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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by the recent earthquake in Nepal.  If you want to help, consider donating to +UNICEF via #OneTodayhttps://onetoday.google.com/p/mjsxg_gq

If you have information about someone in Nepal or are seeking information about a loved one, we encourage you to visit Google Person Finder (http://goo.gl/aH0Zca)

#Nepal   #NepalEarthquake   #Donate
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This innovative partnership will shrink a mission-critical skills gap by preparing Citizen Soldier cyber warriors for careers in and outside of the National Guard.

#veterans #vets
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On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is a Holocaust survivor, U.S. Army soldier, Korean War Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor recipient.

Tibor “Ted” Rubin was born in Paszto, Hungary. At age 13, he was transported to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and was liberated two years later by American combat troops during World War II. Both his parents and one of his sisters perished in the Holocaust.

Ted came to the U.S., in 1948. To show gratitude to those who liberated him, Ted joined the U.S. Army in 1950. He was sent to South Korea to fight with I Company, Eighth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division during the Korean War. In October 1950, Ted’s unit was overrun by Chinese troops and Ted was captured and sent to a POW camp. Almost every night under threat of certain death, Ted would break out of the prison, steal food from the North Korean supply depots and break back in to the camp to distribute the food to his fellow soldiers. He and the remaining captured soldiers were finally released from the camp after 30 months of imprisonment.

In 2005, President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Honor to Ted in a ceremony at the White House, for his actions during the Korean War.

Thank you for your service, Ted!
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Congratulations, Captain Katie Higgins! 
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins. Katie was selected to join the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, in 2014. This past weekend at the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show, Katie made history, becoming the first female Blue Angel pilot to fly during a demonstration.

Katie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 and received her flight wings in 2011. She then reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Katie deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF and to Africa with a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, logging 400 hours of combat flight hours between the two deployments.

Since joining the Blue Angels, Katie has logged more than 1,000 flight hours. She pilots the Blue Angels’ C-130 aircraft known as “Fat Albert.”

The third-generation military aviator told CBS News, “It just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here, and if that is inspiring to people, if that's inspiring to little girls around the country, then I'm doing my job.”

Thank you for your service, Katie! #SemperFi
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+Team Rubicon  really got into the April Fool's Day spirit today! Donating to Team Rubicon means helping veterans and the communities we live in. We are a proud to partner with them. Learn more at teamrubiconusa.org   #vets   #veterans  
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We were delighted to host Elliot Ackerman for +Talks at Google. Elliot, a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars and White House Fellow, is the author of Green on Blue, a stirring novel about a young Afghan orphan and the harrowing, intractable nature of war. Check out the recording of our conversation with Elliot where we discussed his debut novel, Green on Blue, his deployments, his upcoming novel and his experiences abroad.

Check out Green on Blue, here on Google Play: http://goo.gl/QvmseN

About the Author:
Elliot Ackerman is a writer based out of Istanbul. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone among others. He is also a contributor to The Daily Beast, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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We honor the seven MARSOC Marines and four Citizen Soldier crew members of the UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed tragically last week during a training exercise. We offer our sincerest condolences to their loved ones.
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Rest in peace Leonard Nimoy. Thank you for your service, both in +The U.S. Army​ and aboard the starship Enterprise.


#LLAP   #LeonardNimoy   #veteran   #veterans   #vets  
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Do the little ones in your military family love watching +YouTube? Check out the new app that lets kids watch videos and helps parents rest a little easier. Get it today on Android and iOS in the U.S.: http://g.co/go/bmpt4

#veterans   #vets   #militaryfamilies   #kidsactivities  
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Congratulations to filmmakers Dana Perry, Ellen Goosenberg Ken and the dedicated employees who staff the +U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs' suicide hotline in Canandaigua, New York on their Oscar win last night in the Documentary Short category.

#veterans   #vets   #oscars2015   #oscarwinners  
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