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    Korean War ended 60 years ago

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. I think of all the wars this country has been involved in -- and that's a lot -- this one is talked about least. I didn't know a ...

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    VA needs to assist Pearl Harbor survivor now

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I spent some time the other day talking with a Vietnam War veteran. He acknowledged that the welcome back to the U.S. for soldiers today is a lot different than during the Vietnam era -- but he wasn't concerned about ...

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    A different side

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I am a reporter and have been for a long, long time. Depending on when I start counting, more than 30 years. But I have a different side, too. And I invite you to discover that side Sunday at the ...

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    Warrior's wounds might not all be visible

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I have a story planned for Monday's paper about a former World War II prisoner of war. I never met Alfred Zbranek. In fact, he died on April 19 at 97 and will never see the story. But writing about ...

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    Why Emmitt Came

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    How awesome was it that someone the caliber of Emmitt Smith came to Victoria to speak. Not only did he deliver an inspirational message for a large crowd at Faith Family Church, he met with smaller groups of young people ...

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    Random Act of Kindness

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    The coolest thing happened to me this morning. If I am on time when I leave for work, I sometimes stop at a convenience store on the way and get a coffee. Today was no different. I exchanged "good mornings" ...

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    Hospice Helps

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I kiss my mother gently on her forehead. Sometimes she stirs, wakes up momentarily and says, "Hey baby!" Other times she just sleeps, unaware of my presence. Visiting mom every weekend in The Heights nursing home in Gonzales is something ...

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    Perks

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    One of the great things about my job and the covering the nonprofit beat, is the awesome events that area organizations put together as fundraisers and that I, from time to time, am privileged enough to attend. Last week was ...

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    Cats Need Help, Too

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    An Advocate reporter is out among the public every day. We "range" at various restaurants, and other places in Victoria and into the counties around Victoria asking the question of the day, talking to people about story ideas, hearing complaints ...

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    Why we do what we do

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    Just overheard a widow dropping off a thank you note to run in the newspaper. "I so enjoy the Advocate in the morning with my coffee. It's like an old friend coming to my home every day,"' she said. That's ...

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