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November 10, 2014
VETERANS DAY: It's not the holiday where we honor the sacrifices of our military men and women, but the day we mark yet another year of our shabby treatment of them. Last year, for example, we marked the holiday by a report that found 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. This year's annual Veterans Health Administration scandal is also stomach turning: a report in May that at least 40 patients had died waiting for care at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. The revelations of serious backlogs and secret waiting lists led to the eventual resignation of Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than two decades, Bancroft NeuroRehab in Cherry Hill has been helping adults with brain injuries relearn such everyday tasks as cooking, cleaning, walking, and speaking. The highly individualized program also helps patients, including veterans, strengthen skills needed to reenter the workforce. The center treats people with an array of conditions, including Alzheimer's, dementia, and hypoxic and traumatic brain injuries. "After acquiring a neurological illness, you need to relearn things you could do before," Cynthia Boyer, NeuroRehab executive director, said Friday.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Eric Frein will get a legal team with decades of murder trial experience, including a lawyer who has both prosecuted and defended death penalty cases. The Pike County Public Defender's Office on Monday confirmed that a judge had appointed Robert Bernathy and Michael Weinstein to represent Frein, the alleged killer of a state trooper, who was captured Thursday after a 48-day manhunt in the Poconos. Weinstein confirmed that he was appointed at a rate of $178 an hour and that he met Monday with Frein in prison.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
EDWARD F. Crawford Sr. packed enough drama in his life to severely tax any normal man. He was a highly decorated Marine veteran of three wars, who received five Purple Hearts for wounds. He was an Upper Darby Township Police Officer, state constable serving into his 80s, a boxer with a few professional bouts, and the founder of a boxing gym that saved many kids from the temptations of the streets. Ed Crawford, who served a total of 40 years in the Marines, including stints in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, and retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gunner, died Sunday.
SPORTS
October 25, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
A chill wind blew off the Delaware River as the U.S. women's soccer team ran onto PPL Park's field Thursday evening to prepare for its CONCACAF Women's Championship 2014 semifinal match with Mexico a night later. Instinctively, as if they were students drawn to her for wisdom, several of the American players gathered around Christie Rampone. Rampone, a 39-year-old New Jersey mother of two, is the aged guru of the U.S. squad, which can guarantee itself a spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory Friday night.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gently rolling land at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is usually a quiet, contemplative place. Flags flap in the breeze, visitors kneel at graves with flowers, and a line of cars heads to graveside services. But these days, the peace and serenity of the state-operated Burlington County cemetery is often broken by the sounds of heavy construction - part of a federally funded $18 million, three-year-long improvement project making way for more burials.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE ACTIVITY ROOM was full of quiet men in wheelchairs. Women in nursing scrubs popped in to say hello to one of them, Edward Brown, and he smiled and blew kisses back in their direction. A therapist who worked at the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, Cumberland County, hugged Brown briefly and leaned against a doorway, drying her eyes as she smiled at him. "He's a beautiful man," the woman, Donna Hickman, said. Brown, 94, seemed untouched by age on this October morning, his memory sparkling in high-definition, his electric wheelchair far too fast for the administration's comfort.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN JIM THOMPSON was growing up in South Philadelphia, he worked for a time at a newsstand across the street from his home on 24th Street. It was there that he developed an abiding interest in current events, digesting the headlines and stories in the local papers of the happenings of his day. He carried this interest through his life, and always enjoyed engaging family and friends in discussions of what was going on in the world, including the...
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
At one point during the chaos and carnage of D-Day, the USS Frankford sailed so close to Omaha Beach that it scraped bottom. The destroyer's big guns blasted German machine-gun positions and helped pinned-down GIs advance on June 6, 1944, when all seemed lost. Tom Potts, then a teenager from Moorestown, was manning an antiaircraft gun on the Frankford's deck amid the cacophony of fire - and lost most of his hearing that day 70 years ago. After numerous surgeries and hearing aids, the now-89-year-old from Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County, still has trouble following conversations and is among four million disabled service members who returned home with the lingering effects of war. Next Sunday, all of them will be honored with the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington.
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