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Looking for members of the 16th Engineering Battalion.

A HeroBracelet reader, Brenda Sasser is looking for members of the 16th Engineering Battalion that served in Ramadi, Iraq between 2005 and 2008. If you were in that Battalion. She's wanting to organize a memorial. Here's her note... "how do i find out of anyone on the page was apart of the 16 eng baltalian (sp) in 2005-2008 in Ramadi Iraq because i need to speek to them and its yeah please message me back because i would love to know. Well my fiance was in ramadi iraq in 2005-2007 with the 16...

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Cinnabon Partners with Operation Gratitude to Send "Hugs from Home" Holiday Care Packages to Troops!

More than 150,000 troops will be deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season. In thanks for their service, Cinnabon is raising money for Operation Gratitude to send "Hugs from Home" care packages to our nation's heroes. From October 1 through 31, Guests can support Operation Gratitude by making donations at participating Cinnabon bakeries. For every $1.00 they contribute, Guests will receive a $1.00 "Cinnabuck" valid on their next visit. Individuals can also use the Twitter hashtag #...

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My Hero. CPL Steven R. Koch.

I did not personally know Steven but I know his mother. His story is like so many others but unlike them at the same time. On September 11, 2001 he watched in horror with the rest of the world as the towers fell, his brother worked near the towers. He was relieved to find out that his brother was just fine. He made a promise to join the US Army and kept his word, he joined and became a paratrooper. He served with the 82nd Airborne and was sent to Afghanistan. Seven years after 9/11 his family...

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‘Ready First’ holds farewell ceremony for TF Marne CSM

‘Ready First’ holds farewell ceremony for TF Marne CSM Photos and Article by Spc. Jessica Luhrs 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq— The leadership of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, “Ready First” 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas, said farewell to the Task Force Marne Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews; during a ceremony held on Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Ira...

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Gaining relationships through the job

Gaining relationships through the job Story and photos by Spc. Cassandra Monroe, 135th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq –   As a journalist, being an outsider is something I am used to. However, I’m never one too long. As a journalist, you must be able to quickly get to know your interviewee, most often without a prior relationship. You must be able to put strangers at ease, sometimes before a single question escapes your mouth, gain the trust of your...

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3rd ID fulfills obligations.

3rd ID fulfills obligations, pays claims for land used at FOB Paliwoda By Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, Task Force Marne PAO Joint Base Balad, Iraq – Iraqi citizens who own the land on Forward Operating Base Paliwoda were compensated for the use of their land during a claims payment mission held at Joint Base Balad, Sept. 19-21. U.S. forces use of private land throughout Iraq was vital to strategic interests during the war.  However, the land was not just taken from the country and the Iraqi citizen...

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Musicians revisit COB Speicher

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Hammer of the Broads, an all-female tribute to Led Zeppelin, sent a special message to the troops of Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, hours before they performed at the Main Gym, Sept. 8. “Take care of yourself, get the job done, and come back safe,” said Dyna Shirasaki, the lead singer who emulates Zeppelin’s singer, Plant. The Los Angeles based group began the second stop of their tour with a meet and greet at the Division Main Headquart...

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Sgt. Cadavius Summerall Home Town News Release

Contingency Operating Site Marez – Service to country is a value that Sgt. Cadavius Summerall, a gunner for Task Force Marne Deputy Commanding General Support, Brig. Gen. Tom Vandal’s personal security detail, holds as a top priority. The events of 9/11 prompted Sgt. Summerall to take an interest in becoming a military member. “9/11 triggered something in me. I wanted to do something to serve my country and that day made me realize how important fighting for freedom is,” said Sgt. Summerall, ...

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VA Publishes Final Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

VA Publishes Final Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange VA Health Care and Benefits Provided for Many Vietnam Veterans WASHINGTON – Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Vietnam and other areas will have an easier path to access quality health care and qualify for disability pay under a final regulation published today in the Federal Register by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The new rule expands the list of health problems VA will presume to be related to Ag...

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New Regulations on PTSD Claims

On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is scheduled to publish a final regulation that will make access to care and the claims process easier for Veterans seeking compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The rule reduces the evidence needed if the PTSD stressor claimed by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity and is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran’s service. PTSD is a recognized an...

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