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Property Tax Exemption Extended to Veterans’ Surviving Spouses

Texas continues to do its part to help military veterans and their families. A full homestead property tax exemption that began in 2009 for totally disabled veterans will extend to their surviving spouses after January 1.

This means spouses of disabled veterans who have died won't have to give up the property tax exemption their late spouses were entitled to.

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F-16 Pilot Ready to Give Her Life on 9-11

Of all the big and small stories to come out of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, few are more heart-rending than that of a young Air National Guard  pilot who was ready and willing to crash her unarmed F-16 jet fighter into one of the hijacked passenger airliners to keep more people from being killed.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Troops Returning From Iraq War Have Americans Split — Survey of the Day

Earlier this week, the Pentagon declared the end of the Iraq War, an almost nine-year conflict which claimed 4,487 American lives and removed Saddam Hussein from power. Now, Americans are are conflicted over whether the entire endeavor was worth it.

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Former POW Jessica Lynch Gets College Degree – Wants to Teach

Former US Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is now Jessica Lynch B.A., and on her way to being a teacher.  She has graduated from West Virginia University with an education degree, with plans to get a Master's degree in Communication and teach it some day.

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VA Cemetery Director Leaves Houston

It's been learned that the controversial director of the VA's Houston National Cemetery has been transferred to an administrative position at the VA's National Cemeteries Administration in Washington D.C.

Arleen Ocasio asked that she be transferred out of Houston.

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Pearl Harbor Attack Survivors Buried With Shipmates

In one of the most poignant reminders of that "day that will live in infamy", more old sailors who survived the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor have died, and have been taken back to Hawaii to be buried in their sunken ships with their shipmates.

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This Day in History for December 7 – Pearl Harbor Attacked and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (More info)

1941 – In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the US naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (More info)

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Former Marine Can’t Stop Sending Spam to Troops Overseas

Most of us get annoyed when we receive spam, but one Maryland man has spent countless hours and money sending Spam to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan so they can have a little bit of home while they’re away.

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