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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 11:00 pm

Gomes completes basic training

Air Force Airman Cory J. Gomes has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Regina Picciuto of Ahwatukee Foothills and Victor Gomes of Oakdale, Calif. Gomes is a 2006 graduate of Desert Vista High School.


Veterans’ Expo coming up

A free benefits expo for local military members and veterans will be held from 9 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the American Legion Mathew B. Juan Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Expo information will include health care, education, employment opportunities and more. A veterans’ town hall meeting will take place at 10 a.m.

For more information, call Axinia Shade at (480) 558-2052.


Tickets available for USMC Birthday Ball

The 234th USMC Birthday Ball is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes.

Tickets are $45 per person and include a full served prime rib dinner, music for dancing by the 108th Army Band, Tempe Police Bagpipes, bulldog mascot, color guard, static displays, traditional ceremonies and hundreds of men and women Marines from all eras of service, resplendent in medals, decorations and dress uniforms.

For tickets or more information, call Rich Hippner at (480) 883-9393 or Chuck Crist at (480) 250-0984 or visit


TShirts 4 Soldiers helps people connect

The Home Sweet Home Campaign’s new program, TShirts 4 Soldiers, is helping people connect with their deployed loved ones. This unique and fun way to send a piece of your heart and home to a service member you love is making a big splash in the military world. Spouses, children, mothers and more are designing one-of-a-kind T-shirts and having them shipped directly to their loved one. In turn, service members are sending T-shirts they have designed back home to their family and friends.

For every T-shirt sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program, which seeks to remove the financial barrier that prohibits veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries from receiving the treatment they need.

To learn more, go to or contact Beth Ann VanHoose at (618) 567-1384 or e-mail

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