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It was just two days before Christmas when Navy corpsman Frank Kmetz was out on a routine patrol in Vietnam — until he was sent flying through the air by a mine explosion.

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Jim Huffman resides on Lake Murray and has lived in South Carolina his entire life. He was drafted in the US Army for the Vietnam War immediately after graduating high school. He attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, and five months after being drafted, was on a plane to Vietnam. Two weeks…

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Fort Jackson will be providing free COVID-19 testing for veterans, military retirees or anyone with on-base access beginning Wednesday. The testing will be held off Marion Street near the Palmetto Farms Water Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The suggested day for all retirees…

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At the highest mantle of the University of South Carolina, President Robert Caslen leads the Gamecock community with the leadership style he gained through his years as an officer in the United States Army. He served more than 30 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General.

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The United States Army is breaking ground with its first ever National Virtual Hiring Campaign, which will take place June 30 through July 2. The Army's goal is to hire 10,000 citizens into service during the three-day period. Special bonuses up to $45,000 or college debt relief programs up …

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Women Veterans Day is recognized Friday by residents across the state, and is meant to honor the sacrifice and service of all female veterans in South Carolina. Every year, Gov. McMaster signs the proclamation, recognizing the "courage, honor, and dignity with which women have served, and co…

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Businesses across the Midlands are beginning to reopen and restrictions are being lifted, but Fort Jackson will continue its stricter protocols and procedures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The installation's Commanding General, Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr., said Fort Jackson is…

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Veterans, family and friends gathered Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6740 Lake Murray, to support the post's annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony began at 10 a.m. and was run by post Commander and US Army veteran, Ginger Graham. Graham has just begun her second year as the fir…

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The Lexington Marine Corps League gathered Saturday morning at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Harold "Speedy" Wilson, at Woodridge Memorial Park off Corley Mill Road in Lexington. The event is an annual tradition put on by the Marine Corps League, and is meant to honor Wilson's last w…

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Retired US Army veteran Shawn Laurie, known as the "Veteran Guy," said knew from a young age that the military would be his calling. His father honorably served 20 years in the Army and ended his service with the 101st Airborne Division. Laurie joined the military in 2004 and served nine years.

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Staff Sergeant Christoper Carrington is a US Army Recruiter at the Lexington Recruiting Station. He is originally from Houston, but joined the Army out of Miami. His career of 15 years, as of April 1, has taken him across the globe from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Iraq, Hawaii and Korea.

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Retired Staff Sergeant Jimmy Bates is originally from Maryland and served nine years in the United States Army as an Infantry Mortarman. As a child, a trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia, gave Bates a strong sense of patriotism and purpose. It was there he decided he wanted to be a soldier one day.

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The Big Red Barn Retreat's Warrior PATHH program is continuing to remain on-track with its progression. The program will take on its first group of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress as soon as October. Construction is continuing on a seven-bedroom, two-kitchen lodge, along with …

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Colonel John Hankins has served 25 years in the United States Army. His career began at 25-years-old in Missouri. Hankins' farming family went bankrupt during his freshman year of college in 1986. With times being hard and college loans coming due shortly after graduation, he decided to enli…

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Columbia native and Ft. Jackson soldier Sgt. First Class Maurice Boozer will be starring in the movie Cherry coming to theaters in October. The film is produced by Anthony and Joseph Russo, known for directing movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars.

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Candace Terry served in the United States Navy as a linguist. While serving, she became fluent in Russian as well as Farsi, a middle-eastern language, heavily spoken in places like Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Terry was eager to dive into the complex life of language even at a young age.…

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Captain Nick Fowler is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He lived in the Top Gun days and always dreamed of flying fighter planes as a child. Due to Fowler's great academics, he was able to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While there, he was introduced to each branc…

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Fort Jackson representatives held a dedication ceremony Wednesday for newly-constructed Pierce Terrace Elementary School. The school's name honors the Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Larry Stanley Pierce. Construction was completed last year, and the facility opened January 8.

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SSgt. Brandon Bryan enjoys spending time out in nature with a rifle, shotgun or a fishing pole - like many veterans. After tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and an extensive combat career in the US Army, Bryan finds hunting takes him back to a time he truly misses.

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Fort Jackson hosted a Leader Development Symposium Friday. The event brought senior Army leaders together to focus on mentoring ROTC cadets from 10 North Carolina and South Carolina colleges and universities. Along with speed mentoring, discussion panels and other activities, the event hoste…

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The first responder field becomes a career path for many veterans. Jon Jones served his four years in the US Army and has since spent more than a decade in emergency medical services. Veterans often find comfort in the military structure that the first responder field provides.

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Veterans tend to enjoy different styles of therapeutic release. There are a wide variety of options to cope with the stress of their past - from motorcycling to meditation. It's no surprise that hunting would also be on the list.