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August 16, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few months ago, Brian Wojciechowski's wife noticed him struggling for air in his sleep. Concerned he might have sleep apnea, he called the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs hospital. The wait for an appointment? More than three months. "People can die from it without any notice," said Wojciechowski, 33, of Voorhees. "It concerns me. " Veterans seeking appointments at the VA hospital in University City often face longer waits - two weeks longer for a new-patient primary-care slot and more for specialists - than if they sought private treatment, a comparison of wait times shows.
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August 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard B. Grossman, 95, of Philadelphia, a decorated World War II veteran, died Thursday, July 31, of sepsis and heart failure in the VA Medical Center's Hospice Unit. Mr. Grossman, a Philadelphia native and Central High graduate, trained as an Army rifleman and served with the Bushmasters, an elite unit that fought in the South Pacific. The Bushmasters were well-versed in hand-to-hand combat and jungle patrol techniques, and used high-powered rifles and long machetes. They subsisted in the jungle for weeks at a time, and depended on one another for survival.
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August 14, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The thunderous boom of modified wheelchairs crashing into one another filled a massive hall at the Convention Center on Tuesday, giving a preview of what's to come across the region in the next few days. As two six-member teams of military veterans in wheelchairs squared off in an exhibition of quad rugby, Mason Symons explained what makes the rugged and fast-paced sport they call "murder ball" special. "This is why I came here," said Symons, a paralyzed Army veteran and native of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County.
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August 13, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some saw combat. Some did not. Some were wounded in war. Some were not. Yet all 650 men and women streaming into Philadelphia this week to race one another along the banks of the Schuylkill, or shoot targets, swing bats, swim, or compete for medals at rugby, table tennis, basketball, and soccer have served in the military. And - like Bruce Husted of Marlton, who was thrown from a motorcycle while on active duty in the Navy in 1978 - they all compete in wheelchairs. Their numbers promise to make the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which begin Tuesday in Philadelphia and three South Jersey towns, the largest in the Olympic-style games' 34-year history.
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August 1, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ON LABOR DAY 1998, William Bonie was shot in the back and paralyzed in a holdup in West Philadelphia. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a condition that might have discouraged a lesser man. Not William Edward Bonie Jr. "That never stopped him from doing what he wanted to do," his family said. "He never had a negative word to say about anyone. He never complained. " William, a Coast Guard veteran and a man of many talents and strong opinions, died July 21 of cardiac arrest.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
COOKIE ROJAS in 1964 was only three seasons into a 16-year, four-team career. But for a while after his playing days had ended, that year and the Phillies' notorious late-season collapse still "seemed like it was yesterday. " As time has worn on, though, and Rojas' family has expanded to include 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, the former Phillies' utility man (1963-69) and fan favorite says that oft-discussed season feels much further in the past. A five-time All-Star who also played with the Reds, Cardinals and Royals, Rojas, now 75, went on to manage and coach in the big leagues following his accomplished playing tenure.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE USS PASADENA slammed through some of the toughest battles in the South Pacific in World War II. The light cruiser earned six battle stars in engagements against Luzon and Formosa, covered landings for the bitter battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, then hammered military and industrial targets on the Japanese coast in anticipation of an invasion. And Bud Hendrick was there. The invasion never happened, of course. The Japanese surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945, after two atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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July 10, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an accelerated project announced Wednesday by the research arm of the Pentagon, University of Pennsylvania scientists will lead a complex national effort to treat memory impairment by delivering very small doses of electricity to the brain. The agency is funding the $22.5 million, four-year effort to seek treatments for the thousands of returning veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury. A similar $15 million project is to be led by the University of California, Los Angeles.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin McCloskey, 27, is getting married in May to a girl he first kissed under the Wildwood boardwalk in fifth grade. At least that's what he says. She swears it was the summer after sixth grade, maybe seventh. "Every time he tells the story," says Bridget McGeehan, 27, "it gets earlier and earlier. " Kevin and Bridget, who grew up blocks apart in Mayfair, own a house now in Elkins Park. They have two dogs, a mastiff, Murdock, who pees at the slightest excitement, and a tougher little terrier named Dean, as in Martin.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
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