimed remains finally laid to rest >> Associated Press
Thirteen military veterans whose remains went unclaimed at a Detroit morgue were finally laid to rest Thursday in side-by-side plots after a 60-mile procession in which state troopers on motorcycle accompanied the 13 hearses to the cemetery.

Life Without My Father: A Personal Account on Suicide >> DoD Live
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, "Suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and society itself."

Senate passes increase in veterans disability benefits >> The Hill
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would increase compensation benefits for veterans with disabilities.

News Brief for 11 September 2014 News Brief

Homeless veteran photographs homeless people in Prescott region >> The Daily Courier
Brad Messervy has been homeless in the Prescott area for the last five years and often sleeps in the forest, which he says he loves. Messervy chooses to be homeless out of a love for the lifestyle and the freedom it affords him.

Three years later, Afghan war vet and military dog are reunited in Dallas >> Dallas Morning News
A Garland resident and former U.S. Marine has reunited with a military dog that he served with in Afghanistan in 2011.

‘I have held that life in my hands’ >> Washington Post
My first morning in Forward Operating Base Lightning, Maj. Vance Trenkel, the Third Cavalry's public affairs officer, asked me to create a little good feeling and sketch someone wearing the Third Cav's Stetson. Of course I agreed, and made one plaintive request: it had to be some Clint Eastwood-looking crusty veteran of multiple conflicts. "I need to see the grit in the corners of his eyes," I said.

Man bikes across country to raise money for Veterans >> WRCB Chattanooga
Grehlinger is making his way across the country on two wheels. He's riding from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, totaling close to 44-hundred miles in just 3 months. With every mile, he's raising money for Veteran's Best Friend, an organization that gives dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD.

G.I. Joe photo exhibit in San Jose brings to life the real plight of struggling veterans >> San Jose Mercury News
These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that's precisely the point.

Sports becoming popular therapy for vets >> U-T San Diego
"This guy," said Travis Schneider, pointing toward the big brown eyes of his service dog, Gibbs, a white Labrador retriever. And sports. These two things have made Schneider's life tolerable since he left the Navy in 2012. The former gunner's mate lives with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a mild brain injury after nine months in Iraq in 2008.

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Marines attach cargo to a CH-53E Super Stallion


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