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Doug Karr

Petty Officer Second Class, United States Navy Veteran

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12 Simple Ways to Honor Veterans and Active Service Members

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 9/19/2011

It doesn’t matter what you believe or what your political views are, our veterans and active men and women in the service deserve our collective thanks.

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Veterans’ Charities and Organizations: Where to Get Help

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 9/13/2011

American Legion

As the largest veterans organization, the American Legion not only supports veterans but the community. Believing that any great change starts in the neighborhoods of veterans, the American Legion supports veterans and their families, provides academic scholarships and promotes patriotism among the younger population.

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Special Canine Companions Help Veterans Manage PTSD

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/16/2011

For years, highly trained service dogs helped veterans cope with the physical results of war. Guide or helper dogs are a critical part of rehabilitation and daily living for many injured and recovering veterans.

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VA updates information on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/12/2010

The Dept. of Veteran Affairs has released additional information for veterans with Gulf War Illness, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War. For those vets who served but do not yet receive the Gulf War Review newsletter [download it here], here’s some important information:

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VA Adjusts Medical Marijuana Policy

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/9/2010

Veterans being treated with medical marijuana no longer need to worry about being cut from veteran benefit plans. The change comes from a departmental directive from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs stating that veterans prescribed medical marijuana in the 14 states where the practice is legal may not lose eligibility for VA health plans.

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Navy Veteran Passes Away Following Battle with Mesothelioma Cancer

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 3/30/2010

A fellow Navy veteran has died as a result of mesothelioma cancer. Kalamazoo County Commissioner Grady Biby died on February 3rd. He spent twenty years in the Navy.

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Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to Hire Close to 200 New Workers in 2010

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 3/12/2010

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii has announced that is has 175 open positions ranging from apprentice to engineer, and plans to fill all positions by the end of the year. The shipyard already employs close to 5,000 people.

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Like Asbestos, Hexavalent Chromium is a "Ticking Time Bomb" for Veterans

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 2/26/2010

Think of hexavalent chromium and you may recall the movie Erin Brockovich. But the health consequences of exposure to this harmful contaminant are more devastating than anything you have seen in the movies.

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VA: Crews on Several Naval Ships Were Exposed to Agent Orange, Herbicides

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 2/4/2010

The Agent Orange Exposure Compensation & Pension Service has reportedly collected data that confirms exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides on at least sixteen U.S. naval vessels during the Vietnam War.

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A Warm Way to Say Thanks to Our Servicemen and Women

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 12/21/2009

A group known as QUILTS - Quilters United in Learning Together Schenectady – is giving back to our troops this holiday season. QUILTS is participating in the Quilts for Injured Soldiers project this year, a initiative that provides quilts to troops returning from a deployment.

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About Doug

  • 17 Year Navy Veteran
  • Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, Surface Warfare Qualified (1986-1992)
  • Served on The USS Coontz DDG-40 and the USS Spartanburg County LST-1192
  • Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for service in Desert Storm and Desert Shield

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