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Out of the Box: Elvis' Fiancee Ginger Alden Breaks Her Silence in New Book

(12) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:51 AM

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He seemed to arrive out of nowhere yielding an otherworldly presence that was so powerful it still resonates in the public's consciousness decades after his death. But he wasn't from another world; he was born near the Mississippi Delta and raised in...
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In Homage to Author Michael Palmer

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 4:44 PM

I am shocked and saddened to learn that medical thriller author Michael Palmer passed away on Oct. 30, 2013. I had the privilege of knowing Michael for the past few years and I considered him a friend and mentor.

When he was writing the book Political Suicide,...

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Justice for Pfc. LaVena Johnson?

(15) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 5:45 PM

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PFC LaVena Johnson
It's not easy to shock me anymore, but during a recent a conversation with a former female Marine about military rape, I received the shock of my life when she adamantly stated: "Military...

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Out of the Ashes: The Other Spector

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:09 PM

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Photo courtesy Nicole Audrey Spector

To musicians like Bob Dylan or John Lennon, legendary music producer Phil Spector was the go-to genius who could help make their recordings phenomenal. To the public-at-large he is a deranged individual...

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The Good Marine Corps Wife vs. The United States of America

(23) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:50 PM

On July 31, 2008, Colonel Michael Ross Stahlman, USMC, was found in his room at Camp Ramadi, Iraq with a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. The right-handed colonel died Oct. 5, 2008. Despite the fact that he never suffered from depression, within hours, investigators labeled the...

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Shaping DoD Policy by Giving a Voice to Bereaved Military Families

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:59 PM

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca)


Behind almost every veteran is a family whose life is shaped by their service. Military families are a unique breed of Americans. I don't think I've ever met an active duty military member who...

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Letting My Southern Roots Grow

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2012 | 9:53 AM

For a long time now, I've been writing about injustices military families face. I have two books forthcoming surrounding this issue, and with their publication, I know that I will have said all I can on the topic. Oh, I'll always be involved as an advocate, and I will passionately...

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Turning Tragedy Into Activism: Remembering Colonel Philip Shue

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:31 PM

Parked in full view of the residents in Kendall County, Texas, are the remnants of a 1995 Tracer once belonging to Air Force Colonel Philip Shue. Nine years ago yesterday, on April 16, 2003, at approximately 5:30-6:00 a.m., Colonel Shue kissed his wife Tracy goodbye and headed to work at...

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American Society in Crisis: Non-Hostile Deaths Are Overtaking Veterans

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 9:58 AM

For nearly a decade, I've been researching and writing about the issue of non-hostile deaths in the military. Early on in my research, I would get upset at the information provided by our troops and their families. Their revelations painted a picture of a dysfunctional military culture that allows medical...

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Baby Lisa's Disappearance: A Perfect Storm for a Tragic Crime?

(52) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 9:36 AM

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Baby Lisa Irwin

It's a parent's worst fear. You go to sleep thinking all is right with the world only to wake up and find your baby is gone. It must feel as though you are trapped in some cruel dream from which you...

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Are Chapter 14s Kicking Veterans When They're Down?

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 3:14 PM

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Erica and Bryan Lampe


Marine Staff Sgt. Bryan Lampe, 35 years old, grew up admiring the pictures and awards belonging to his beloved grandfather, who had stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. As a result, the military was his...

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A Tale of Two Mothers: Casey Anthony and Jaycee Dugard

(30) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 5:56 PM

I smiled and cried simultaneously, as I watched Jaycee Dugard's recent interview with Diane Sawyer. After weeks filled with the freakish Casey Anthony circus, I hope that people took a long pause away from the Anthony media coverage to focus on the truly awe-inspiring, magnificent mother that is...

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Memorial Day 2011: Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 12:10 PM

In 1867, a hymn by Nella L.Sweet, Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping, was published with a dedication to southern ladies who, as a result of the Civil War, were actively paying homage to their fallen soldiers by decorating and honoring their grave sites. By May 30, 1868, the entire...

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One Woman's Uphill Battle To Raise Funds For Fellow Vets

(11) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:35 AM

2011-02-18-Veteran.jpgBefore First Lady Michelle Obama announced her intention to raise awareness to the plight of our military families in need, Dunbar, West Virginia citizen and disabled veteran Lisa Groves was well underway operating a hot dog stand...

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A Wake Up Call Was Sounded in Tucson: Have We Been Feeding Wolves?

(12) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 9:46 AM

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Lecturer and Consultant, Hunter Glass


The tragedy in the city of Tucson has an all too familiar ring to it. Once again American's find themselves glued to their television screens for some explanation as to why such a horrible mass killing...

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Hope for 2011

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:36 PM

Just before New Year's Day, I sent an e-mail to some of my friends and acquaintances and asked what lessons they've learned in 2010 and what their hopes are for the future. I was expecting to receive a list of resolutions from friends wanting to lose weight and exercise, get...

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Raising Awareness for Brain Injured Veterans, Our Forgotten Warriors Are Marching to Obama

(5) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 1:12 PM

2010-11-05-Johnbackpack11150x150.jpgIf you see a Navy veteran walking through your town wearing a backpack and shaking hands with well-wishers, it might be retired CW3 John Ulstrom. Ulstrom is currently on a march from Texas to Washington DC to try to...

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Pat Tillman's Family Is Not Alone

(23) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 12:41 PM

Pat Tillman unselfishly set out to defend this country with what some would call old-school American values. His actions were carried out in a manner reminiscent of a time in history when men walked away from good careers and bright futures to enlist in the armed forces. The act should...

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Veterans Court: Make No Judgment With the Absence of Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 11:11 AM

Every now and then, I receive letters from veterans serving time in prison. One imprisoned soldier whom I will never forget is serving time for robbery in Washington State. A sergeant and nurse during the early days of the Iraq war, his troubles began when he became addicted to the...

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Let's Question the Accuracy of Current Military Suicide Statistics

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 1:33 PM

According to the U.S. Army, the June 2010 statistics for military suicides look as grim as ever. Despite all of the prevention programs being studied and implemented, 32 soldiers reportedly took their own life. That is more than one soldier per day.

Just as the Army released the dismal...

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