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Endorsing the Veterans’ Access to Care Act

by Congressman Sam Graves

When Thomas Jefferson wrote our Declaration of Independence he wrote of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He was talking about freedom. We enjoy freedoms in this country that are found nowhere else on earth. It is important to remember that the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy are because of the brave men and women in uniform, who defend it

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Carl Carder Retires from Navy Along with Battalion 15

Farewell shipmate, going ashore

The time orderly was ordered to strike two bells and announce:

“Boatswain, stand by to pipe the side, Shipmate going Ashore, Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

Thus began the time honored tradition of Gallatin resident Carl Carder’s military retirement.

Master Chief (Seabee Combat warfare) Carl A. Carder, United States Naval Reserves, retired after 32 years in the military during a service held July 19 at Camp

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Moving Wall” to Visit Gallatin

The Frank Frazier VFW Post 2172 is sponsoring a visit from “The Moving Wall” at Dockery Park in Gallatin during August 21– 25. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, has been touring the country for almost 30 years.

A few Vietnam veterans who attended the 1982 dedication in Washington felt the positive power of “The Wall” and vowed to share that experience with those who

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Cardboard Boat Race Raises Money for Wounded Warriors

by Troy Lesan

Could this be the beginning of a tradition? That is the hope of many of the attendees of the first annual Lake Viking Cardboard Boat Race on July 26, at the Lake Viking Marine. One of the enthusiastic participants, Fox 4 news personality Nick Vasos, loved it. “This is a gas; I’ve really had a lot of fun,” he said. He enjoyed it so much that he

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Lake Viking Marine Hosts Charity Event

To benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation

Lake Viking Marine will host the first annual Lake Viking Marine Cardboard Boat Race; 5K Run/Walk; and Bike Race/Ride on Saturday, July 26. All proceeds will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

A few pieces of cardboard, some duct tape, a little paint — that’s all you need to build a boat — well, only if it’s meant to sink!

“If somebody makes

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The Moving Wall, Volunteers Needed

The Gallatin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2172 are seeking volunteers to work four-hour shifts during the time frame the Vietnam Wall is in Gallatin, Aug. 21-25 at Dockery Park. These volunteer jobs are for locator and escort positions. Points of contact are Debbie 660-663-9367 and Rachel 660-605-3152. All help will be greatly appreciated.

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VFW Post 2172 Earns “All State” Status

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2172 of Gallatin achieved another milestone by obtaining “All State” status—for the fourth consecutive year. Post Commander Ray Clevenger signaled his pride in Post 2172 earning the coveted status, stating that to qualify for “All State” recognition the post first had to maintain or exceed 100% of the prior year’s membership.

Bob O’Dell, Commander of VFW Missouri District 1, presents Post 2172 with the official

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The Lesson Congress Should Learn from the VA Scandal

by Lee H. Hamilton

Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put aside when the heat dies down, or the target agency gets more money thrown at the problem.

With the

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Bruce Bridgman Sees World During Stint in Navy

Fishing for salmon in Alaska, fishing for Gemini 6 after splashdown

by Denise Felderman

“When they talk about seeing the world while you’re in the Navy – I did just that,” said Bruce Bridgman, US Navy, Sept. 15, 1965 to Sept. 16, 1969.

Bruce was temporarily assigned to the USS Forest Sherman. Launched in 1955, the USS Forest Sherman was the lead ship of her class of destroyer of the

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