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By DANIELLE SANTILLAN | Calexico Resident | November 8, 2011
Today I'm gonna talk war at y'all. Did you know that during the year following 9/11, 100 CIA agents and special forces with Afghan support in a top secret operation ran off the Taliban out of the major cities; at a cost of $1 billion (mostly payoffs) and only one American killed? You see, it can be done with less and for less. After 10 years, even the Republicans are calling for the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan. The liberals wanted us out for moral (wasted lives) issues. The conservatives want us out for financial (wasted money)
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NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | November 8, 2011
For the second year, the veterans' job fair took place at the Imperial Valley Mall food court Thursday, bringing 70 employers, exhibitors and vendors close to those in need of direction and employment. The event is “bigger and better” than the first one,” said Cathy Vizcarra, program manager for the state Employment Development Department. Veterans suffer equal if not higher unemployment than civilians, she said. Which is why the event tried to showcase the qualities of veterans, she said.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 4, 2011
Women decked out in red, white and blue watched attentively as flags were presented in honor of armed service members who have been prisoners of war and missing in action. The Women's 10,000 Club, a philanthropic group that has roots leading back more than 100 years, held a POW/MIA ceremony at their meeting Thursday ahead of next week's Veteran's Day. It was important to have the ceremony as members of the club are very patriotic, said President Flora M. “Cokie” Birdsong.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Staff Writer | July 28, 2011
Korean War Veteran Armistice Day was celebrated statewide Wednesday. Local Korean War veterans were honored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez with a state proclamation during a morning ceremony. For more information read today's print edition or  E-Edition of the Imperial Valley Press. To find a newspaper rack near you, click here . 
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 3, 2011
CALEXICO — Alfonso Cordero, 90, was working at a local retail store making 24 cents an hour in 1941 when he heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Three years later, at 23, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Out of love for his country, he felt it was his duty to serve, he said. In February 1945, he boarded a ship with about 5,000 soldiers and traveled from San Francisco to Papua New Guinea over the course of 30 days.   Cordero was born in Calexico and had never been farther from home than San Diego before then.
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Staff report | June 20, 2011
Brawley resident Richard Allen Partridge, Jr., has been named as the 80th Assembly District's "2011 Veteran of the Year. " The U.S. Marine Corps veteran enlisted with the military in 1984 and was stationed in Jordan during Desert Storm, according to a press release from Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. Throughout his 15-year military career, he received various awards and honors. “Mr. Partridge is a proud veteran who is deserving of recognition not only for his service to our country, but also for his ongoing dedication to veterans and his many contributions to the wellbeing of the Imperial Valley,” Pérez said in a statement.
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | June 1, 2011
When I was a child I remember Daddy and Mama gathering all the greenery and flowers they could find to take to the cemetery on what was then called Decoration Day. Mama liked including small pine branches to anchor everything in place. She was very clever at making the small sprays. After my parents died I enlisted the help of my children, and later the grandchildren when they were in town. They would be armed with whisk brooms and rags, and small buckets of water to wipe off the grave markers.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | May 30, 2011
In their gray and blue uniforms, soldiers representing the Union and the Confederacy joined with other service members Monday to give a 21-gun salute in honor of veterans who have died in the line of duty. This year’s Memorial Day ceremony in downtown El Centro brought back history for the 150-year anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. “These brave soldiers on both sides of the conflict, wearing blue and grey, deserve our recognition 150 years later,” said keynote speaker Capt.
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Roy A. Johnson | Westmorland resident, WWII veteran | May 29, 2011
Memorial Day will soon be here. The Brawley Veteran's Memorial Wall of Honor is a beautiful tribute to all veterans who have attended Brawley Union Hiqh School during any war, and. all high school-age younsters in Westmorland attending Brawley High School. During World War II, Westmorland's area sent 150 service personnel to the fight. Thirteen were killed in action (KIA) , and 9 were wounded. During WWII the population in and around Westmorland numbered about 1,400 or roughly 10% of the population went in the Armed Services.
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