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Operation: Next Chapter is what Memorial Day is all about

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Memorial Day is right around the corner and while you’re relaxing in a patio chair with a loaded hot dog, you might want to reflect on the holiday itself. It exists for a reason. Nobody knows that better than Cym Lowell, author of Jaspar’s War (Rosemary Beach Press, 2014) and the creator of Operation: Next Chapter. Lowell, an international tax attorney and Vietnam veteran, decided to give back to the men and women who have served our country. That’s what Operation: Next Chapter is all about. Lowell donates 100 percent of the proceeds from his books (his newest, Harvest of Gold, comes out this year) to the Soldiers’ Angels Valour-IT program and the Patriot PAWS Service Dogs organization. The former program has raised about $17,000 and donated…

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Vietnam Operation Babylift’s 40th celebrates second chances

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On April 30, 1975, Saigon was mere days from falling. The communists were coming and it was a race to escape. In the midst of the turmoil, thousands of Vietnamese orphans, many of whom were fathered by American servicemen, were at risk until President Gerald Ford answered the pleas of international children’s organizations  and ordered the evacuation of nearly 3,000 children. Now, 40 years later, those who participated in the initiative celebrate the anniversary and reflect on the frantic days when saving children became a top priority. Perhaps most compelling is the story of flight attendant Jan Wollett, who was aboard the World Airways DC-8 cargo plane that delivered the first round of orphaned children to the United States. She…

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