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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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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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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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DoD, VA Plan to Streamline Veteran Healthcare Process

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 10/31/2009

After Robert Gates, Department of Defense Secretary, finished his unprecedented speech on Monday, it was clear that change was going to happen for the better. His plans focused on alleviating “frustrating, adversarial and unnecessarily complex” paperwork that injured or traumatized veterans undergo throughout their treatment protocol.

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How Do Navy Ships Get Their Names?

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 10/20/2009

Good question. I consulted the Naval Historical Center website for the answer.

As you know, the 234th birthday of the United States Navy was last week, on October 13th. Way back then, the ships of the Continental Navy were not given names with any real significance – ship names came from all kinds of sources. For example, the very first Continental Navy ship was named Alfred, in honor of the King of Wessex, Alfred the Great, who reportedly commissioned the first naval force in England [remember, at this point, the colonists still felt some allegiance to Britain, so this name choice made sense].

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