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Military Minute - October 19th

Marine Veterans Go Above and Beyond

Military Minute - October 19th
In today's Military Minute, ISIS loses its "capital" city of Raqqa, a Marine veteran crafts beautiful woodwork to honor his fallen brothers, another Marine vet runs 31 marathon in 31 days, and JBLM hosts a career opportunity fair.

ISIS Driven from Capital City Raqqa

"American-backed forces said on Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, a major blow to the militant group, which had long used the city as the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.

Celebrations erupted in Raqqa, where residents had lived under the repressive rule of militants who beheaded people for offenses as minor as smoking. Fighters could be seen cheering and firing celebratory gunfire in the streets, according to residents reached by phone and text message.

With the liberation of Raqqa, ISIS now controls only a small area of mostly desert towns along the Syrian and Iraqi border."

Former Marine honors 17 fallen brothers with woodwork

Anthony Marquez set out to give 17 families of fallen marines a custom woodwork battlefield cross, but his mission continues to grow. 

"I was in the Marine Corps, on our last deployment we had 17 Marines killed in action in 2011. I’m doing a carving of the battlefield cross and presenting it to each one of the 17 families."

Incredible work from XVII Carvings: 

Order your own Battlefield Cross here: 

Marine Veteran Completing 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Cities

Other than proving to himself and the world what he and other disabled veterans are capable of, Rob says on his website's mission statement:

"I set out to raise $1,000,000 for wounded veteran charities.  As of now, $125,000 has been raised.  This leaves me with $875,000 left to go.  I will continue this endeavor with the marathon challenge.  I will be supporting the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund." 

RecruitMilitary Job Fair

This event targets transitioning service members, spouses, dependents, and veterans. We provide the opportunity for service members, families and veterans to meet face to face with companies looking to hire. These companies are hiring for a multitude of different markets including Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Finance, Educational Institutions, Federal/Contract Positions, Transportation, Logistics and more. This event is free for those attending. To pre-register visit: