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Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs Joins Philadelphia VA Medical Center in Hosting Welcome Home Event June 14 on board Battleship New Jersey

Camden Waterfront, NJ -- The Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs is excited to join with Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC) to host its annual OEF/OIF Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Welcome Home Event and VA Information Day on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. This year’s event will take place on board the Battleship New Jersey, located on the Camden Waterfront, NJ.

June 14 is Flag Day and all Veterans will receive a flag when they visit (while supplies last).  The event is open to all Veterans and their families.  Guests can also take advantage of a special Veteran rate of $15 for a Fire Power audio tour. The Philadelphia VA Medical Center welcomes returning combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. “We want returning combat Veterans to know that the VA provides free health care for returning combat Veterans for 5 years from their release from active duty date,” said Emmanuel Estacio, Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn Program Manager at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Services include primary care, specialty care, family counseling, prescriptions, women’s health, behavioral health, and so much more.  The purpose of the event is to inform Veterans about services offered by the VA. This year the event will also include an information fair for all era Veterans.

“A variety of community and local government agencies will provide information about services provided to veterans and their family members,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Ed McDonnell, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to be a part of this event where the men and women in uniform who have served our nation can learn about the GI Bill, compensation benefits, and meet other veteran-friendly organizations.”

Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Join the Camden Waterfront as the attractions, including the Battleship, celebrate our nation’s birthday with “Freedom Fest” from July 1 through 7.  The Battleship will offer special tours throughout the week, Military displays and even allow a guests to fire a gun each day!  For more information, Visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org or call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 108.

LaMontagne in the sky with diamonds

For all the talk of New England singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne's folksy craft and winsome ways, in 2014 the gentle beardo with the raspy voice and nicely rhapsodic vibes has added dramatic psychedelia to his mix.

At first, LaMontagne's dip into hallucinogenic waters could only be found on his new album, Supernova, produced by Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. But with Saturday's show at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center, LaMontagne proved he was taking Supernova's tip and moving toward trippy Timothy Leary-inspired sights and sounds to go with his heartfelt emotionalism - an electric Kool-Aid acid test with maple syrup replacing the psilocybin.

What audiences adore about LaMontagne was recognizable throughout his robust performance, which followed Jason Isbell's effectively rocking if unremarkable opening act. On "Beg Steal or Borrow," he still sounded like the coddled love child of Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison as he addressed a young man's fancy turning from his hometown's narrow-mindedness toward howling at the moon.

His swoon-worthy vocals - whispering through a strummed acoustic din, tickling falsetto highs during fuzzy quiet moments, registering on the romantic Richter scale at a hoarse, low rumble - made him pastoral pop's primary voice of romantic reason.

How romantic? There was a proposal in the audience during the show. LaMontagne's voice makes you want to bend your knees.

Still, it was his music's development of kaleidoscopic, psychotronic power that was most impressive when it came to LaMontagne's set. Not only did new songs like "She's the One" and his recently released album's title track sound gutsier and sexier than his usual heart-melting mien, the one-two punch of his opening - featuring "Gossip in the Grain," the title track from his 2008 album, and the swirling, churchy organ's hum "Lavender" - was one of the finest salvos I've heard.

The mix of ambient, churning electric and acoustic guitars, gently snapped snares, and yawning countryish melodies created a purple psychedelic haze for LaMontagne's quietly commanding and passionate voice to swerve through.

I could have listened to that opening all night.

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50 States Series: Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For

When raising children, it can be difficult to find an ideal vacation destination that appeals to all family members. Will it be safe? Will it be relaxing? Will my six-year-old meet the height requirements or will my three-year-old be scared? Will my twelve-year-old actually look up from her phone for five minutes? All are valid questions when planning out your next trip.

You want a vacation that will be memorable, fun, will provide hours of entertainment and gigabytes of photographs. We’ve searched through every state in the U.S. to find the 50 top family attractions worth traveling for. Museums, zoos, parks, roadside attractions, sightseeing spots, and many, many more were considered for the list. Some of these entires you've heard of before, and some are diamonds in the rough. So check out our list and start planning a trip the whole family will never forget:

Alabama (Tuscaloosa)Alabama Museum of Natural History

Alaska (Anchorage): Alaska Wild Berry Products

Arizona (Tucson): Tucson Children's Museum

Arkansas (Gentry): Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari

California (San Francisco): Aquarium of the Bay

Colorado (Morrison): Dinosaur Ridge

Connecticut (Bridgeport): Barnum Museum

Delaware (Wilmington): Kalmar Nyckel

Florida (West Palm Beach): Palm Beach Zoo

Georgia (Atlanta): Atlanta Botanical Garden

Hawaii (Waikoloa): Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Idaho (Coeur d'Alene): North Idaho Fair & Rodeo

Illinois (Rockford): Discovery Center Museum

Indiana (Fishers): Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Iowa (Waterloo): Lost Island

Kansas (Shawnee): Wonderscope

Kentucky (Louisville): Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Louisiana (New Orleans): Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

Maine (Portland): Children's Museum & Theater of Maine

Maryland (Rockville): Go Ape

Massachusetts (Plymouth): Plimoth Plantation

Michigan (Detroit): Michigan Science Center

Minnesota (Brainerd): Paul Bunyan Land

Mississippi (Pearlington): Infinity Science Center

Missouri (St. Louis): Grant's Farm

Montana (West Glacier): Glacier Outdoor Center

Nebraska (Omaha): Omaha Children's Museum

Nevada (Ely): Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Monument

New Hampshire (Laconia): Funspot

New Jersey (Camden): Camden Children's Garden

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Explora Science Center

New York (Brooklyn): Jane's Carousel

North Carolina (Chimney Rock): Chimney Rock State Park

North Dakota (Bismarck): Sleepy Hollow Theater & Arts Park

Ohio (Cleveland): A Christmas Story House & Museum

Oklahoma (Tulsa): Tulsa Air & Space Museum

Oregon (Warrenton): High Life Adventures

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Please Touch Museum

Rhode Island (Providence): WaterFire

South Carolina (Greenville): Falls Park

South Dakota (Rapid City): Reptile Garden

Tennessee (Chattanooga): Tennessee Aquarium

Texas (Dallas): Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Utah (Bingham Canyon): Kennecott Copper Mine

Vermont (Waterbury): Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour

Virginia (Harrisonburg): Explore More Discovery Museum

Washington (Sequim): Olympic Game Farm

West Virginia (Charleston): Clay Center

Wisconsin (Milwaukee): Milwaukee Zoo

Wyoming (Thermopolis): Wyoming Dinosaur Center & Dig Sites

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of Restaurants,Marathons, and Museums.

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