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Johnson qualifies 22nd for Sunday’s race

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Driver Jerick Johnson drove The American Legion/David law Firm 76 Freedom Car to the outside of row 11 during qualification runs Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.

Johnson is competing Sunday in the Champion Racing Association's Super Series Late Model division as part of CRA's Fall Brawl featuring nearly 140 cars in five racing divisions. Racec begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. Johnson and the rest of the Super Series Late Model drivers are scheduled to compete in the fifth race of the day, a 100-lap feature around the .686-mile asphalt oval.

"We are a little disappointed in the ‘Dark Knight' today (the team's nickname for the black 76 Freedom Car.)," Johnson said after qualifying 22nd in a 37-car field. "We got off to a slow start in the first practice session - completing only three laps. But we ran 19th fastest in the second session."

Disappointment aside, Johnson is expecting a better finish than his Lucas Oil Raceway appearance in June. A mechanical problem sidelined the 76 Freedom Car early in the race.

"In spite of our 22nd spot on the grid, we feel like we have a top-10 car," Johnson said. "Be smart, race smart and we should be in the hunt at the end."

Johnson brings to Indianapolis and the CRAs event a record of six wins, 14 top-10 finishes, and five DNFs in 19 starts this season.


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Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional $10.3 Million to Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

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Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the $59.5 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year.

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Website offers opportunity to thank veterans

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The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has created a website that will allow visitors to provide a thank-you in a variety of ways to the men and women who have worn a military uniform in service to their country. The goal of the initiative is to have 1 million visits to the site by Veterans Day.

Site visitors can send their thanks three ways:

• Provide a written message, explaining what Veterans Day means to that person, honoring a specific veterans or providing a general thank you.
• Upload a photo showing gratitude to the men and women who have served, or to a special veteran. "Thank you for my freedom" signs are also available to download and personalize.
• Use a video message to explain why Veterans Day is important, what freedom means, to honor a personal connection or to just say thank you.

Visitors also are encouraged to spread the word about the site through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


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Two veterans join HVAC

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Reps. Mark Amodei of Nevada and Rob Turner of New York, both U.S. Army veterans, are the newest members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The pair's appointment to the committee was announced Oct. 4. (NV-02) and Bob Turner (NY-09), both veterans of the U.S. Army.

Amodei was a prosecutor for the Judge Advocate General Corps in the Army, handling criminal matters from 1984-1987. "As the father of a Gulf War veteran and someone who spent four years on active duty in the United States Army, I am thrilled to be given a chance to serve Nevada's veterans on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs," Amodei said.

Turner was a specialist in the Army from 1962-1965, stationed at Fort Polk, La.

"As a veteran myself, I will respect our government's sacred duty to treat all veterans of the United States Armed Forces with dignity and respect in light of their shared sacrifices in the name of our liberty and freedom," Turner said. "I am honored to have been asked to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and I look forward to working with Chairman Jeff Miller and my fellow committee members to ensure that these honorable individuals are protected."

Turner and Amodei will join the committee at its next full hearing on Oct. 12.


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