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(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn’t mean she can’t pursue a degree at the same time.
As the United States’ longest running conflict – the Afghanistan War – draws to a close, the demand for medical, social, financial, educational and other services for veterans is increasing dramatically.
As I read The Explorer this week, I was moved and saddened by the letter from Mr. Ely. You see, I was one of the haters. I was taught that gays are an abomination to God and that they were going to hell, that they chose a lifestyle that defies nature and is not normal, therefore did not deserve common decency, respect or civility that everyone else deserved. They sure were not allowed to enjoy the benefits of “normal” people; including drunk, drug addicted, abusive or neglectful parents and married couples.
1. Towns struggle with record freeze
The true diehard fans of the hit series “Breaking Bad” may recognize a familiar face when tuning in to reruns of America’s favorite epic. This is because Tucson actor, Lou Pimber, makes an appearance in a reoccurring role, playing a member of a cartel hit squad that called for him to share camera time with stars Brian Cranston, Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito.
Oro Valley resident and Four-Star General John Wickham recalls returning home from the Vietnam War after being almost mortally wounded during combat. A well-dressed, middle-aged woman walked up to him at Grand Central Station. She didn’t shake his hand or offer a thank you. Instead, she spit in his face and called him, as he puts it, “some of the foulest names you can imagine.” That was the mentality of many American citizens toward soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Rhiannon Miller, the daughter of military veterans, was watching her mother happily play with one of her Borzois when she came upon an idea to train psychiatric service dogs for veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The national Veterans and Military Families for Progress organization announced today it is endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 in recognition of her support of veteran, active duty, guard, reserve, and military family issues.
ALOHA is important
He has been assaulted, had a cup of urine thrown at him, had drivers try and hit him, been flashed by a car full of girls and even shot at, all while simply jogging to release stress and gain the health benefits that come along with exercise.
Veterans are honored every year on Nov. 11 for their service, but for 365 days a year there are services available to help these designated heroes get past the death and destruction they witnessed during war.
For ghostwriter Allen Kates, the process of writing a book for someone revolves around getting out of the way of the story and allowing the subject's true voice to come through.
From a home office in Oro Valley, the counselor treats patients, and waits for the mental health community to recognize what she see as a revolutionary therapy capable of curing nearly any ailment.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Stafford offers a therapeutic method called Emotional Freedom Technique. She hopes to treat enough veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to write a study of the treatment for an academic journal.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer,Oro Valley therapist Mary Stafford demonstrates the "tapping" method of Emotional Freedom Technique, a counseling process that incorporates acupressure points with standard psychiatric practices.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer,This diagram shows the pressure points patients tap on while undergoing Emotional Freedom Technique therapy.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer,Mary Stafford sits behind a teddy bear that displays acupressure points used in a therapeutic method she practices called Emotional Freedom Technique.
We have a long list of holidays in the United States, so many in fact that over the years people have come to consider the majority of them simply another day of the week and often confuse their true meaning. The most commonly misunderstood holidays are Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
August 16, 2006 - Some nights, as the security guard wanders the more dimly lit passages of La Encantada Shopping Center, she backs against a wall before rounding a corner.