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Surprise Military Family Welcome Home [Video]

I never tire of seeing one of our own, in uniform, making a surprise return from deployment.

I was able to surprise loved ones twice when I returned unexpectedly from an overseas assignment:  one was at my sister's rehearsal dinner party for her wedding (both my mom and my sister were in tears, it was great!!); and the other time? 

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Care Package Drive For Our Veterans

The Patriot Guard Riders are currently accepting donations for a Care Package Drive; they will be putting together care packages to be delivered to local veterans in the nursing homes in and around Acadiana.

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Jeep Is Back In The Military World!

It has been said, and printed, that it was the JEEP that won WWII.  We know that it was a combination of things that actually won the war, and that if any one of those things were missing, we might not have won the war.  But, nonetheless, the JEEP played an integral part in victory.

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22-Year-Old Man Becomes First Paraplegic to Graduate from US Naval Academy

Kevin Hillery, a 22-year-old man who was paralyzed last year after a tree fell on him, made history yesterday when he became the first-ever paraplegic to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. Way to go, Kevin!

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Memorial Day: Not What It Used To Be

Memorial Day in America has changed through the years.

As I sit here this morning (Monday, May 28, 2012, 7:12am), I think about how and why Memorial Day has changed through the years. 

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Hibiscus Show Pays Tribute to Acadiana Military

Do you know when to fertilize a potted hibiscus? Do you know how much to water it? Whether you have a green thumb or not, the Acadiana Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society invites everyone to their annual show and sale on May 20, 2012 at the Cathedral Carmel School Gym. They also encourage all military personnel (active or inactive) to come to the show with their military ID and receive a free plant as a way to say thank you for their service.

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Surprise Military Homecomings [VIDEO]

After a wonderful day with Mom, I thought I'd share this video of surprise military homecomings.  Let's remember the men and women who couldn't be with their Mothers today and children who were without Mommy or Daddy.

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Ceremony Honored New Recruits In Lafayette

The Inaugural High School Senior Enlistee Recognition Ceremony to honor military recruits was held Saturday at the Petroleum Club, sponsored by the Our Community Salutes organization of Acadiana.

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Former Navy SEAL Honors Fallen Comrade With Touching Gesture

In one of the most poignant ways of honoring a fallen comrade we’ve ever seen, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recently went to a Newtown, CT, pub and offered to pay the owner enough money to buy a random person a pint of Guinness every hour for the entire day.

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Governor Chris Christie Orders Flags To Half Staff For Whitney Houston’s Funeral

This one seems to be, in my head, cut-and-dry:  Lowering the flags for non-military and non-heads-of-state is in poor taste, verging on insulting.

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Buy a Member of the U.S. Military a Cup of Coffee with Cup of Joe for a Joe

If you watch  'Army Wives,' premiering March 4 on Lifetime,  you've seen the wives having coffee in a Green Beans Coffee House. The company has a program called Cup Of Joe For A Joe which lets you say thanks to our Troops through the simple act of buying a cup of freshly brewed coffee, writing a personal letter of encouragement to go with it and having both delivered into the hands of a Soldier, Sailo

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Adorable Shreveport Airman Invites Tim Tebow to Military Ball [VIDEO]

Adorable Airman Jamie Walden, stationed at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana, has invited Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow to be her date to her first Military Ball.

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