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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Announces Dumfries Residents as 2017 Fellows

Provided by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation The Elizabeth Dole Foundation today announced its 2017 class of Dole Caregiver Fellows – 31 military and veteran caregivers who have been carefully selected from across the country to represent the Foundation including Betsy Eves and Jacqueline Goodrich of Dumfries. As military/veteran caregivers, Eves and Goodrich will represent the state of Virginia from 2017-2019. Leaders …

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Comstock Votes To More Effectively Help Veterans

Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after the House passed the WINGMAN Act, bipartisan veterans legislation of which she was an original cosponsor: “In an effort to enhance our ability to help our veterans, I became an original cosponsor of the WINGMAN Act, legislation that allows our District office staff to directly …

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A Veteran’s Best Friend

By Joe Lowe On a dark February morning in 2004, Christopher Baity was beginning work at Quantico Marine Base when the provost marshal, the base’s head of police, unexpectedly approached him. Baity, who was then working as a Marine Corps kennel master, took a breath as the purpose of the visit became clear; the provost marshal wanted to know if …

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House Passes Defense Bill with Comstock–Heller Service Member Job Training Amendment

Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) released the following statement after the House passed a conference report to accompany S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 375-34.  The legislation included two of the Congresswoman’s amendments including one that she worked on with …

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Semper K9 & American Humane Team up with the New York Giants to Surprise Army Veteran with a Service Dog

Provided by Semper K9 Assistance Dogs | Photo by Mike Stobe Woodbridge, VA- Semper K9 Assistance Dogs recently presented a Northern Virginia combat veteran with a service dog at the NY Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles game with American Humane and the United War Veterans Council. Levi, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever is the first community rescue accepted into Semper K9’s service dog …

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Manassas native works with Navy’s Newest Surveillance Aircraft

Provided by Navy Office of Community Outreach A 2006 Osborn Park High School graduate and Manassas native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120). Lt. Eric Valdez works with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Squadron, also known as “Greyhawks”, operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. He is responsible for the instructing naval flight officers to …

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Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division to mobilize on federal active duty

Provided by Virginia National Guard More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division are mobilizing for federal active duty in the Middle East and will conduct a departure ceremony at 11:00 a. m. on Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The 29th ID is mobilizing to provide mission command for more than 18,000 United …

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Woodbridge Sailor serves in Mediterranean Sea aboard USS Ross

Provided by Navy Office of Community Outreach Seaman Brian Montalvo from Woodbridge gives the signal to heave around as USS Ross (DDG 71) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the French replenishment ship FS Marne (A 630) Oct. 16, 2016. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is providing multi-warfare defense support to Charles de Gaulle carrier-based operations in the Eastern Mediterranean against identified …

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Woodbridge Sailor serves in South China Sea aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

Provided by U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach Seaman Cody Williams, from Woodbridge, and Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit heave a line in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the South China Sea in support of security …

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Comstock Votes To Override President Obama’s Veto Of The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after the House overrode President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA): “President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was soundly defeated today by both the House and Senate. Now, victims of terrorist attacks and their families …

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