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Morning Express with Robin Meade

A fast, personal, and smart blend of all the news you want in the morning. We call it "News in the Fast Lane." So buckle up.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty surprises Navy officer Peter Theodoracopoulos

Navy man and NASCAR fan sails into Richard Petty ambush

Peter Theodoracopoulos is a Navy officer who loves NASCAR but has never been to a race.

So Morning Express Bleacher Report anchor Brain McFayden enlisted the help of ‘The King,’ the one and only Richard Petty, and Operation Inspiration to give him and his family the surprise of a lifetime.

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew has passed away

Last Enola Gay crewman dead at 93

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped the first atomic bomb in war, has died.

Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk navigated the Enola Gay, the bomber that deployed the weapon over Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Think Like a Man Too actress La La Anthony sends a military Salute to Troops on Morning Express with Robin Meade

La La to military: 'We love you'

Tell us about a military man or woman in your life on our special Salute to Troops iReport assignment page. You could see your hero on Morning Express with Robin Meade!

Don't miss: Can the stars of 'Think Like a Man Too' think like a woman

Hundreds of strangers attended the funeral of former RAF Bomber Command ground crew member, Harold Jellicoe Percival, following an online campaign sparked by a notice placed in a newspaper by the funeral directors.

Hundreds of strangers attend WWII vet's funeral

Don't miss Robin Meade's "Stories of Courage: K9's for Warriors." Encore presentations of this Veterans Day special will air on HLN Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.

See how service dogs are changing the lives of our American heroes.

The dog that changed one veteran's life

The dog that changed one veteran's life

Editor's Note: All week, HLN is taking a look at Stories of Courage - special coverage of our American heroes and their service animals, who are helping them readjust to civilian life.  Don't forget to watch Stories of Courage: K9s for Warriors, an HLN Special Presentation, premiering on Veterans Day, November 11, at 7 p.m. EST.

Karl Fleming joined the military because he needed a change in his life. He had a successful career with a shipping company but said he wanted to do something more. He found that something in the U.S. Army. Fleming began his service in 2009 and never looked back. 

Robin: Songwriting with vets was cathartic for all

Robin: Songwriting with vets was cathartic for all

Editor's Note: Our own Robin Meade joined a group of veterans as they participated in a program called "SongwritingWith: Soldiers." The program pairs veterans with songwriters in order to foster healing and therapeutic emotional release. Some of these soldiers' stories are featured in the HLN special, "Stories of Courage: Soldiers' Songs." The special airs Thursday, July 4 at 7p.m., ET. Watch the trailer here.

What is it about music that can touch you deep in the heart? Why can it say for you what you can't express on your own? What is it about words set to rhythm and melody that can reach the core of your being and elicit chills -- or make you well up with tears?

SongwritingWith:Soldiers helps veterans deal with the emotions of battle through music

You've got to hear these soldiers' songs

Our military loved ones don't get to leave their bad memories behind when they come home from war.

So a new program called "SongwritingWith:Soldiers" is helping service-members heal by putting their struggle into song.

Surprised soldier goes from fatigues to fabulous

Surprised soldier goes from fatigues to fabulous

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shameka McCloud of the 335th Signal Command in East Point, Georgia is a hard-working soldier, and devoted mom of a teenage daughter.  Given those qualifications we asked her to be a guest on Morning Express with Robin Meade to speak about her military experience... but here's the catch... there was no interview. This was a "Stories of Courage: The Give Back" makeover ambush!

We isolated SSG McCloud in a room and told her a producer would be coming up to walk her down to Studio H for her interview... but instead HLN's Robin Meade walked in with camera crew and surprised McCloud with a special day of pampering.

WWE champ makes soldier a Wrestlemania VIP

WWE champ makes soldier a Wrestlemania VIP

Every week leading up to Veterans Day, HLN has been recognizing the dedication of American service members in our "Stories of Courage: The Give Back" series.

On Friday, Natasha Curry welcomed Staff Sgt. Clay Ragsdale onto the Morning Express set.  He served in the Georgia National Guard for seven years. In 2009, Staff Sgt. Ragsdale was injured by shrapnel in Afghanistan, while serving with the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Now, he helps provide honors during military funerals at the Georgia National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters.

HLN sets vet up for success in civilian life

HLN sets vet up for success in civilian life

Richard Sisk joined the military when he was just 17, two weeks after he graduated high school.  He served in the Army for four years, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006.  But then, he decided it was time for a change.

Richard went back to school, eventually transferring to Kennesaw State University in Georgia, to get his degree in sports management and communication.  Even with a full class schedule, he found time to work at the university’s Veterans Resource Center, helping other vets like him navigate their transition to civilian life.