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Returning Veterans Face New Fight, Need Support

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Thanks to the outpouring of support from the American people, deployed troops who need a morale boost can usually find one in a care package from a patriotic American.

For some veterans returning home after deployment, there is no family support to assist them as they transition to civilian life. Members of the Adopt a Veteran team provide moral support and small gifts for returning heroes.

The Adopt

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‘Operation Hugs from Home’ Features Over 45 Quilts

 

 

Gallatin LDS church members finished over 45 quilts and shipped them to the troops in Afghanistan this fall. A reception to display the quilts for “Operation Hugs From Home” was held Nov. 9 at the church. People were invited to write notes to the service men and women to include in the boxes. [Submitted Photo]

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Patriots Memorial Honors National Guard

On Nov. 7 in Washington D.C., several fallen veterans were inducted into the Defense Intelligence Agency Patriots Memorial. Among them were Sgt. Donald Clary and Sgt. Clint Wisdom of the Kansas National Guard. These men were part of security for a group of high level army officers who were on a dangerous mission. Clary and Wisdom lost their lives when they intercepted a vehicle containing a suicide bomber that was

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Winston Students Honor Veterans During Assembly

 

Winston R-6 held a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 8. “It was great to have each of the veterans here so we could honor them for their service to our country,” said Superintendent Brian Robinson. Pictured are members of  VFW Frank Frazier Post 2172, Victor Dill, Jack Parker, Larry Barnes and Carl Carder. The veterans conducted a flag folding ceremony during the assembly. [Submitted Photo]

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Veterans Hosted for Breakfast at Corner Cafe

 

A veterans breakfast was held at the Corner Cafe in Gallatin Monday morning, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Veterans and guests enjoyed the meal sponsored by Gallatin VFW, Frank Frazier Post 2172. [Submitted Photo]

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CDSE Presents ‘Best’ Patriotic Assembly

Covel D. Searcy Elementary presented a patriotic assembly, hosted by the sixth grade, on Friday, Nov. 8, in the school gymnasium. Sheryl Warren, vocal instructor at Gallatin schools, directed the program. Frank Frazier VFW Commander Ray Clevenger described the program as “the most patriotic assembly presented since I have been commander.”

 

The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders were accompanied by the rest of the elementary school as they sang

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Ray Clevenger, Air Traffic Controller in Vietnam

All of the soldiers working in the control tower in the air traffic control facility for the airfield at the Tay Ninh Base Camp in Vietnam had nicknames given to them by the pilots. One was called “Sod Buster” and another was called “Stump Jumper.”

But Ray Clevenger will never give up his nickname.

“It’s a secret between me and my army buddies,” he said. “All I’ll tell you is

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Working Hands — The Human Dimension of the Battlefield

by Air Force Master Sergeant Leslie VanBelkum

Sergeant Leslie J. VanBelkum, once a schoolboy in Gallatin, has an extensive operational background that extends well beyond the Air Force. He has eight deployments including humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions and Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which VanBelkum led a personal security detachment for Multinational Forces- Iraq J2 in Baghdad.

The best friends you will ever have are the ones who have fought and

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Veterans Day Assembly at Winston

Winston School’s Veterans Day Assembly will be starting at 2:30 on Monday, Nov. 11, in the gym. All veterans are invited to attend the assembly and reception to follow.

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