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  • Into the Breach
  • Into the Breach

    A soldier’s view on last week’s announcement that women have the right to fight
      When the meal was over, she found another diner had covered her tab. “It’s crazy,” she says. “Everyday, people roll down their windows and say, ‘Thank you.’” She isn’t quite sure what to make of it, but is grateful for their respect.
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  • Invisible Wounds
  • Invisible Wounds

    For veterans, the war continues long after they’ve left the battlefield
      As his loved ones dashed to their cars

      and the police fielded 911 calls about a despondent man at a cemetery, Ed Pace sat on a bluff overlooking the Spokane River, an iPhone and a Smith &Wesson .44-caliber pistol in his hands.
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  • Ask and Tell
  • Ask and Tell

    On Sept. 20, soldiers can legally disclose they're gay. And a Spokane woman is one reason why.
      She had served for 18 years. Her record was exemplary — a year earlier she earned an Air Force commendation medal for saving someone’s life. So when, in July of 2004, Margaret Witt, a reserve flight-nurse from Spokane, was escorted to the commander’s conference room to speak with an investigator, she was still smiling.
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  • Rescue from Above
  • Rescue from Above

    What was really going on when the helicopters started flying over my campsite?
      With the leg stabilized, Poole’s son found a “big broken-off slab of tree. We shoved that underneath him. … We wanted him level so his leg wasn’t below his heart.” They hung some tarp for shade, and Poole allowed Beam a bit of water — not too much, though, because Poole knew Beam was headed to surgery.
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  • Soldier's Story
  • Soldier's Story

    A new court-based program helps veterans with PTSD and other wounds of war
      LaDeitrich Jones remembers the sweat, especially on his palms. He remembers the adrenaline, feeling his heart beat hard inside his chest, under his brown camo fatigues.
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