Pfc. Lester Ernest Whitesel Sr. died on June 6, 1944. His son was 6 at the time. Now a high school student has created a salute to the life and times of the soldier, with the help of her former middle school history teacher.
Herb Weatherwax, who was in the Army when he saw the USS Arizona ablaze, on Sunday met Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when she made a first-of-its-kind visit to the USS Arizona Memorial.
The memorial would feature a bronze statue of a dog named Bruno, and his handler, Marine Sgt. Adam Cann, who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2006, by a suicide bomb attack in Iraq. The statue would represent all handlers and dogs.
Stars and Stripes examines the efforts by cities across the country to bring homelessness among veterans to an end.
Living with fellow veterans in permanent supportive housing offers a healing camaraderie, an oasis of shared experience and empathy. “For some of them, being here is the first time they’ve felt connected to anyone since they got out of the military.”
The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board voted unanimously last week to recommend that military exchange services open online discount shopping to 19 million honorably discharged veterans starting in late 2017.
Marine veteran Terrence Mulligan receives Veterans Affairs medical support for a lung disease the agency attributes to contaminated water he drank at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But the VA has told Mulligan that he shouldn't expect the agency to compensate him anytime soon for his inability to work.
The monument will include the sculptures of servicewomen representing all military branches and eras during which they served in the military. Two prefabricated shade structures will frame the monument and cultured stone will clad the walls.
"I've never awarded so many medals to one individual in my 12 years of Congress," U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry said last week. Some of the medals were earned for acts of heroism that are still labeled as classified.
Two days after his dog was shot, Marine Corps veteran Joseph Corrado is still tearing up. “Still in shock. Very emotional. I can’t understand why he did this. Let alone firing in the direction of an occupied house and killing Dante’ for no reason at all,” said Corrado, 29, of Granite City. “Dante’ was a gentle, loving soul.”