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Abilene Zoo Celebrates Dyess Air Force Base

Abilene is a unique community with our ties to the military and Dyess Air Force Base. We have a great fondness of our military personnel that will be celebrated this weekend at the Abilene Zoo’s, Zoolute to Dyess day. Join in all fun activities Saturday, May 19th.

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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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Marcus Luttrell/Facebook
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Former Navy SEAL Honors Fallen Comrade With Touching Gesture

In one of the most poignant ways of honoring a fallen comrade we’ve ever seen, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recently went to a Newtown, CT, pub and offered to pay the owner enough money to buy a random person a pint of Guinness every hour for the entire day.

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Dogs Welcome Home Their Deployed Owners [VIDEO]

I’ve seen quite a few videos and news stories when a Soldier, Airman, Seaman or Marine surprise their kids, wives or parents when they come back from being deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and while almost all of those kind of stories will have me crying like a three year old at bedtime, these video clips put a huge lump in my throat. Tell me what you think.

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A Mother’s Love was in Sailor’s Life Preserver [VIDEO]

I ran across this story while flying back from Memphis last month, it’s a World War II story about a sailor, his life belt and his mother. I didn’t know for sure if this story was true or not, I wanted to get it verified before I shared it with you. Come to find out the story is 100% factual and the sailor in the story was signalman 3rd class Elgin Leroy Staples of Akron Ohio. Watch the video to see how a mother’s love and her work saved her sons life during an attack by enemy forces.

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One Word Brings Soldier Out of a Coma [VIDEO]

Lt. Brian Brennan 101st Airborne US Army suffered a brain injury and lost both of his legs while three fellow soldiers lost their lives in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. His doctors declared that Lt. Brennan would never recover and would remain in a deep comatose state for the rest of his life. That was until his boss Army Gen. David Petraeus showed up by his bedside and counted to three and said the word “Currahee”.

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Navy Seal War Hero Marcus Luttrell Gives Me the Look of Death

I recently attended the Country Cares seminars in Memphis Tn. where we spent time with country stars that are there to help us raise money for St. Jude. One of the days, the St. Jude folks bring in a guest speaker, this years surprise speaker was one of my favorite guys in the world, Navy Seal and war hero Marcus Luttrell. In his opening remarks he asked the men to give up their seats for the ladies that were standing and for everyone to turn off their phones. I took a few pictures and then did as he asked and I powered down my phone. 35 minutes into his speech my phone starts ringing and that’s when Luttrell shot me the look.

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Congressman Neugebauer Tours New VA Facility

The grand opening of the new VA clinic in Abilene is taking place Monday January 9th at 10:30am. Helping with the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies is Congressman Randy Neugebauer, the Congressman will be the featured speaker too. The new bigger VA facility is located at 3850 Ridgemont Drive in the old Toys-R-Us building.

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Justin Timberlake Has ‘Moving’ Experience at Marine Corps Ball [VIDEO]

In July, actor/singer Justin Timberlake accepted a YouTube invitation to attend a Marine Corps Ball with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis. Timberlake made good on his promise this past Saturday. But did he “bring sexy back” as well?

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Transportation Workers Return Missing Teddy Bear to Heartbroken Girl [VIDEO]

During a road trip to Idaho, six-year-old Justice Wadsworth lost a teddy bear. But this wasn’t just any stuffed animal. The bear was a beloved gift from her Army dad, who’s currently stationed in Korea.

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Army Dad Surprises Daughter at Spelling Bee After Returning From Iraq [VIDEO]

Get ready for your heart to melt! This Army dad surprised his nine-year-old daughter at a spelling bee in Boca Raton, FL after a 10-month tour of duty that separated him from his family, ‘Today‘ reports.

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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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