Showing posts with label St. Louis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Louis. Show all posts

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Wynonna Judd welcomed paralyzed veteran to new home

Paralyzed veteran gets free home in Murfreesboro

by: Stassy Olmos
Posted: Sep 22, 2019

“Five years ago, get a call two in the morning that he was in an accident all the way up in St. Louis,” Camacho’s friend Liam Cronin said in the ceremony Saturday, “Drive up the next day and spend the next day, and spend the next week sleeping on a hospital cot beside him.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s the simple things many of us take for granted, like getting in and out of bed or taking a shower all by ourselves, that paralyzed Army Sergeant Bryan Camacho hasn’t been able to do in years. ‘But, thanks to the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops, the solider now has a brand new home in Murfreesboro, with special amenities to help.

The Murfreesboro community welcomed their new neighbor on Saturday morning.
This homecoming much more encouraging than the last one 12 years ago when Sgt. Camacho returned from Iraq.

Camacho was first injured in 2007 as an Infantryman deployed with the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. He was paralyzed from the waist down when his vehicle ran over an IED.
Slowly recovering in the U.S., Camacho was in another accident in 2014. His adapted truck spun out on ice and rolled, paralyzing him from the neck down.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Veteran shot by police last week passed away

Man shot by University City police officer last week in possible 'suicide by cop' dies

St. Louis Post Dispatch
March 27, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY • A man shot last week in a confrontation with police has died.

James Hunn, 61, died Monday, six days after authorities say he was shot by a University City officer as he pointed a shotgun at police.

Hunn’s wife, Cathy, told the Post-Dispatch last week that he was an Army veteran who recently had suffered a stroke and was distraught over his health. Police described the March 19 shooting as a case of “suicide by cop.”

“He was just hurting so bad,” Cathy Hunn said then.

But on Tuesday, she disputed the police description of the shooting.

“That’s not true,” she said. She declined to comment further, and referred a reporter to an attorney, who could not be reached.

The confrontation was about 6 a.m. March 19 at Hunn’s home, in the 1500 block of North Hanley Road. Officers had been on the porch, yelling into the home for him to surrender, when he came from his bedroom and pointed the shotgun at police, said Capt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Police Department.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Iraq veteran, then police officer, denied surgery?

Army veteran and St. Louis police officer needs back surgery; denied by health insurance
Author: Rachel Menitoff
August 16, 2018
"I can't play with them. I can't wrestle with them. I can't throw the ball with them. I just can't do those things. This gives me a chance to do that. At least, it gives me a solution going forward."

ST. LOUIS — He was a patriot, fighting in Iraq, then became a police officer. He has numerous awards and medals, but he’s also a dad.

He can't even play with his sons because his pain is so severe, pain he got serving his country and community.

Timothy Nolan has had back problems throughout his life. He has a degenerative condition. And he was used to a lot of physical work as an infantry team leader in Iraq, and most recently as a St. Louis police officer.
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UPDATE from Louisiana, another veteran is fighting after he served in the Navy and then as a Sheriff's Deputy!

Vietnam veteran files federal lawsuit against Louisiana VA office director
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Leigh Guidry
August 17, 2018

A veteran in Lake Charles filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisiana Veterans Affairs regional office director.

George Jackson, 76, lives in Lake Charles with his wife, Helene. On Thursday, she and a veterans advocate went to the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana to file the lawsuit against Mark Bologna.

Jackson, the plaintiff, stayed at their home.

"I'm here because my husband, George Jackson, can't be here," she told media Friday.

Jackson is considered tetraplegic, having lost the use of his limbs. He can still move them slightly but he has no strength. He splits his time between a hospital bed in his home and his electric wheelchair.

The Lake Charles native served 30 years in the U.S. Navy, climbing ladders, crouching, lifting heavy things and performing other jobs on ships. He was aboard wooden ships used to sweep rivers for mines during two tours in Vietnam.

"Most of my job was on ships ... 30 years of going up and down ladders," he said.

But he doesn't regret joining the Navy, he said. It was always his dream.

