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Commentary: Life after combat is mired with unexpected challenges

I have been in the military for 18 years, with three deployments to the Middle East. I was in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91. Then I was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-05 and Operation New Dawn (also in Iraq) in 2010-11. These tours of duty have caused multiple problems in my life – physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. America will always be the place that I love to call home but this country has taken a toll on me and many soldiers like me. Way too many problems for such little pay!

Letter to the editor: Respect, honor first

To the editor: Today my husband and I went to KMart looking for a flag to display for Veteran's Day.... we were told they were on the end caps by the registers.. nowhere to be found replaced with Christmas stockings. My husband finally found an employee that told him per management orders they were placed in the stock room. He found one in the back room for us. What is wrong with this picture?

What's happening from Nov. 11

Nonprofit events calendar from Nov. 11, 2014

Folk duo Friday

LK DUO Small Potatoes returns to the Columbia River Gorge Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th St. Seats at the intimate venue must be reserved, contact widgej@gmail.com, or Dan Ross at Columbia River Music downtown The Dalles.

What it means to thank a vet

Dr. Stone says words have deep meaning

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Editorial: Rally to show support for vets Nov. 11

Every Nov. 11th in The Dalles, there is a Veterans Day parade to honor those who have served in one of America’s wars.

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Danger lurks in the Dawn

When Army Second Lieutenant Kenneth McKenzie stood watch in the jungles of Vietnam, he learned to dread the interval between night and dawn.

Lyle district celebrates with community dinner

The Lyle School District invites the community to an open house and share a free meal Saturday, Nov. 15, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the secondary school cafeteria, 625 Keasey Ave., Lyle, Wash.

Dine out for Hospice Tuesday

The community is invited to dine out in the Columbia River gorge Tuesday, Nov. 11, for the benefit of the Heart of Hospice foundation. The fundraiser is in celebration of National Hospice Month.

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TD honors vets with parade, meals

Dr. Milt Skov and his wife, Shirley, will be grand marshals for the 2014 event

A warm place in trouble

Workers needed to keep homeless shelter open

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Committee thanks vets with short fireworks display

A 10-minute fireworks display will take place at 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, in an effort by the Fort Dalles Fourth of July Committee to raise awareness of veterans and their needs.

What's happening from Nov. 7

Nonprofit events calendar from Nov. 7, 2014.

Help for lower income families

Low income families and individuals are invited to request food and toys from The Dalles Community Christmas Assistance program. Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 7, or 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Salvation Army, 623 E. Third Street.

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Women Learn to Build

Eighteen women turned out for the event in The Dalles. The pink shirts were donated by Sign Age of The Dalles, and coffee was donated by Holstein’s Coffee Co. of The Dalles.

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