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Vietnam Veterans Commemorate 25th Anniversary
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27th Annual ‘TET Reunion’ for Veterans is Scheduled for February 1st in Abilene

The Abilene Grunts Association and the Texas Veterans Chapter One are hosting their 27th Annual 'TET Reunion' on Saturday, February 1st, 2014. All Veterans and their families are invited to attend, attendees are encouraged to bring photo's and memorabilia, no matter the era of service or conflict. There will be food, drinks, displays, memorabilia and a USO style of show.

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Tim McGraw Surprises Veterans at a Steakhouse Over the Memorial Day Weekend

Tim McGraw recently surprised a group of active duty and retired U.S. Veterans at an Outback Steakhouse in Chicago over the recent Memorial Day weekend. This isn't the first time either, during the Thanksgiving Holiday of 2012 the Grammy award winner Tim McGraw dined with our nations veterans at the Nashville TN. steakhouse.

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Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene Will Host Special Memorial Day Ceremonies for Veterans

 

Texas State Veterans Cemetery (TSVC) in Abilene will be holding a very special ceremony for all veterans Monday, May 27, Memorial Day beginning at 11:00am. This ceremony will honor all veterans and will feature Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Robert J. Strader as the events guest speaker. Veterans, their families and friends are all encouraged to attend this special event. 

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A Collection of Dogs Reuniting With Veterans Returning From War — Daily Distraction

By now you've probably seen at least one video of a soldier or Marine returning home and seeing his dog for the first time. It's one of the things the Internet does that really, genuinely tugs at your heartstrings.

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Vietnam Veterans Commemorate 25th Anniversary
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26th Annual ‘TET Reunion’ for Veterans is Scheduled for February 2nd in Abilene

The 26th Annual 'TET Reunion' honoring all Veterans, is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd starting at 12:00 noon at the Taylor County Expo center. All Veteransand their families are welcomed, and encouraged to bring their photo's and memorabilia from their era of service. The TET reunion was started by Vietnam Vets but is open to all Vets, no matter the era of service. There will be food, drinks, displays, memorabilia and a USO kind of show.

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Abilene’s State Veterans Cemetery Hosts Wreaths Across America Event [VIDEO]

Veteran's have a special place in all our hearts and they should all be honored as heroes. This December 15th a wreath laying ceremony will be taking place not only here in Abilene but at over 500 veteran cemeteries simultaneously nationwide.

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Thanksgiving meals await delivery
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The Abilene Veteran’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner is Still in Dire Need of Money

The annual Veteran's Thanksgiving Day Dinner will take place this year, however in the future it may be a thing of the past in Abilene, if local organizers can't raise the necessary funds to support such an event. According to Jimmy DeFoor with the Taylor County Veterans Service Office, he says over the years, donations have fallen off and the same goes for volunteers. While this years feast has been saved the future of the event is still on questionable grounds.

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An Army veteran during "a campaign on the campus"
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Abilene’s McMurry University to Honor Veterans with “A Salute to Our Military” on Thursday, November 8th

With Veterans Day coming up on Monday, Nov. 12th. McMurry University will honor all veterans with a special program entitled “A Salute to Our Military.” The program will feature a panel discussion titled “An Informed View of Military Experience and Historical Narratives” with an emphasis on the Vietnam era. Plus a military panel question and answer session and student readings from 'The Things They Carried' by Tim O’Brien and 'Platoon Leader' by James McDonough. The event is free and open to the public.

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Veterans Day Ceremony Held At Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Restaurants & Businesses Offering Discounts to Veterans on Veteran’s Day and Every Other Day of the Year in Abilene [UPDATED]

Our military veterans have given so much of themselves to protect us that it seems impossible to repay them. Many businesses offer special discounts to active duty and retired military personnel and their families on special holiday's like Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Spe

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Wreaths Across America Comes to the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene December 15th [VIDEO]

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day on Saturday November 10th, by thanking and remembering those men and women of our armed forces, both past and present. I am reminded of another day that I discovered last December. Nationwide the 2nd Saturday of December is declared by the Congress of the United States as, Wreaths Across America Day. On Saturday, December 15th, volunteers across America will place wreaths on each headstone at Arlington cemetery in Washington D.C. and at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

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Do Military Veterans Have More Health Problems Than Civilians?

A new report from the CDC finds that men who’ve served in the military carry a heavier health burden than civilians — in fact, veterans are significantly more likely to have two or more chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

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Aaron Watson holds a picture of his dad and the Purple Heart medal
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Aaron Watson’s New Song Honors Veterans and Raises Money for Charity

Texas music artist Aaron Watson dropped by the studio to bring me his new song, "Raise Your Bottle". The song was inspired by both his grandpa a WWII veteran and his dad a Vietnam war veteran. The song pays tribute to his kin folk and all veterans alike. Furthermore the profits from the song will go to a veterans charity called the Boot Campaign.

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