Holiday means freebies for veterans and active duty personnel

November 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 10, 2010

Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel Thursday, Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Car Wash offers free tunnel car washes to veterans and active-duty service personnel. Find the local Brown Bear outlets at 22121 S.E. 56th St. in Issaquah, and 3050 228 Ave. S.E. in Sammamish. In order to receive the offer, veterans and service members should identify themselves to the wash attendant in order to receive a free wash.

“This program is designed to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say thank you to people who sacrifice for our freedom,” Brown Bear President Victor Odermat said.

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants offers free hamburgers and cheeseburgers to veterans and active military personnel.

Veterans and service members who military identification or wear their military uniform can receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger at every Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant. Find a complete list of restaurants here.

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Issaquah ceremony honors veterans’ service

November 9, 2010

Dave Waggoner is a stickler for military tradition and no other symbol better pays homage to those serving in uniform than the American flag.

“I’ve always wanted people who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country to never be forgotten, for their actions to be respected,” said Waggoner, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War.

That’s why he spearheaded the effort to ensure that the city of Issaquah always had new flags flying on its 11 flagpoles. In the continually growing tradition, the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3436, hosts its fourth annual Veterans Day Service on Nov. 11.

Waggoner will present new flags purchased by the VFW to City Councilwoman Eileen Barber. Barber’s family has long ties to military service, from her father in World War II to her nephew, who is just back from serving his second tour in Iraq. She said she looks forward to the ceremony each year.

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Press Editorial

November 9, 2010

Veterans Day history is worth understanding

Thursday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. At precisely 11 a.m., a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank those who have served in the armed services of the United States.

The time, 11 a.m., is symbolic. It was at this time on Nov. 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), that a cease-fire agreement was signed, bringing an official end to World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Read more

Metro reminds bus riders of holiday schedule changes

November 9, 2010

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a period when Metro usually has 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. On several of the upcoming holidays, Metro uses a Sunday schedule.

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Issaquah dentist gives back to vets

November 9, 2010

You’d think that when American veterans return from active duty, dental care would be an automatic benefit. However, you’d be wrong.

Only veterans deemed “completely service-disabled” are covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and that is for only certain types of dental work, according to Issaquah dentist Theresa Cheng. That means most veterans don’t get seen by dentists — and it goes for their caretakers and family as well. Read more

Support our troops — fund the Veterans Administration

November 9, 2010

Julia McKechnie Liberty High School

Every year during Liberty High School’s Veterans Day assembly, I am amazed by the number of people who stand up when an especially solemn Associated Student Body officer asks those who know a member of the armed services to rise.

Nearly the entire student body stands up and looks around, many students wearing the same astonished expression that crosses my own face. As Veterans Day approaches, I am reminded of the overwhelming number of “support the troops” yellow ribbons that plastered the bumpers of American cars shortly after the Iraq War began. Looking back, I realize I seldom see these tokens of patriotism anymore, which leads me to wonder: Are we really supporting our troops? Read more

Sound Transit operates on regular schedule for Veterans Day

November 9, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Nov. 9, 2010

Sound Transit bus service operates on a regular schedule Thursday, Veterans Day.

The agency’s ST Express bus service operates 26 routes throughout the region. Find timetables for specific bus routes — plus schedules for other Sound Transit services — here.

The call center for ORCA, or One Regional Card for All, and ORCA customer services offices close for the holiday. ORCA includes transit systems in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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Metro reminds riders of holiday schedule changes

November 6, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2010

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting on Thursday, Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a period when Metro usually has 20 to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. On several of the upcoming holidays, Metro uses a Sunday schedule.

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Honor Flight program gets World War II vets to D.C. memorial

November 17, 2009

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

As the ceremonies of Veterans Day fade, one local man is hoping to keep that spirit alive through the rest of the year by launching the Freedom Fighters Honor Flight program.

The national program flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national World War II memorial. The newly formed Puget Sound area chapter will fly its first veterans there March 22 and 23.

“They served our country and it’s a way for us to say thanks and that we didn’t forget,” said David Waggoner, a retired lieutenant colonel who served with the Army in Vietnam and who is commander for Issaquah’s Veterans of Foreign Wars outpost.

He knows all too well what seeing that memorial means, after being drafted and serving in Vietnam and losing many men and friends. Read more

Free carwashes, doughnuts available for veterans, service members today

November 10, 2009

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 11, 2009

Freebies will be available for veterans and active-duty military personnel as the nation marks Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Car Wash will thank military veterans and men and women serving in the armed services Nov. 11 with a free carwash.

The free carwashes are also offered to spouses who have a military spouse who is deployed. The local Brown Bear is located at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

The offer will operate on an honor system and no verification or documentation will be required. Drivers should identify themselves to the wash attendant as a current or former member of the military.

“Our organization is proud to honor veterans and service personnel,” Brown Bear president, founder and Marine Corps veteran Vic Odermat said in a news release. “While the washes are free, we know that freedom is not. This is a way for us to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say thank you to people who sacrifice so incredibly for our freedom.”

Krispy Kreme will honor service men and women by giving away doughnuts to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are invited to visit any Krispy Kreme store in Washington to enjoy a free doughnut of any variety.

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