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November 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Edward Heppe, 95, of Bryn Mawr, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime stockbroker, died Friday, Nov. 6, of complications from an aneurysm at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Heppe, known as Jack, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala Cynwyd. Later, he was a resident of Bryn Mawr for 60 years. He graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1939 and received his bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. He pledged Delta Phi. Mr. Heppe served in World War II from April 1944 to September 1945 as a navigator in the Eighth Army Air Force.
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November 12, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN HONOR OF Veterans Day today, events across the region will recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who have served the nation. Here are six such events: * The Lawncrest Community Association will salute veterans with a flag-raising ceremony, a performance by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, and essay reading by the fifth-grade winner of the "Why I Appreciate American Veterans" essay contest. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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