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  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the number 88 National Guard Chevy, and Mark Martin, in the number eight Army car, battle for position on the front stretch of Texas Motor Speedway. Lt. Col. William D. Thurmond/Army

    National Guard ends team-up with Earnhardt Jr.

    The Army National Guard is ending its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Indy Racing League driver Graham Rahal, the component announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  2. The top lawyer for USA Discounters, which has outlets near the nation's 11 largest military installations, is a retired senior Navy officer. Mike Morones/Staff

    Retired Navy officer helps run company that targets troops with bad credit

    USA Discounters knows a lot about the military.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  3. Capt. Justin Fitch, diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, devotes much of his time and energy raising money to combat veteran suicides. David Kamm/Army

    Captain with terminal cancer has one 'final mission' help vets

    An active-duty Army officer stricken with terminal cancer is fighting for his life and the lives of others. Capt. Justin Fitch said he wants to use his last days to reverse the epidemic of veteran suicide.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Kevlar for the Mind: Sleeping well without medication 10 simple tips

    A. A common practice among doctors is to give a pill to a service member suffering from insomnia.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Lava spews from a crater of the giant Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily in 2012. Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images

    For a hot vacation, visit a volcano near you

    When Marine Maj. Vince Coglianese was getting ready to leave his assignment in Hawaii, he and his wife, Mary, wanted to take their three boys on a trip they'd remember before packing up and moving to their new duty station in Florida.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Kevin Ryan, a former infantry officer, takes a look at the clarity of the mash as his Service Brewing Co. brewery crafts one of its first batches of Compass Rose IPA. Corey Dickstein/Savannah Morning News

    Ex-grunt's brewery to tap in to good cause

    A former Army officer who has launched a microbrewery knows that everyone will raise a glass to help support a veteran-owned business that gives a portion of its proceeds to charities backing military members, policemen and firefighters.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
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    Denise Hunter's career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has taken her from a food-service job in Germany to working side by side with CEO Tom Shull. Courtesy of AAFES

    Military spouses move up while constantly moving

    Denise Hunter began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1987 as a food service worker at an AAFES-owned Baskin-Robbins concession in Katterbach, Germany.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  4. Volunteers award runners finishers medals at the finish line during the 3rd annual Bagram Marathon here Sept. 15, 2013. More than 700 people participated in either the full-marathon or the half-marathon. The Bagram Marathon is an extension of the Air Force Marathon held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)

    Shadow runs let deployed service members participate in stateside races

    Shadow runs are as much about connecting troops to those back home as they are about racing in the sandbox.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  5. The back exterior of Blum's Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich, is visible. Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans. Mike Householder / AP

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and 'take care of my guys.'

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  6. Mission Family: Protect your job while being a caregiver

    If you're a caregiver for a wounded, ill or injured service member, you should be aware of a growing issue: family responsibility discrimination in the workplace.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. Kevlar for the Mind: Simple steps to help TBI recovery

    One of the so-called 'signature injuries' of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is traumatic brain injury. Most brain injuries are mild and are generally called concussions.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy Costello, center, who lost his right leg while stationed in Afghanistan, helps transplant coral Monday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. Costello is one of a dozen wounded veterans in the Keys helping transplant corals on a special section of the reef, permitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, and set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. AP via Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau

    Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys

    A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  9. Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Army veteran Wayne Walden demonstrates exercises at his home in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Gannett Government Media

    Military Muscle: 5 drills for a stronger back

    Here are some exercises that can be worked in both the strengthening phase as well as a treatment phase for people with back pain.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. The Jack Daniels' Lounge opens Friday at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Monica Wood/Fort Sill MWR

    Jack Daniel's lounge opens Friday on Army base

    A handful of Jack Daniel's-branded gathering places draw whiskey drinkers and other patrons in sports arenas, stadiums like Wrigley Field, even in Dubai International Airport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

    Newsflash: It's hot. Summer's scorching weather may have you longing for last winter's polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  13. Pfc. Paul Ieti, with A Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, poses with fans at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He'll sing on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' tonight. Submitted photo via Army

    Pfc. performs on 'America's Got Talent' tonight

    Pfc. Paul Ieti's performance in the first round of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' earned a standing ovation and hugs from three of the show's four celebrity judges a supermodel, a Spice Girl and Howard Stern.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  14. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  15. 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

    Whether you're tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  16. Marine Capt. Christopher Hall and Cub Scout Brayden Scott tag one of what will eventually be 620,000 ceremonial trees, each commemorating a Civil War soldier who fell in battle. Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

    620,000 trees to honor fallen Civil War soldiers

    Visitors along the scenic byway between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin to notice clusters of trees lining the route.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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    Mission Family: Meeting loved ones at airport gate

    A decade after the Transportation Security Administration adopted a policy allowing airlines to issue gate passes to family members of troops arriving or departing for deployment, it's not always a clear-cut or easy process.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  17. Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

    On Monday, 27-year old Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu will start the Badwater Ultramarathon, which has a new route this year.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  18. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Steven Holden hopes to host his own hunting show, but first he needs to win the Discovery network's new reality show, 'The Calling.' Courtesy of 'The Calling'

    1st sgt. gets shot at TV fame on hunting reality show

    If you're a fan of hunting shows, maybe you've imagined what it would be like to host one.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
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    7 new & upcoming book titles

    From a novel and a book of poetry to memoirs and nonfiction narratives, your guide to works that take you from Bala Murghab to the Moon and aboard Marine One:

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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