The Mission Goes On

Bryan Gansner, who barely survived war, helps other vets survive its aftermath Only days after September 11, 2001, country star Alan Jackson wrote “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” He would perform the song live to a
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A Mission of Service

Former Air Force leader and Vietnam veteran Jim O'Brien gives back to his adopted Knoxville community When 591 American prisoners of war arrived back on U.S. soil from Vietnam in early 1973, Jim O’Brien was midway through his studies at
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Moving Heaven and Earth

Charlie Orr built roads and survived harrowing moments in Vietnam Of all the vivid memories Charlie Orr holds from his tour of duty in Vietnam from late 1966 to early 1968—and there are many; a few will be told here, others are too
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A Great American Century

For World War II nurse Ruth Skidmore, service and sacrifice strike a chord “I’ve got an idea for a story,” my friend said. “Okay, shoot,” I replied. “It’s about a woman who is 100 and going strong. She’s spicy and feisty. Back in
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Let No Name Go Unspoken

Chris Albrecht serves his fellow veterans long after the battle ended Chris Albrecht, Cold War Veteran | Nathan Sparks One of Chris Albrecht’s all-time favorite quotes—more than that, a guiding maxim, a life principle, the impetus
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To Save a Life

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kathy Cason Johnson has made a life-saving difference to her nation Kathy Cason Johnson grew up with a big heart and put it to work in her chosen field as a nurse, but it was a shocking tragedy that ignited an even
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Turkeys & Creeks

A nostalgic reflection on how commerce transformed a once-wild patch in Farragut On an overcast spring day in 1984, a two-tone Buick Century station wagon carrying my dad, two sisters (ages 17 and 7), our two dogs, a very pregnant cat,
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Burn, Baby, Burn

U.S. Army veteran Don Eklund reflects on his service amidst the flames of Vietnam Some of the most vivid stories from the Vietnam era center on events long after the din of battle has faded. They reveal glimpses into a soldier’s
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A Time to Recast

Air Force veteran and attorney Aaron Kimsey found friendship and freedom on the water Some 500 miles due west of Knoxville, the teeming waters of Arkansas’ White River lure anglers from around the world to fish for trout—rainbow, brown,
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