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Military Minute - August 17th

Mental Health in our Veteran Community

Military Minute - August 17th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing covers the upcoming defense spending budget, a WWII veteran returning a Japanese flag to the fallen soldier's family, mental health for the veteran community and JBLM's Centennial Celebration.



Mattis: Continuing resolution ‘about as unwise as can be’

"With the fiscal year set to expire at the end of September, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is warning that a stopgap funding measure would have a serious impact on a Pentagon attempting to modernize its capabilities.

Operating under a continuing resolution, or CR, would be “about as unwise as can be,” Mattis told reporters this week at the Pentagon.

'We cannot start new programs, so where you’re trying to adjust to the changing character of warfare — electronic warfare, space issues, cyber issues, counter-UAS efforts … we cannot start those new programs...'” 

U.S. WWII vet returns flag to fallen Japanese soldier’s family

"The former U.S. Marine knew the calligraphy-covered flag he took from a fallen Japanese soldier 73 years ago was more than a keepsake of World War II. When Marvin Strombo finally handed the flag back to Sadao Yasue’s younger brother and sisters Tuesday, he understood what it really meant to them.

Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it, then he held Strombo’s hands and kissed them. His elder sister Sayoko Furuta, sitting in her wheelchair, covered her face with both hands and wept silently as Tatsuya placed the flag on her lap.

The flag is a treasure that will fill a deep void for Yasue’s family.

The flag Strombo handed to Yasue’s siblings is the first trace of their brother. The Japanese authorities only gave them a wooden box containing a few rocks, a substitution for the remains that have never been found." 

JBLM Centennial Celebration - August 18th


JBLM celebrates its first 100 years on Friday, Aug. 18 with a Centennial Ceremony on Watkins Field beginning at 4 p.m. There will also be historic equipment displays and military re-enactors in the Lewis Main historic cantonment area on 3rd St. for guests to enjoy beginning at 3 p.m. The Centennial Ceremony is free and open to the public, DOD ID cardholders, and their guests." 

2017 VA Mental Health Summit

Next Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle is hosting their 2017 Mental Health Summit. In this event, community partners share information on suicide prevention, access to care and family services. You can find more info by following this link to the event.