Washington Post: USA Discounters hooks some service members with credit before springing the debt trap

By Warren Nabours

The Washington [DC] Post published a story about USA Discounters business practices. Here is an extract from one paragraph that kind of explains the story:

“[Army Spc. Angel] Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters’ easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company’s Virginia Beach headquarters.”

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Pierce College hires Col. Mark Haskins as new Executive Director for Military Programs

Mark Haskins

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Retired United States Air Force Col. Mark Haskins will join Pierce College as the new Executive Director of Military Programs later this summer. As a former director of warfighting education for the United States Air Force LeMay Center for Doctrine and Education, Haskins brings with him a distinguished career in the military, along with extensive educational knowledge. He also served as commander, department chair and professor of Air Force Studies at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. [Read more...]

Lakewood Chamber: JBLM could lose 16,000 more jobs

The Army recently completed a 2014 Supplemental Programmatic Environment Assessment (SPEA), which poses that Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) could lose up to 16,000 military and civilian jobs.

You’ll recall that the South Sound recently lost the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (Lakewood’s Community Connector). This reduction was the result of the initial 2013 Programmatic Environment Assessment (PEA).

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2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Change of Command

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will welcome a new commander and bid farewell to their present commander 10 a.m. Thursday at Watkins Parade Field on JBLM Lewis Main.

Lt. Col. Jay Bartholomees will assume command from Col. Gregory K. Anderson during the change of command ceremony.

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Clinic Pairs Disabled Vets with PGA Professionals

LAKEWOOD — Disabled veterans from around the country will converge on the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash., for the second annual National Down Range Golf Clinic, a therapeutic program for disabled veterans coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The only clinic in the country to be held this year, it will team PGA professionals and veterans with a range of disabilities and diagnoses, including spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, traumatic brain injuries and amputees. The clinic’s goal is to deliver one-on-one golf instruction, resources and support to improve health through sport. The event takes place Monday, July 28 beginning at 8 a.m.

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Caring for Kids Needs Your Help

Caring for Kids, an all-volunteer community organization, is preparing for their annual back to school events for kids on free and reduced lunch. The sites in August are Lochburn Middle School the 9th which is the main event. Special area events are Springbrook Park the 12th for the Springbrook area and Tillicum Community Center the 14th for the Woodbrook/Tillicum area. Last year we helped 3,626 in need with a backpack, school supplies and hygiene products. In addition at Lochburn families have access to good used clothing, immunizations, haircuts, sports physicals, face painting, and lunch. We only serve Lakewood, JBLM, Steilacoom and University Place. If you would like to volunteer at any of these events or make a donation please contact Diane at carekids@comcast.net or 253-279-9777.

ACU wins four MAC Awards

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, WA – America’s Credit Union (ACU) recently received four awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC)—two gold awards in their asset category for the credit union’s Eric the Hipster coordinated campaign and viral videos and two silver awards for a social media campaign and outdoor media. ACU was also a finalist for the association’s Best in Show award.

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