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November 22, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council took up two measures Thursday aimed at employing veterans: one that gives tax breaks to vets and the other to companies that hire them. Under a newly proposed bill, veterans who become police officers, firefighters, or paramedics would be eligible for a tax break amounting to about $1,100 for a person earning $46,000 annually. The bill, sent to a subcommittee for review, is the first introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson since he took office in August. Neilson said Thursday that it would help fill any potential void left from officers retiring through the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A Philadelphia jury on Friday convicted former police officer Kevin Corcoran of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of an Iraqi War veteran last year. The Common Pleas Court jury of five women and seven men found Corcoran not guilty of two other charges - false imprisonment and official oppression. Corcoran, 34, a 10-year police veteran at the time of his dismissal in March, could receive up to 1-to-2 years in jail when sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge Robert Coleman.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
BILL COSBY looked out at the veterans and civilians gathered at the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and asked those who've already given so much for just one more thing. "I want you to go deep in your heart right now and I want you to . . . call out the name of someone who left their life for us over there or died coming back here," Cosby said. "Do it!" And the crowd of hundreds shouted hundreds of names. Each name was different.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A prosecutor on Wednesday described former police officer Kevin Corcoran as a "rogue cop" who terrorized and falsely imprisoned a man after an altercation last year in Center City, while a defense lawyer depicted the encounter as a judgment call made during a routine patrol. The conflicting accounts emerged during opening arguments and testimony in Corcoran's trial on charges of false imprisonment, obstruction, and official oppression. In an incident that led to the veteran officer's dismissal and arrest, police say Corcoran handcuffed a man and drove him to a North Philadelphia alley after the man's friend chided him for making an illegal turn in his police SUV. Corcoran released the man only after learning he was a veteran of the Iraq war. Corcoran, 34, denies the charges.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1959, Army veteran John Bort came home from serving in Korea and caught a cab from the airport. On Saturday, a mini-motorcycle procession roared in his honor. "Thank you," Bort said softly while standing in the driveway of his home in Norwood, Delaware County, as he was greeted by 25 motorcyclists and 25 others who had come in a procession from a staging area at Interboro High School, about a mile away. More than five decades after serving near the Demilitarized Zone, Bort got the pomp and ceremony that a group of local volunteers believes all troops deserve.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
The country's first business incubator for veteran-owned technology firms will launch a local chapter here Wednesday at the Hub Cira Centre, next to Amtrak's 30th Street Station. Under the name the Bunker, the new incubator will assist military veteran-owned start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Launched in Chicago earlier this year, the Bunker is opening affiliates in Philadelphia and six other cities. "The veteran community is an able and ready talent pool of entrepreneurs," said Todd Connor, CEO of the Bunker and a Navy veteran.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, celebrated Veterans Day together in Malvern, Chester County, on Tuesday, and both said the federal government needs to help veterans more. Alluding to the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs involving long delays in health care for veterans, Toomey said, "We have a profound obligation as a federal government to make sure that we are serving the people who served us. We've fallen down on that job in recent years.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the snowy December day when his Eagles won the 1948 NFL title, Nick Basca's long journey home was underway. He hadn't worn the green-and-white uniform since that infamous Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. In the intervening years, the Phoenixville resident had traveled thousands of miles. Now, at last, he was coming back, a hero again. On Nov. 11, 1944 - Armistice Day, ironically - Basca was killed in the woods near Orbec, France. A tank-commanding corporal in Gen. George Patton's Third Army, he died instantly when a German mortar tore through his armored vehicle.
NEWS
November 11, 2014
IF VETERANS DAY is about honoring the men and women who have bravely served our country, why is it that tens of thousands of them are left to trudge from shelters to street corners with no place to call home? Veterans suffer from disproportionately high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and other crippling health conditions. Those without family and social-support networks often find it difficult to hold a job and pay the rent. As a result, in Philadelphia alone, there are more than 1,400 veterans living on the streets, with thousands more at risk of falling through the cracks of the system, according to data just released from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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