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Military Minute - October 3rd

Veteran's with Alzheimers, Zombie Races, and Tacoma Film Festival

Military Minute - October 3rd
On today's Military Minute, we discuss a new study linking higher Alzheimer's rates to veterans, the death of a soldier in Iraq this past weekend, the Tacoma Film Festival and a run at JBLM perfect for Walking Dead fans.


Advocates warn war injuries could lead to Alzheimer’s disease

Veterans face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than civilians who never served in the military, presenting a major medical challenge to the country’s responsibilities for veterans’ health care, advocates said in a new report Monday.

The analysis — compiled by the new group Veterans Against Alzheimer’s — note that post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and even more minor neurotrauma associated with military service all significantly increase the risk of developing the fatal disease.

The number of Department of Veterans Affairs enrollees with Alzheimer’s doubled from 2004 to 2014, and is expected to grow higher still in years to come. More than 750,000 older veterans nationwide suffer from the disease or associated dementias. 

Pentagon identifies 10th Mountain soldier killed in Iraq

"The Pentagon on Tuesday released the name of the soldier killed Sunday in Iraq.

Spc. Alexander Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle on Sunday in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, according to a statement from the Defense Department.

Missildine was a motor transport operator assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Missildine joined the Army in 2015. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in September.

Missildine is a recipient of the Bronze Star. 

Zombie Apocalypse Run

Break out your best Zombie-fighting attire - it's time for the latest event from JBLM Races. The Zombie Apocalypse Run lets you show off all of that important survival guidance you learned from the Walking Dead and Zombieland. Don't forget, rule number 1 is Cardio! Sign up here. 

Tacoma Film Festival 

The Film Festival, also known as TFF, is going on its 12th year. Since 2006, the annual week-long festivity provides films, workshops, events and discussions to its patrons. This year, the Washington Military Resource Media is proud to be involved in the celebration of art and film. The Tacoma Film Festival and its host, the Grand Cinema, continue to provide visceral, profound and provoking art experiences that our military community at JBLM and the surrounding areas can take in. Read part 1 of our events guide here: