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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Tap handles for the new Fidelis Beer Company, founded by Marine Capt. Brian Magee. Photo courtesy Capt. Brian Magee

    Marine beer maker recreates authentic Tun Tavern ale

    Almost 239 years old, and still hoppy and refreshing.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  6. The Three-Pass Blast is a favorite biker route in Washington state. Courtesy of Jason Sammis

    Motorcycle dream rides: Find one near you

    Motorcycles and the open road go together like summertime and four-day passes — or better yet, block leave. Put them together and you've got a dream road trip begging for you to tank up and get going.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  7. Hundreds of thousands of bikers descend on downtown Sturgis, S.D., each August for the annual Sturgis Rally gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. This year's rally is scheduled for Aug. 5-11, and anyone can attend. Steve McEnroe/ / The Associated Press

    Military biker clubs: brotherhood & mentorship

    Back in the late 1990s, Adam F. Buehler figured there had to be an alternative to the off-base biker clubs — some questionable — for military riders to gather for road trips, share tips and provide a voice to help local commanders shape regs for the road.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  8. Westmacott

    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  9. Dogtopia, a canine day care with locations in 29 states, will host its tenth charity dog wash — this year, raising funds for Paws With A Cause, an organization that provides service dogs to veterans and others with disabilities. The company is hoping to raise $36,000, enough to put three puppies through assistance dog training. Courtesy photo

    Dog washes to benefit wounded troops

    Looking for something to do this weekend with your canine companion? Take a bath. Or at least, take your dog for a soaping and help an injured service member to boot.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  10. The Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team flies in formation during SkyFest 2014 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., on May 31. Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Air Force

    Defense cuts crimping air shows and other community events

    Everyone in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is still buzzing about the Navy Blue Angels' performance at the big air show June 1.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  11. The 101-year-old two-masted schooner Adventuress offers cruises ranging from three hours to several days. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Sailing through history: Tall ship Adventuress lives up to its name

    If standing under the taut sail of a tall ship at sea isn't already on your bucket list, you should seriously consider adding it. It's a rush like no other.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  12. A family enjoys a breathtaking view from the bow of the Adventuress as the tall ship plys Washington's Puget Sound in much same way as when it first set sail more than 100 years ago. JON ANDERSON/Staff

    Spice up your next getaway on a classic ship cruise

    From World War II PT boats to tall-masted sleep-aboard vessels from the Age of Sail, historic ships aren't just relegated to dusty textbooks.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  13. From left, the Berkley Deluxe, Mister Twister Piranah, Rapala Heavy Duty and Mister Twister Electric Fisherman. Top, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Dave White test the knives. Photos by Ken Perrotte

    Fillet knife face-off: How 4 electric models compared

    You stare into the sink, filled two-thirds with fish, and wonder, 'What was I thinking?'

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  14. R. Lee Ermey hosts Sportman Channel's new series 'Saving Private K-9.' Sportsman Channel

    Iconic 'Devil Dog' R. Lee Ermey hosts new military working dog reality show

    Long before his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' R. Lee Ermey was just another farm kid in Kansas doing chores with his dog.

    • May. 15, 2014
  15. Mission Family: Résumé tool helps spouses highlight experience

    With the military's heavy moving season upon us, the thoughts of many spouses often turn to résumé writing.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  16. Tricare Help: It will cover some co-pays for other insurance

    Q. I'm a retiree who is eligible for Tricare but has other health insurance, to which Tricare acts as second payer.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  17. Kevlar for the Mind: 'Disorder' is proper label for post-traumatic stress

    In the brewing battle over the issue of changing the term 'post-traumatic stress disorder' to simply 'post-traumatic stress,' the opposing forces are powerful and convincing in their own rights.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  18. Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Monhoff scans a southern Georgia peanut field for feral hogs. Ken Perrotte

    Stalking hogs: Army vets take tactical solutions to pesky porkers

    Thick Georgia mud, courtesy of heavy rains earlier in the day, squishes and slurps against our boots as we move single-file through the night.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  19. Marine. Lt. Col. Bill Conner completes the Antarctica Marathon

    A year's delay, an early-race pulled muscle and a lot of mud didn't stop a boots-and-utilities-clad Lt. Col. Bill Conner from finally finishing the Antarctica Marathon earlier this month.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  20. Mission Family: Move your career along with Military OneSource tool

    Peak moving season is approaching. If you know you'll soon be searching for a new job, starting a career, changing careers — or are thinking about those possibilities — check out the Military OneSource Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  21. A Marine attempts to text while driving in a simulator. A USAA survey shows that 51 percent of officers polled admitted to reading and sending text messages while driving. That compares with 41 percent of enlisted troops who say they're driving under the influence of text messages. Lance Cpl. Melissa Eschenbrenner / Marine Corps

    Officers are more likely to text while driving

    Your commander may be worse than a typical teenager when it comes to texting and driving.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  22. Cliff Leonard, a sculptor and Vietnam veteran, makes life-sized busts of fallen Marines and Navy corpsmen from his home state of Florida. He also sculpts fallen Marines from his old unit, like Cpl. Nicholas Uzenski. Leonard said it takes about two months to create a life-sized bust of a Marine or Navy corpsman. Holly Clarke Gardner

    Meet a Marine Vietnam veteran who creates busts of fallen warriors

    A former lance corporal who served in Vietnam is using his artistic skills to honor Marines and Navy corpsmen who've been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    • Jan. 27, 2014

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