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Us: Petty Officer Jacob Richardson of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY JACOB RICHARDSON Many thoughts, feelings and habits have stayed with me throughout my time in the Navy.  The most profound and impactful for me is the idea and importance of camaraderie found within the Navy and between service members. … Continue Reading

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Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading

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Us: VFW Back Bay Post 1211 Commander Charlie Baker

BY CHARLIE BAKER VIRGINIA BEACH — In 1966, I graduated high school in California. There was a draft going on at the time, and I did not care for the idea of jungles and foxholes. I wished to see the world. So… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer

BY BOBBY DYER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Virginia Beach, the largest city by population in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Much of the preparation to take on this awesome responsibility goes back… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading

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Us: Volunteer Cheryl Scott of Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver

BY CHERYL SCOTT I volunteer for Project Lifesaver because it is a lifeline for people who have a loved one with cognitive issues and a tendency to wander. I personally was faced with that exact situation.  My mother left my house… Continue Reading

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Us: Senior Resource Center Inc. President Johnnie Williams

BY JOHNNIE WILLIAMS I attended Creeds Elementary School – AKA Creeds High – from first through seventh grade, I always consider Creeds my home. In 1955, my parents moved me to Norfolk the summer before I started eighth grade. My wife,… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Chaplain Lindy Casale-Rinaldi

BY LINDY CASALE-RINALDI In our family, community volunteerism is generational. From my early childhood days to adulthood, I don’t remember a time when my family was not involved in community volunteering in some capacity, whether it was with church, scouts,… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Master Gardener Stacie McGraw

BY STACIE MCGRAW I was an accidental volunteer – helping out at my daughters’ schools, participating in other organizations – but never feeling that I was making a real difference until I found the Virginia Beach Master Gardener program. It was… Continue Reading