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Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene to Honor Heroes on Memorial Day

The Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene will host a special ceremony honoring real-life heroes in the Big Country this Memorial Day. This commemoration is open to veterans and all those who support them.

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US Postal Service to Stop Shipping Electronics to Troops Overseas

In an announcement made earlier this month, the US Postal Service told customers that as of May 16, they will no longer ship electronics like iPads, Kindles, smartphones and other devices containing lithium batteries overseas.

This means that people who want to ship electronics to troops serving abroad will have to pay a premium to go through private shipping services.

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Soldier Dad Gives Kids a Huge Surprise After First Pitch at Diamondbacks Game

Six-year-old Jackson Aguirre and his five-year-old sister Alanna were pretty thrilled to have been chosen to throw out the first pitch at a recent Arizona Diamondbacks game. Which isn’t surprising, as that honor is usually reserved for luminaries, not a couple kids in elementary school.

Right before their big moment the stadium’s JumboTron displayed a video message from their dad, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. 

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Soldier in Afghanistan Witnesses Son’s Birth Via Skype

Technology is awesome. And not just because it helps us play Words With Friends on our phone when we’re bored at work. It also allowed Specialist Brock Howland to witness the birth of his son.

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Former Navy SEAL Honors Fallen Comrade With Touching Gesture

In one of the most poignant ways of honoring a fallen comrade we’ve ever seen, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recently went to a Newtown, CT, pub and offered to pay the owner enough money to buy a random person a pint of Guinness every hour for the entire day.

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Dogs Welcome Home Their Deployed Owners [VIDEO]

I've seen quite a few videos and news stories when a Soldier, Airman, Seaman or Marine surprise their kids, wives or parents when they come back from being deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and while almost all of those kind of stories will have me crying like a three year old at bedtime, these video clips put a huge lump in my throat. Tell me what you think.

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Marines Drink Cobra Blood in Training Exercise

The Armed Forces will do anything to give our fighting men and women an edge. Apparently, that includes some training exercises that would be right at home on ‘Fear Factor.

During the joint drill ‘Cobra Gold,’ which takes place annually in Thailand

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A Mother’s Love was in Sailor’s Life Preserver [VIDEO]

I ran across this story while flying back from Memphis last month, it's a World War II story about a sailor, his life belt and his mother. I didn't know for sure if this story was true or not, I wanted to get it verified before I shared it with you. Come to find out the story is 100% factual and the sailor in the story was signalman 3rd class Elgin Leroy Staples of Akron Ohio. Watch the video to see how a mother's love and her work saved her sons life during an attack by enemy forces.

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One Word Brings Soldier Out of a Coma [VIDEO]

Lt. Brian Brennan 101st Airborne US Army suffered a brain injury and lost both of his legs while three fellow soldiers lost their lives in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. His doctors declared that Lt. Brennan would never recover and would remain in a deep comatose state for the rest of his life. That was until his boss Army Gen. David Petraeus showed up by his bedside and counted to three and said the word "Currahee".

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New F-35B Military Plane Undergoes Testing [VIDEO]

We have the best military in the world and they just keep coming up with more technology to make the job easier and more efficient. There is a new plane out there that is currently undergoing testing and it is super cool. It's called the F-35B and it can land vertically (like a helicopter).

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Wounded Soldier Reunites With Dog Found in Afghanistan [VIDEO]

While on tour of duty in Afghanistan, soldier Donny Eslinger adopted an adorable dog that he named Smoke-pup Barbarian. But after he was critically wounded during a mortar attack and shipped to Germany, Eslinger was forced to leave the pooch behind.

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Navy SEAL War Hero Marcus Luttrell Gives Me the Look of Death

I recently attended the Country Cares seminars in Memphis Tn. where we spent time with country stars that are there to help us raise money for St. Jude. One of the days, the St. Jude folks bring in a guest speaker, this years surprise speaker was one of my favorite guys in the world, Navy SEAL and war hero Marcus Luttrell. In his opening remarks he asked the men to give up their seats for the ladies that were standing and for everyone to turn off their phones. I took a few pictures and then did as he asked and I powered down my phone. 35 minutes into his speech my phone starts ringing and that's when Luttrell shot me the look.

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