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A place where military families can unwind

By Alicia Banks  A one-time horse farm in the Arran Lakes area of Fayetteville has transformed into a woodsy park providing respite and recreation for military service members, their families and their friends.  In its fourth year, Rick’s Place continues to grow, adding activities and improvements to its 55-acre site.  “We work really hard to think about every family member of every age – how they can enjoy a fun experience with […]

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Knifing Through the Air

By SFC Allan Baros They jump from airplanes and free-fall for two miles, knifing through the air. Using parachutes opened less than a mile from the ground, they aim for and hit targeted landing spots like daggers – like Black Daggers. Which is what they are. Many have heard of the Golden Knights, the U.S. […]

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Creations of a Veteran Artist

By Catherine Pritchard In the photo, a uniformed soldier stares grimly off to one side. Half his face is in shadow. But more is going on. Scratchy white lines – not part of the original photo – extend from one of his ears. More scratches cover part of his head and his torso. The soldier […]

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Home Again

By James Johnson There are countless little moments that add up to remind us why we do the things we do. For Tiffany Walker, who serves as director of family services for the nonprofit veteran service program Endeavors (formerly “Family Endeavors”), a very recent moment stood out to her. “There was this one little boy […]

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InDependent: A Wellness Community for Military Spouses

By Erin Pesut While stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, Leslie Brians, Michele Bradfield and Meg Gotheridge talked endlessly about fitness, food, yoga, and health and wellness trends. The three women, all military spouses, knew they weren’t alone in wanting to find healthy ways to live amid the unique challenges faced by military spouses. But there was […]

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Democracy’s Defenders

Cumberland County, NC –  As home to the 82nd Airborne, the US Army Special Forces and the US Army Forces Command, it’s safe to say “when the President calls 911, Fort Bragg answers.”  The residents of Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County call these heroes “neighbor.”  It’s no surprise that the community was recognized […]

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82nd Airborne Soldiers to Headline City’s Independence Day Celebration

Music performances by soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division will be entertaining the crowds during the City of Fayetteville’s Independence Day Celebration at Festival Park on Saturday, July 1. The City is starting the Fourth of July celebration early with a family-friendly concert and fireworks, featuring musical performances by the 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus starting […]

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Rescue and Adoption: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

A stone’s throw away from the Methodist University campus is a local non-profit which specializes in saving abandoned and abused horses. Located in Linden, the Leilani Mae Horse Rescue’s mission is to rescue horses from neglect, abuse and slaughter with a focus in North Carolina.  The way the community comes together to help serve these […]

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