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The United States’ first national monument to a soldier’s best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday.
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A brother and sister who both serve in the U.S. Navy and have been separated for the past 30 years were finally reunited in an emotional day Friday at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).
'Flying Scarfs,' Air Force captains' nonprofit, empowers widowed Afghan women by selling their scarves
Facebook Reunites Deployed Soldier’s Son With Lost ‘Daddy Doll’
Judah and Noah Gossett love their “Daddy dolls” — customized toys featuring the smiling face of their military father.
The boys’ dad is serving in Afghanistan on his fifth tour overseas, and the dolls provide comfort while their father is away. So when the Judah Gossett lost his prized possession on Tuesday in a Manalapan, N.J., Target, his mother, Raynalin Gossett panicked.
“He sleeps with it, always wants it, carries it where we go,” she told NBC 4.
Luckily, Michelle McHugh found the doll, brought it to customer service, posted a photo of it to Facebook and let a miracle happen.
“Can everyone please share this picture?" McHugh wrote on Tuesday. "I found this little military buddy doll left in a cart at Manalapan Target on Rte. 9. It has the picture of someone’s dad and there must be a very upset little kid somewhere! I left it with Target customer service."
By that night, more than 3,000 people shared the photo. And on Wednesday afternoon, Raynalin Gossett saw the post.
"Thank you Michelle for finding my son’s doll! We franticly went back to get him when we realized!" Gossett wrote. "My son is obsessed with it!!! Would love to take you to lunch sometime soon!"
The photo continued to be shared.
"The waterfall of care I have seen in the past 24 hours of strangers through social media is just overwhelming," Gossett wrote in a later comment. "What a great country."
Though Judah Gossett and his doll have been reunited, the photo has continued to spread across Facebook. By Friday night it had received more than 26,000 shares.
The boys’ father may not be home yet, but having their dolls helps deal with the distance.
Royal Navy Makes Traditional Toasts Gender Neutral
Britain’s Royal Navy says it is dropping the traditional sailors’ toast to “our wives and sweethearts,” replacing the timeworn language with a gender-neutral reference to “our families.”
In a statement, the military said the Saturday night toast was being updated to “reflect cultural changes” in the navy, which has included female sailors for more than two decades.
The practice of toasting “our wives and sweethearts” — occasionally followed with a bawdy “May they never meet!” — has long been a part of naval culture and is one of the seven traditional toasts delivered over dinner for each day of the week.
The Tuesday night toast to “our men” has also been updated to “our sailors,” according to the statement released Saturday.
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Juan Dominguez lost his both his legs and his right arm after stepping on improvised explosive device while serving as a Marine Corporal in Afghanistan in 2010. But that didn’t stop him from finding true love a few months later, when he met his now-wife Alexis after returning to the States.
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There was a touching moment before tonight’s Red Sox/Rays game, as nine-year-old Alayna Adams threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tropicana Field and was reunited with her dad in the process.
Vietnam veteran presumed dead reportedly found in remote jungle 44 years later
John Hartley Robertson, a Green Beret presumed dead after his helicopter was shot down in a 1968 secret mission over Laos, has been found more than four decades later in south-central Vietnam, according to the new documentary “Unclaimed.”
The film, by Canadian Michael Jorgensen, covers the journey of Vietnam veteran Tom Faunce to track down and identify Robertson. It made its official premiere Tuesday in Toronto.
Native American Women Warriors
The Native American Women Warriors was created to raise awareness of women veterans
Mitchelene BigMan President and founder had created dresses to signify her patriotism to this great nation and the First Nations People.
In March 2010, the dresses caught the eye of an elder, which was the time the group was recognized as the first all female Native American Color Guard. The name at that time was the Army Women’s Iraqi Freedom Veterans, because it started out as Army, but changed the name to include all branches of services.
Since that historical moment the ladies have made special appearances as motivational, guest and keynote speakers at various events whether Veterans or Native in; conferences, pageants, training and Ethnic Observances.
Native American Women Warriors still are given the opportunities to color guard but has grown to a non-profit, officially 1 Mar 2012. With the growth and changes, members had changed, but our recruitment efforts has blessed us with outstanding and passionate Native lady veterans and assisting us in our vision and mission, we have been blessed to have Sarah Baker, a member of the Marine Corps, join our ranks and has helped us tremendously.
Our current board of directors are; Mitchelene BigMan, Army (founder/president, Crow), Arlene Duncan (Vice President/), Angel Young (Secretary/Standing Rock Lakota), Brenda McEwing (Treasurer/Dakota Tipi).
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The soldier who lost all four limbs in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2009, showed the world his newly transplanted arms Tuesday.
Brendan Marrocco, 26, the first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs, received his new arms in a 13-hour operation that involved 16 surgeons on December 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members
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Marine Corps leaders have directed their legal teams to alert spouses clubs at all Marine bases to begin allowing same-sex spouses as members if those social groups want to continue operating on Marine installations, Marine officials confirmed to NBC News Wednesday evening.
Marine Makes History with the First Same-Sex Proposal at White House
Just days before the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law, a gay marine is making history with what is believed to be the first-ever same-sex marriage proposal in the White House.
It happened this past weekend when U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps was on a White House Christmas tour with his partner, Ben. The couple met at the White House earlier this year during an LGBT Pride Month event. The photo of Phelps popping the question quickly went viral.
Colleges offer veterans classes to ease transition
The students in the Saturday morning class trickle in and, as they introduce themselves around a table, reveal far more intimate biographies than just name and hometown.
One confesses to demons he struggles to control. Another says he’s here to find a community. “Forgive me,” an Iraq war veteran begins haltingly. “I have to use notes. I have a brain injury.”
The students are participants in a veterans writing seminar atGeorge Washington University, where for two days they immerse themselves in the basics of the craft and learn how to plumb for therapeutic and creative purposes their experiences in places likeIraq, Bosnia and Vietnam. The class is a non-credit weekend seminar open to veterans and their relatives, but the university plans to soon adapt the model into a for-credit semester-long course for student veterans.
The seminar is part of a trend of veterans-only courses offered atcolleges and universities, part of a concerted effort to cater to a population that tends to be older, more experienced and farther removed from the classroom than traditional undergraduates.
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Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was hosting its first same-sex wedding Saturday.