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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.

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Fort Jackson's third Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, one of the basic combat training battalions, held a memorial ceremony to honor the passing of Private First Class Connor McGurran Thursday afternoon.

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The South Carolina Military Museum is hosting an event to honor the 75th anniversary of one of the most notable battles of World War II. The Battle of the Bulge anniversary event will take place Saturday at 9 a.m., at 1 National Guard Rd (across from Williams Brice Stadium).

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An out of state guest visited the Fort Jackson Museum for the chance to view one particular piece of history. Warrant Officer-2 Fredrick McCarthy, from Seattle, is a Vietnam veteran and helicopter pilot who flew over 1,000 hours of combat missions from 1967 to 1968.

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Being the first ever female commander of VFW Post 6740 is an incredible achievement, but not a huge concern for Ginger Graham. Although she is proud of the achievement, her biggest concern is helping veterans. According to Graham, she believes it is her life's calling. She has worked diligen…

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Monday marks 100 years since the first observance of the holiday now known as Veterans Day (then called Armistice Day), but the celebrations of those who’ve served started early in Columbia.

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Panera Bread's largest franchisee, Covelli Enterprises, will salute those in uniform with free meals Monday, in honor of Veterans Day. The offer will be valid at 28 locations across South Carolina and Georgia, including Midlands locations.

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Matthew Reichl is a fun, baseball-loving American. He is an active member of the community and the baseball coach for Ridge Spring Monetta High School. You would never be able to tell from talking to him that he is a recipient of the Purple Heart, served in seven combat deployments and 16 ye…

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Patrick Jones has served the United States Army for 44 years. His desire to join was only for steady employment and benefits. After his first four years, spent in the Infantry, Jones moved over to Public Affairs where a love for everything Army-related began. He retired after 28 years, and s…

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John Michael, as his friends call him, is a local native to Chapin, South Carolina. Morris joined the Marine Corps after a short stint at Midlands Technical Community College and decided to take the path less traveled, trying out for one of the Marine Corps most difficult jobs, Recon. 

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Rob Gardner is a true example of the old saying, "Needs of the Army." Though Gardner was an artilleryman by trade, during his tours in Iraq, he spent almost no time behind the artillery gun. Rather, most of his time was spent on high profile raids, clandestine night operations and many other…

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Pfc. Andrew McLean died Friday after suffering a medical emergency. McLean, from Fayetteville, N.C., was a part of 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment. The Army’s next-of-kin notification process is complete.

Sergeant First Class Bryan Lewis. Ethan Gardner photo. Bryan Lewis is an example of how far hard work and a passionate drive will take you. Not only has Lewis served for 30 honorable years in the United States Army, he also runs a business that was passed down to him by his late father. Lewis prides himself on keeping the…

Army Veteran Katie Nash – photo provided. Not everyone who serves is immune to injuries during military service. Katie Nash knows all too well the importance of taking care of yourself. She was a member of an airborne unit while serving seven honorable years in the US Army. Nash continues to suffer from lower back pain and other injuries sustained…