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Operation Military Family founder to hold book signing event in Edmonds May 3

Operation Military Family founder to hold book signing event in Edmonds May 3

The Edmonds Bookshop will host a book signing by Michael Schindler, author of the critically acclaimed “Operation Military Family” and a weekly columnist for My Edmonds News, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 3 in downtown Edmonds. The success of Schindler’s book inspired the Navy veteran to launch the company Operation Military Family and its non-profit branch, OMF Cares, to better suppo... »

Edmonds fashion show to benefit military families

Edmonds fashion show to benefit military families

Circle Thursday, May 8 on your calendar for Operation Fashion Forward — a charity fashion show at the Edmonds Yacht Club aimed at celebrating and supporting military families. The show, which runs from 2-4 p.m.,  is sponsored by C’est la Vie boutique and Operation Military Family Cares. Participants will enjoy food and beverages from Edmonds’ finest restaurants, while local military spouses ... »

Reminder: Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares to host open house Wednesday

Reminder: Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares to host open house Wednesday

If you have ever wondered what happens behind those locked doors at Operation Military Family, now is your chance to find out. On Wednesday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m. Operation Military Family Cares– the non-profit, 501 (c) 3 side of the organization — and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Open House at the OMF Headquarters location: 155 3rd Ave. S., Edmonds. Light food a... »

Edmonds Community College Foundation embarks on Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign

Edmonds Community College Foundation embarks on Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign

Strom Peterson and Maria Montalvo are among the major donors for Edmonds Community College Foundations’s Boots to Books and Beyond fundraising campaign. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College) The Edmonds Community College Foundation has embarked on a $1 million campaign to support student veterans, ensuring a supportive path from military service to Edmonds Community College. Boots to Books... »

Edmonds Community College celebrates opening of Veterans Resource Center

Edmonds Community College celebrates opening of Veterans Resource Center

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith (center in red) helps cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of Edmonds Community College’s new Veterans Resource Center Friday in Lynnwood Hall. Veterans coming to Edmonds Community College often are looking for guidance, support and someone to lend a helping hand. Thanks to the generous support of the community, former military personnel can find all of these services ... »

Scene in Edmonds: USS Nimitz on its way home

Scene in Edmonds: USS Nimitz on its way home

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Veterans attend Operation Career Boost at Fire District 1

Veterans attend Operation Career Boost at Fire District 1

More than 40 veterans recently turned out to learn how to make the transition from the military to a career in emergency service at a free workshop at Snohomish County Fire District 1 Headquarters. Operation Career Boost was presented by Fire District 1 and Operation Military Family, an Edmonds-based firm that provides services to assist with the military-to-civilian transition process. “We ... »

Edmonds Cemetery to offer military funeral honors monthly, starting Nov. 26

Edmonds Cemetery to offer military funeral honors monthly, starting Nov. 26

Starting next Tuesday, Nov. 26, military funeral honors will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at the Edmonds Cemetery, located at 820 15th St. SW. The ceremony will be performed at 10 a.m. These honors are available to surviving family members of deceased veterans who, at the time of their death, were not afforded such a ceremony. Working with the 81st Brigade Special Forces Troops Brigad... »

VFW Post to provide military funeral honors for local veterans

VFW Post to provide military funeral honors for local veterans

For the past three years, a group of veterans have been providing military funeral honors to deceased veterans who at the time of their death had not received such recognition. Providing this ceremony is the final demonstration of respect our nation can provide to family members of our veterans. Every veteran who has worn the uniform of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard has ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Government shutdown impacts military pay

Edmonds Military Wire: Government shutdown impacts military pay

The Department of Defense recently recalled approximately 350,000 federal employees back to the Pentagon in order for it to reduce the impact caused by the government shutdown. This recall is taking place while private contractors such Lockheed Martin is furloughing some 3000 employees due to projects being stalled as a result of the shutdown. According to the Department of Defense, the Pentagon l... »

