Would an E-6 careerist nearing retirement accept a $30,000 car loan if forced to pay back a total of $390,000 in principal and interest? Would an E-7 accept a $30,000 loan to make a down payment on a home or to wipe out credit card debt if the lifetime cost of that decision were $386,000 in lost retired pay? The answer to both questions, regrettably, is: You bet.
Decades ago, Richard Bean's family gave up hope that his body would be recovered after he was declared KIA in WWII. But early last year, an organization searching for Japanese casualties discovered Bean's remains in a mass grave where four other American soldiers have also been found. "Seventy years ago, our uncle, he died for our country," said his nephew, voice quavering, read to a small crowd of about 75 people. "One year ago, an incredible journey came to know him as a hero."
Through Rich Kalashian’s inspiration and efforts, a cart for coffins is being transformed into a fitting tribute to servicemembers. Starting next month it will be permanently stationed at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.