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Veterans Spotlight

Water in the Blood

Knoxville’s Dale McCurry reached the pinnacle of US Coast Guard service while saving lives and training others Standing waist deep in the gently flowing waters of the Little River in Townsend, Dale McCurry is intent on making a perfect

Take Care of Your Troops

Retired US Army Major Tom Amidon is most proud of the cadets he trained and mentored for battle across the globe On November 11, 2020—Veterans Day—Tom Amidon awakens to a familiar blend of thoughts and emotions, rooted in his

Tip of the Spear

Service as a U.S. Marine helped Bob Sparks rise from rural Appalachia to a life of business and personal success When Bob Sparks enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1961, the 17-year-old out of southwest Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains

Welcome Home

Jim Petress shares how service to country led him on a path through medicine Standing in the shadow of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jim Petress notices another graying man a few steps away and recognizes the