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November 11, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes they arrive in a cardboard box, sent by a funeral director who has become the closest thing to family. The mortician packs up the cremated remains of honorably discharged veterans and mails them to Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County. There, one day each month, dozens of people gather, call out the veterans' names, and give them a proper burial. The attendees aren't relatives of the deceased, or even acquaintances. That's the point of the Service for the Unattended.
NEWS
November 10, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Serafin Natal had trouble walking in Philadelphia's first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday. But he would not stop. The 65-year-old Navy man had beaten renal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Doctors took a kidney out of him 10 years ago - only for diabetes to come along, knocking some of the feeling out of his feet. But the retired Juniata Park factory worker was on a mission Sunday. His colonial city was making history, if more than two centuries late.
NEWS
November 10, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ROBERT SHEDRICK returned from Vietnam in 1972 shaken and confused. He doesn't like talking about a tour there with the Marines when he lost several of his comrades, or about how he became homeless in 1995, or how he later lost his legs years after drinking water polluted with dry-cleaning fluid and benzene at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was hell in Vietnam," Shedrick, 68, said yesterday across from Independence Hall, where he watched participants arrive at the end of Philly's first Veterans Day parade.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's University is accepting applications for its inaugural Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, to begin this spring in partnership with Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Up to 25 veteran entrepreneurs will be accepted. The program, founded in 2007 at Syracuse's Whitman School of Management, is a nationally recognized entrepreneurship curriculum offered free to post-9/11 military veterans with disabilities. It consists of three phases - online classes, on-campus instruction and year-long mentorships.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
After decades of parades for all reasons, Philadelphia will hold its first citywide veterans parade on Nov. 8. "In some ways, it's strange that Philly didn't have one, but now we do," said Scott Brown, director of the city's Veterans Advisory Commission. With the backing of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.) and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Brown and a committee of about 50 organizations planned the inaugural parade. It will be held Nov. 8, in advance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. "We didn't want to interfere with Veterans Day celebrations either," Brown said.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry J. Woehr was an Army Air Corps operations officer at what might have seemed a safe harbor from all the killing during World War II. Though Japanese troops occupied pieces of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Mr. Woehr was at a safer base there. He experienced loss of life there, just not American. As part of a wartime program that transferred American airplanes to the Soviet Union, "he was involved in helping to get the Russian pilots to take off" and head home over a narrow strip of the Bering Sea, daughter Leslie Tuttle said in a phone interview.
NEWS
October 23, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Help them take college classes On Nov. 11, we will mark Veterans Day with speeches, festivities, and stories about our brave men and women. Meanwhile, the nearly two-year battle to get our student veterans the chance to register early for college classes will continue. Athletes and others have often received this opportunity, but veterans in most states do not. (Veterans in Pennsylvania got it last year.) There is no cost to anyone, yet Congress has failed to pass bills that would provide the benefit.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
By singer Jon Anderson's own admission, he and jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty "have been around the block more than a few times. " But younger generations of musicians have nothing on them when it comes to embracing modern technology to create and support their art. Both artistically and financially, the duo's new CD, "Better Late Than Never," released under the banner of the Anderson Ponty Band, is a product of the digital universe. "Through the Internet, I'm able to make music with people everywhere, and I was working with a friend of mine, Michael Lewis, on a couple of songs a few years ago, and early on he said he knew Jon-Luc Ponty, and Jon-Luc was going to play on one of our songs, which was kind of cool," explained the gossamer-voiced Anderson, beloved in this neck of the woods for the decades he spent as the singer/co-composer of progressive-rock giant Yes. He was speaking from Stroudsburg, the Pocono Mountains town where the band rehearsed for its upcoming tour, which kicks off there tonight, and Tuesday hits Glenside's Keswick Theatre.
NEWS
October 23, 2015
SHORTLY AFTER his appointment last year as director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, Scott C. Brown noticed something that was missing. Philadelphia had no veterans parade. As a Navy veteran, Brown found that puzzling - and disheartening. He did some research and found that despite the lip service we always pay vets, "there never was an official veterans parade in Philadelphia" - ever. In his bones and in his job, Brown knew that was just wrong and nominated himself to raise the flag.
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