November 13, 2013 |
The seats outside of the chapel at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown began filling up early as final preparations were being made for Monday's Veterans Day ceremony. Richard Jacobowitz, a Marine Corps veteran, came out to "honor all those who served and pay respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. " He would later visit the grave of his brother-in-law, Cpl. Luigi Marciante Jr., who died in the war in Iraq. "He was 25 years old," said Jacobowitz, 43, of Jackson, Ocean County.
November 12, 2013
TODAY is the Veterans Day holiday. But if today is typical in all other respects, 22 American veterans will commit suicide. That brutal reality - 22 veteran suicides a day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs - is driven not just by what our vets are asked to withstand on the battlefield, but by our treatment of them once they come home. In fact, Veterans Day seems increasingly to have become the day we take stock of our failing of our veterans, rather than a day to honor them.
November 12, 2013
THEY WERE young and idealistic when they enlisted in the U.S. Army, right out of high school. Both men served overseas in wartime, protecting their country's interests. That's where the similarities end. Their experiences are separated by decades, social mores and very different outcomes. One of the brave soldiers I'm spotlighting today, thankfully, is still with us. Recognition for the other soldier's contribution comes late. But the sacrifice he made for his country has not gone unnoticed.
November 12, 2013 |
The veterans were in their late teens and early 20s when they fought in places that most people now know only from history books: Normandy, the Ardennes, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. But as the nation marks Veterans Day, 70 years later, their memories of World War II remain vivid, as if the physical and mental wounds of their service had been much more recent. Sam Laskin, 93, of Lower Providence Township, clearly recalls piloting a B-24 bomber, dubbed "Mean Kid," over a German target in France in 1944 when flak passed through his plane, seat, and right leg before exiting the fuselage.
November 10, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA While trapped inside a crashed Army Black Hawk helicopter during a demonstration for visiting brass nine years ago in Afghanistan, First Lt. Chris Marvin could move only one arm. He had been in charge of radios and navigation on the Aug. 12, 2004, flight, which had been meant to show off the aircraft's maneuverability and capabilities with 15 people aboard. The chopper, however, crashed while demonstrating rapid ascents and descents in a hilly area near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, killing a sergeant and injuring the rest - Marvin the most seriously.
November 8, 2013
YOU'VE HEARD of Veterans Day deals. Well, there's one special offer - access to an online tool to help the members of the nation's military maximize their Social Security benefits - that could put more money in the pockets of veterans. But it's free Monday only. The Social Security Administration's website is pretty user-friendly, and you can get a lot of free information about the options for collecting benefits. However, you won't get specific advice on what you should do. So this Veterans Day, Kiplinger Washington Editors (publisher of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine)
November 7, 2013 |
Many veterans are unaware of how to estimate their Social Security benefits, or they don't understand the cost of claiming benefits early or the payoff when they wait to take benefits later. Someone due $1,500 a month at full retirement age of 66 would receive just $1,125 a month if benefits begin at age 62. But the benefit is $1,980 a month if they delay the starting date to age 70. Veterans, including active-duty military, will be able to access a free estimate of their benefits on Monday - Veterans Day - at www.SocialSecurityforVeterans.com . In addition to name, age, and marital status, you need to enter your Primary Insurance Amount (PIA)
November 1, 2013 |
The three Democrats running for reelection in the Sixth Legislative District have pursued various causes during their tenure: reducing gun violence, improving access to higher education, and supporting veterans. Challenging them on the ballot Tuesday are three Republicans, all of whom would be newcomers to elected office, with backgrounds in law and medicine, who say Trenton needs change. State Sen. James Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt represent the district, which includes parts of Camden and Burlington Counties and has more than twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans.
October 30, 2013 |
One aspect of a push for a younger team is the potential loss of leadership and veteran influence on the roster. Young players still need veteran role models to show them how things should be done and explain what they are not doing correctly. The Sixers are depending on three players - Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes - who might not be in their future plans to handle those duties. So far, the longest-tenured Sixers have done just that despite the uncertainty. "At times, they give insightful stuff to the young guys," said rookie Sixers head coach Brett Brown, whose team opens the season against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.
October 26, 2013 |
Vicky Opitz promised her partner, Kerry Simmonds, at least one thing: They won't crash. The two are world-champion rowers, world-record holders, and with any luck, future Olympians. And when they dip their oars in the Schuylkill early Saturday morning, they'll be something else, too: rookies. Opitz and Simmonds, who usually row in the eight, will compete together as a pair for the first time at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. "I know the Schuylkill pretty well," Opitz said.