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Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Most, if not all, men and women who serve our country will agree that those who qualify to serve as a SEAL are the best of the best. The men (women have yet to be indoctrinated) who become SEALS are not only physically fit, but mentally tough and emotionally sound. Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine, retired Commander and founder of SEALFIT, will be speaking at the Operation Military Family Cares Nation... »

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” is a statement attributed to Churchill. Yet, “history” today is often based on the perspective of those who tell the story and their interpretation. Whether it is some educator with an agenda or Hollywood with its interpretation, can one learn from history if the facts are ignored? David “Sting” Rae, military adviser for the mov... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond  — the Medal of Honor

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond — the Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest award for military valor. It is awarded to those individuals whose actions have risen “above and beyond the call of duty;” in plain speak, it is earned in action at the risk of a service member’s life for that of another. Since the inception of the award, after the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, millions have served this country but only 3,492 ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that Washington State received a $4.3 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the state’s defense industry. Despite the news that the national unemployment rate for baby boomers (those older than 55) fell to 3.9 percent from 4.6 percent as 230,000 people landed new jobs (though mostly in ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans benefit with new consumer innovation search

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans benefit with new consumer innovation search

When veterans own or lead companies and small businesses, income inequality shrinks. Why? Because most veterans who have led teams understand that leaders eat last. Edison Nation, a company that offers multiple go-to-market strategies to get product ideas on store shelves, and veteran rehabilitation non-profit Ride2Recovery have teamed up to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. With more men and ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Is human trafficking necessary for mission success?

Edmonds Military Wire: Is human trafficking necessary for mission success?

Let me first set the stage before I share what I’m about to share – in order to complete most large-scale missions, it takes many hands to do so. Not only are the men and women who serve in uniform necessary, but so are countless “behind the scenes” civilians. What is traditionally not asked is how those civilians became a part of the mission. In my years in the service, I never once considered as... »

Edmonds Military Wire: First Responders Contest being hosted by Josh Cellars Wine and Gary Sinise Foundation

Edmonds Military Wire: First Responders Contest being hosted by Josh Cellars Wine and Gary Sinise Foundation

If you or someone you know is a First Responder, you’ll want to read this article. Josh Cellars Wine and The Gary Sinise Foundation proudly announced on Monday, August 18, anyone from a local community can go online and nominate a deserving first responder to receive a $10,000 grant for their organization. Five local responder groups from across the United States will each receive a grant from Jos... »

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

One of the benefits earned by those who serve is the VA Home Loan. The VA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to “help veterans buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for their own personal occupancy.” Navigating the home buying process can be a bit overwhelming, sometimes stressful, and certainly a bit confusing if you don’t have someone guiding you throu... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Do you know who you are standing next to? When I was a young boy, my dad would take me to Fort Richardson in Alaska, where he worked, and introduce me to a number of individuals in uniform. I remember them all – whether it was true or not – as friendly and encouraging. They all had some story that was captivating to an 8-year-old boy who loved playing Army…and it was for that reason – those storie... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Many moons ago when I was in grade school, I remember my passionate 1st grade teacher, Ms. Wells, who — much like a drill sergeant — taught me to read by pure intimidation. The “Dick and Jane” books were cool because of the pictures, but sounding out those words made me sweat — I remember getting stuck on what an “A” was supposed to sound like — “Jane” was a long A, but “Ap... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Marines invade Seattle for Marine Week

Edmonds Military Wire: Marines invade Seattle for Marine Week

Captain Samuel Nicholas, the young man credited with forming the Continental Marines back in 1775, would likely be proud to hear the Marines are invading Seattle this week – after all, what better city to occupy during a week of summer? The invasion started Saturday, July 26, 2014. As confirmed by the Plans and Strategy Branch from Marine Corps Headquarters, “Marines from all over the country will... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Despite the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, a recent article in the Washington Post suggested that “The nation’s leading media outlets may have moved on from covering the many problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Perhaps the media has moved on, but U.S. vets are still following the scandal closely, according to a recent Gallup report. The survey, w... »

Edmonds Military Wire: The Forever Bond of War — ‘Brothers Forever’

Edmonds Military Wire: The Forever Bond of War — ‘Brothers Forever’

For those of us who have experienced boot camp, there is an unspoken appreciation for our brothers and sisters who have also graduated from that experience. While boot camp isn’t overly demanding mentally or physically, it does require one to embrace a new way of thinking – which for many isn’t easy. So, a bond is established almost immediately when we come across someone who has shared that exper... »

Edmonds Military Wire: WSU a top-tier leader in serving veterans online

Edmonds Military Wire: WSU a top-tier leader in serving veterans online

Washington State University’s College of Business was named among the top three in the nation for Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row. When I was made aware of this, I had to do a bit of “investigative reporting.” After all, this is WSU we are talking about, home to the Cougars, the rivals of the UW Huskies – there must be a c... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Acting VA Secretary — VA System ‘unacceptable’

Edmonds Military Wire: Acting VA Secretary — VA System ‘unacceptable’

“No veteran should ever have to wait to receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice. As the President said last week, we must work together to fix the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare. I believe that trust is the foundation for everything we do – VA must be an organization built on transparency and accountability.” According to a June 6, 2014 USA... »

Edmonds Military Wire: VA scandal could reach Puget Sound

Edmonds Military Wire: VA scandal could reach Puget Sound

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, who is also a retired Army General, offered his resignation as a result of the recent audit results and the Arizona scandal that is alleged to have caused at least 40 patient deaths due to delay in care at the VA. President Obama accepted his resignation. Senator Patty Murray, WA State, who has a long history of being an advocat... »

Edmonds Military Wire: How do you honor Memorial Day?

Edmonds Military Wire: How do you honor Memorial Day?

Most Americans know Memorial Day to be a three-day holiday and the “unofficial” kick-off to summer. Often celebrated by family gatherings, barbecues and a sigh of relief that Monday won’t bring a painful commute, Memorial Day for many of those under the age of 40 is often confused with Veterans Day – but the two holidays are distinctly different. The birth of Memorial Day, depending on which histo... »

Edmonds Military Wire: An unforgettable WWII story of survival

Edmonds Military Wire: An unforgettable WWII story of survival

What I’m about to share – the story of Edgar Harrell – could very well change your perspective on life – and certainly the challenges you face. On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, CA-35 Portland class heavy cruiser, and flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance of the Fifth Fleet, had set sail, unescorted, to the island of Tinian, where she was to unload her secret cargo – the atomic bomb th... »

Edmonds Military Wire: When a community rallies, magic happens

Edmonds Military Wire: When a community rallies, magic happens

If you ever saw the movie or TV show “A Team,” Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith would often say, “I love it when a plan comes together” after his team would successfully complete their mission. Most missions seemed practically impossible to pull off, yet, they would pull it together last minute – and walk away victors. Preparing for Operation Fashion Forward, at times, seemed like one of those missio... »

Edmonds Military Wire: May is National Military Appreciation Month

Edmonds Military Wire: May is National Military Appreciation Month

In addition to flowers, May is the month that was designated by Congress, in 1999, as National Military Appreciation Month. The intent of National Military Appreciation Month is to provide the nation an opportunity to publicly show their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by all those who have served and continue to serve. Since 1999, the president has made a proclamation reminding... »

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