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Returning Soldier Surprises Young Son at School [VIDEO]

We admit it. These things make us misty.

Army Specialist Matthew Peters of Owensville, Missouri spent a year deployed in Kuwait and Iraq, and hadn’t seen his young son, Blake, in more than six months. When he came home, he decided to pop in on the unsuspecting tyke at school for a hug the kid will probably never forget.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Comes to an End for the Military [VIDEO]

The policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which has been in place since the Clinton administration, became a thing of the past at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday when the United States became one of more than 40 countries worldwide allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

“They will no longer have to lie in order to help protect us,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin in a statement. “The end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is an important victory not just for equality, but integrity.”

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Brad Paisley Collecting Cell Phones To Give To Troops

Brad Paisley just finished his European tour and is glad to be back on home soil.  But one thing kept going while he was away. 

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Hawkeye, the Navy Seal Dog, Could Walk With Iowa Hawkeyes, the Football Team

Hawkeye, the loyal pup of late Navy SEAL Jon T. Tumilson that had us reaching for the Kleenex when photos of him slumped under his master’s casket spread around the web, has caught the attention of (who else?) University of Iowa football team the Hawkeyes. Former player Jon Lazar heard about the dog and has submitted a re

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Returning Soldier Surprises His Mom at Work [VIDEO]

Soldiers know the value of surprise, especially when returning home from active duty to their loved ones.

When Joey found out he was getting sent home from Kuwait two weeks earlier than anticipated, he spent the three months prior planning to surprise his mom at the UPS sorting facility in Lansing, MI where she works.

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Loyal Dog Won’t Leave Casket of Fallen Navy Seal Master in Heartbreaking Pictures

In a final act of loyalty, Hawkeye, the dog of slain Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson walked up to his fallen master’s casket during the funeral in Rockford, Iowa, and then laid mournfully down beside the body for the rest of the proceedings.

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Category: Animals, Military
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Marine Gets Life-Saving Transplant from Deceased Fellow Soldier [VIDEO]

Marine Sgt. Jacob Chadwick, 23, an Iraq war veteran who recently underwent a life-saving kidney transplant, received the organ from an unexpected source — 24-year-old fellow soldier Lt. Patrick Wayland.

The two men didn’t know each other, but after Wayland suffered a fatal heart attack while swimming in flight gear during training on August 1, Wayland’s family sought out the people it felt was “most deserving” of Patrick’s vital organs.

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Operation Rising Star 2011

This years Operation Rising Star is being held at the Impact Zone on Fort Sill.  The first night of competition was a tough one!  6 very talented representatives gave it their all.  The judges had a very hard time deciding who would advance onto the semi-finals.  Each contestant is required to sing 2 songs, one song from whatever genre they choose and one patriotic song.

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Great Dane Welcomes Home His Military Dad From Deployment[VIDEO]

Emmitt the Great Dane, is REALLY HAPPY to see his military dad who just got home from deployment.

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Pentagon Releases Names of 30 Troops Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash [VIDEO]

The Pentagon has released the names of 30 American troops who were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade downed their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan last weekend

The attack represented the biggest single day loss of military personnel America has suffered during the nearly ten-year Afghanistan war.  Overall, 1648 Americans have died in the conflict.

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Soldiers Taking A Break And Rocking Out[VIDEO]

This video hit the internet early this morning and still no one knows which base or which branch of the service this is. I am going with Air Force for the sole reason if you watch the guy in the background taking the picture you can see the Air Force logo on his shorts, but regardless it is a great video !

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Oklahomans To Build Chapel at Camp Gruber as Gift To Soldiers

Today, Governor Mary Fallin announced plans for a new religious center to be built on Camp Gruber.

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