Monthly Archives: July 2013

Veterans take to the water in Pennsylvania ‘Heroes’ program

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York, PA - Travis Goebel enjoyed the quiet of a lazy Sunday morning paddling his kayak across Lake Williams. “It’s so calming,” Goebel said, noting there’s no noise from a motor or a radio. “I can disconnect from everything when I’m … Continue reading

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Post-retirement, pioneering Army doctor not slowing down

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EL PASO — For retired Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland, there’s just no slowing down. Hawley-Bowland, a 61-year-old medical doctor, stays active by volunteering through the Red Cross at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, a bustling military hospital in El Paso. … Continue reading

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Police incident with AWOL Pennsylvania soldier highlights military suicides

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LOWER POTTSGROVE — More than five hours after officers took up defensive positions when they heard a gunshot while doing a wellness check, the ChesMont Emergency Response Team concluded Wednesday’s standoff situation at a home near Pottsgrove High School. “Suspect … Continue reading

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Shifting focus: Army veteran finds pride in academic success

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SANTA CRUZ — Jeremiah Ridgeway studied filmmaking and graphic design at Pima Community College in his early 20s. But mostly, the Army veteran says, he frittered away his time. He’s not about to make the same mistake again as he … Continue reading

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How the Pentagon’s payroll quagmire traps soldiers

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EL PASO, Texas – As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan – enemies he had already encountered with … Continue reading

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As VA promises change, America’s disabled veterans wait for help

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Walt Youse died before the Department of Veterans Affairs could decide whether to compensate him for his World War II disabilities: shrapnel in his shoulder and foot troubles stemming from the jungle rot he suffered in Japan. His grandson, Justin … Continue reading

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