Retired Marine Corps commander joins Operation Military Family advisory board

Retired Marine Corps commander joins Operation Military Family advisory board

Edmonds-based Operation Military Family (OMF) announced that General Charles “Chuck” C. Krulak, retired Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined the organization’s advisory board. According to an OMF news release, Krulak “will provide invaluable expertise and insight into service member and military family transition iss... »

Health reform update: Introducing health care like you’ve never seen before

Health reform update: Introducing health care like you’ve never seen before

With Obamacare just around the corner, Americans are about to go through what has been called the largest reform of our medical system since the implementation of Medicare. Yet according to a recent study, as of April, only 42 percent of Americans realized that the Affordable Care Act was actually law. In March 2010, health care reform was signed into law and incremental changes have been taking p... »

U.S. Army recognizes Edmonds veteran, artist Mike Reagan

U.S. Army recognizes Edmonds veteran, artist Mike Reagan

On Friday, Aug.16, the Army’s 3D Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion observed its return from Afghanistan with a traditional homecoming banquet. The mission of the Battalion, which is based at Fort Lewis, is to disarm conventional and unconventional (biological, chemical and improvised) explosive devices. Obviously, this is extremely dangerous work, and the Battalion suffered numerous casu... »

Aug. 27 ceremony to provide military honors for deceased veterans

On Aug. 27, the Washington State National Guard Funeral Honors Team will conduct a ceremony at Edmonds Cemetery to provide Burial Honors for deceased veterans who at the time of their death did not receive them. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the cemetery, located at 820 15th St. S.W., and will include a flag-folding ceremony and the playing of Taps.The flag is presented to surviving family... »

Operation One Roof to hold home-buying class for veterans Aug. 29

Operation One Roof to hold home-buying class for veterans Aug. 29

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Operation One Roof will hold a home-buying class taught by veterans, for veterans. The class will run from 6-7 p.m. at Champions Real Estate. Included in the class are subjects such as accessing your VA benefits, exploring deep discounts in lending fees and title closing fees, finding the right realtor, credit repair and rental home options. A portion of the proceeds from eve... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Career transition — attend Operation Career Boost

Edmonds Military Wire: Career transition — attend Operation Career Boost

In today’s job market, first impressions are critical: How you look and how you share your talent, skills and abilities will often make or break you in today’s competitive environment. Operation Career Boost is a one-day workshop for transitioning or recently transitioned servicemembers on how to gain the competitive advantage in landing your next career. Taught by management from top ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Department of Veterans Affairs makes ‘Most Wired’ list

Edmonds Military Wire: Department of Veterans Affairs makes ‘Most Wired’ list

This news hot off the press :“The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), is the result of a national su... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State leads nation with Military Transition Council

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State leads nation with Military Transition Council

Successful transition back to civilian life after serving on active duty has been a hot topic back in Washington, D.C. and throughout many parts of the country. Unfortunately, most of those back in D.C. who are responsible for ensuring success in this area have sat around long tables “talking” about the right steps instead of deploying the right steps. The result of inaction continues to lend supp... »

Reminder: Military kids swim for free at Edmonds Yost Pool this summer

A reminder that local military youth have the opportunity to swim for free at Edmonds’ Yost Park Pool, thanks to a partnership between Operation Military Family’s non-profit branch, OMF Cares, Swedish/Edmonds medical center and the Verdant Health Commission. Each organization is donating $1,000 to purchase 11-punch summer swim passes for area military youth (ages 17 and under) to be used at Yost P... »

Edmonds Military Wire: VA made easy — only 18 agencies and 613 forms

Edmonds Military Wire: VA made easy — only 18 agencies and 613 forms

Once a service member transitions he or she takes on a new mission: a mission to obtain benefits and services. In order to do so, a new study revealed that veterans today are likely to have to navigate as many as 613 forms across 18 agencies in order to complete their mission. And when they do “complete” the mission, they can wait more than 100 days to receive any sort of benefit. The study by the... »

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