January 17, 1986
Short days ago the President was mourning the deaths of our soldiers in Newfoundland and acknowledging the debt the country owes to our armed forces and our veterans. Later we read that the President's budget for 1987 will drastically cut the health care benefits for those same veterans. Martin and Dorothy Ulan Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
July 19, 2010
A job expo targeted to veterans will be held Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Club. RecruitMilitary L.L.C. of Cincinnati, the event organizer, says the event is open to anyone just returning from active duty and members of the guard, as well as their spouses. Employers and educational institutions, as well as veterans service agencies and veterans associations are among the 35 organizations expected to be on hand, the organizer said. More information here . - Roslyn Rudolph
May 26, 2013 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - They arrived in wheelchairs, on crutches, and with canes, but they left with Segway personal transportation devices, car lifts to carry them, and just a bit more of the independence they had before war took their limbs, burned their faces, and injured their spinal cords. Working one-on-one with trainers, young veterans stepped cautiously at first onto two-wheeled Segway platforms that use gyroscope technology to move with precision as riders shift their weight in the direction they want to go. Later, volunteers took them into a historic northern Virginia neighborhood to learn how to navigate on rough pavement, on grass, and through busy intersections.
January 25, 1999 |
Robert E. Owens steadied his shaking hands by alternately leaning on his umbrella and hugging his squirming grandson. "I want to go home," the grandson whispered with a pout. Owens, who says he is in his 70s, smiled but didn't budge from his flimsy folding chair in the crowded VFW Hall on Manor Avenue. His attention was transfixed on the stream of old and middle-aged veterans who marched to the front of the flag-decked room to receive medals and ribbons that had long been denied them.
April 18, 1991 |
With patriotism and support of the military at a peak, 4,000 veterans and widows of veterans across the state who live in nursing homes have gotten a little surprise. It's from the state. And, in effect, it's a bill. Through a little-noticed emergency regulation issued by the state Public Welfare Department, the veterans and widows have been advised that the state will no longer let them keep so-called aid and attendance benefit checks that range from $50 to $356 per month.
December 9, 2005 |
Going, going, gone - for $8,390. That's what a day in New York with Flavia Colgan, the MSNBC commentator and former top staffer to Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, went for this week on eBay. Since last Friday, Colgan was auctioning herself for charity - with the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania, where she serves on the board. The highest bidder gets to spend most of today with Colgan as she does television tapings, drops in on political parties, and generally makes the rounds of the town.
May 20, 2001 |
The military jacket of the late Leon Rennenbaum, Monroe Township's most decorated veteran of World War II, is now a part of the local historical society's permanent collection. The jacket, given to the Monroe Historical Society by Rennenbaum's widow, Helen, at ceremonies on May 12, is on display at the society's headquarters, the Ireland Hofer House, on Main Street in Williamstown. Rennenbaum, who died Feb. 7 at age 85, was a lifelong resident of Williamstown who, after entering the Army in 1941 as a private, rose to the rank of captain and served until 1947.
November 11, 1995 |
Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy have a combined 34 years of pro hockey experience, but they're playing like kids. Gartner, 36, in his 18th pro campaign, and Murphy, 34, in his 16th NHL season, scored two goals each last night as the Toronto Maple Leafs scored five times in the first period and coasted to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals. Gartner's goals were his ninth and 10th this season. With 639 in his career, he's the fifth-leading goal scorer of all time.
December 6, 1997 |
Robert M. Abraham, 78, a retired customer-service sales representative, died Monday of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at his daughter's home in Fort Washington. Mr. Abraham was a native of Latrobe in Westmoreland County and graduated from Latrobe High School. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1938 and 1939 and in the Army during World War II. He saw duty from 1941 until 1945 and was a staff sergeant with the Medical Corps as a surgical technician. He participated in the Normandy Beach invasion and in campaigns in northern France and the Rhineland, for which he received several commendations.
October 19, 2010 |
Two recent news stories speak volumes about the American veteran experience. And, contrary to expectations, neither is about suicides, post-traumatic stress disorder, or traumatic brain injury. Following the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first term since at least World War II without a veteran on the bench. Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal was caught fabricating military experience in Vietnam. These stories reflect a paradox: American civilians continue to love what veterans represent - duty, sacrifice, strength, leadership - but we have less and less true understanding of the veteran experience.