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Soldier Dad Gives Kids a Huge Surprise After First Pitch at Diamondbacks Game

Six-year-old Jackson Aguirre and his five-year-old sister Alanna were pretty thrilled to have been chosen to throw out the first pitch at a recent Arizona Diamondbacks game. Which isn’t surprising, as that honor is usually reserved for luminaries, not a couple kids in elementary school.

Right before their big moment the stadium’s JumboTron displayed a video message from their dad, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. 

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Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Elmer Thomas Park

Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, May 19th and the City of Lawton has planned fun activities for everyone to enjoy the Nation's Biggest Armed Forces Appreciation Day. The parade will take place at Elmer Thomas Park.

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The Country’s Largest Armed Forces Day Parade Will be on May 19th

On May 19th, join the Lawton Fort Sill community in celebrating Armed Forces Day. As more men and women return from duties overseas it is important to take time to honor those that have served and fought to protect our freedom.

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Lawton Hosts First Oklahoma Honor Flight in Honor of World War II Veterans

For the first time ever, an honor flight will be chartered out of the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport.  This flight will give World War II veterans an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. 

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Study Reveals Military Members More Likely to Cause Car Accidents After Deployments

Members of the Army and Marine Corps are often taught aggressive driving techniques while they’re deployed in areas like Iraq and Afghanistan. And according to insurance company USAA, they’re bringing those driving habits home — and causing more accidents as a result.

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Alan Jackson 2012 Army Concert Tour – Ticket Info

Country superstar Alan Jackson will headline the 2012 Army Concert Tour at Fort Sill's Polo Field Saturday, June 30th. Up and coming star Easton Corbin will be Alan's guest.

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Armed Services YMCA Begins Annual Fundraising Campaign

The Armed Services YMCA 2012 Partner Member Annual Campaign is underway, and they're looking for your support to help fund their programs and services - all designed to give soldiers peace of mind while they defend our freedom.

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Soldier Dad and Daughter Have Heartwarming Reunion in Front of Packed Auditorium

No matter how old they get, some daughters will always be “daddy’s little girl.” Here’s a soldier homecoming video that proves that point, with lots of tears. 

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Dear Mom- My New Favorite Words!

I started out being "Daughter" to my wonderful parents.  I shared last week that my Dad called me "Sookie" long before those New Jersey folks had one.  Next I was wife, then Mom, and finally I became Nana.  That is one of the best names in the world, and until this last month, my favorite name ever.

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Oklahoma Gets More Funds To Help Homeless Veterans

Much need it funding has been awarded to the State of Oklahoma to help with the housing of homeless veterans. Three housing agencies in Oklahoma will split $381,311. The Department of Housinig and Urban Development officials said the money will supply permanent housing and case management for 90 homeless veterans. The government also added that the number of vouchers now in use is up to 345.

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Dierks Bentley Gives $50K to Military Family in Need

Dierks Bentley‘s got a generous heart and a pointed interest in supporting our troops and their families, especially those in need. The country singer gifted a military family who needed a little help with a $50,000 donation on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Wednesday, and he was met with a hug from a uniformed officer and his wife, who shed tears of joy over Bentley’s financial contribution on their behalf.

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Should Women Be Allowed in Combat? — Survey of the Day

Last week, the Pentagon decided open up thousands of near-the-front-line military jobs to female military personnel who were previously restricted from such roles.

Women are still banned from combat, although this move to put them closer to harm’s way has upset some, including Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who said that when women are too close to the front line “emotions” could lead to “compromised situations.” So what does the public think about the Pentagon’s measure?

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