"That's the only thing I really wanted to do," Jackson said. "I watched Navy movies on TV. In first grade, I looked out the window, and I always wanted to be a sailor."

So he joined once he was old enough "and I put 31 years in the military."
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Monday, March 26, 2018

62 Year Old Veteran Committed Suicide at John Cochran Division Veterans Medical Center Waiting Room

Veteran kills self in John Cochran VA Medical Center waiting room
St. Louis Post Dispatch
March 26, 2018

St. Louis Police Officer Michelle Woodling said the 62-year-old man committed suicide inside the hospital waiting room at 4:19 a.m. Monday.
The John Cochran Division Veterans Medical Center, photographed on Monday, June 9, 2014, is located at 915 North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis. Photo by Christian Gooden

A veteran committed suicide inside the John Cochran VA Medical Center at 915 North Grand Boulevard early Monday.

Authorities have not identified the victim. The hospital said he was a veteran.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

VA Claim Paid--Social Security Paid--So Did Business

Another one caught

Veteran with disability charged with theft of government funds

Donald Crangle
According to documents obtained by St. Louis County Police Officers, Crangle made as much as $130,000 a year with his business, but from August 2009 to December 2013, he also received more than $300,000 in government disability funds.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Flag covered veteran's body on gurney instead of being in a casket?

Funeral home faces backlash after visitation with veteran’s body on gurney
FOX 2 News St. Louis
MAY 12, 2017
The funeral home and the family came to an agreement before Friday afternoon’s service. Taylor was placed in a coffin in time for the service and the burial.
CATOOSA COUNTY, GA – A dispute between the family of a deceased veteran and a funeral home has gone viral. A picture of George Taylor’s body on display at a visitation has outraged many on Facebook. The deceased was placed on a gurney and draped with an American flag.

Taylor’s family says Heritage Funeral Home refused to put Taylor in a casket because of problems with the life insurance payment. His family was given little or no notice before the visitation.

WTVC-TV reports that funeral home representatives who say they did what the family asked and did nothing wrong. They also said since the photo was shared on social media, they’ve been receiving threats from the community.

The family and the funeral home came to an agreement on Friday. Taylor’s body was placed in a coffin in time for the service and burial.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Patriot Guard Riders Brought Vietnam Veteran from Hospice to Harley

Patriot Guard Riders escort disabled Vietnam War vet for his birthday
FOX 2 St. Louis
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

TROY, MO (KTVI) - A veteran got quite the escort service to his birthday party. The Patriot Guard Riders escorted hospice patient and Vietnam War veteran Benny Thompson to a flag ceremony in his honor. It's part of the "Gift of a Day" program sponsored by Crossroads Hospice.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vietnam veteran beaten, punched, kicked and left for dead meets Samaritan

Attacked veteran reunited with good Samaritan 
Farrah Fazal
November 2, 2015
Police said three young men between 14 and 18 tried to rob him.
Brandi White and the Vo's share a group hug. (Photo: KSDK)
ST. LOUIS – A Vietnam veteran beaten, punched, kicked and left for dead last Wednesday had one thought as he struggled to recover from the brutal attack.

He wanted to find the good Samaritan who found him bleeding in the street at Taft and Dewey, sat with him, held him and called 911.

David Vo wanted to thank that good person for having the courage to help a bleeding man. His daughter-in-law appealed to people in a NewsChannel 5 story last Friday.

After the story aired, the boss of a woman who helped Mr. Vo emailed us. Brandi White was that 911 caller. read more here

Friday, October 16, 2015

Missing Army Reservist's Body Found in St. Louis

Missing Army veteran found murdered in St. Louis may be victim of Craigslist killing
FOX News
October 16, 2015

Police said an Army reservist found dead in a St. Louis alley Thursday had been shot, while family members said he was going to look at a used car advertised on Craigslist before his disappearance.
These undated photos show Robert Polk, 22, an Army reservist found murdered Thursday Oct. 15, 2015,
12 days after his family said he left his home to look at a used car advertised on Craigslist.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police)
Workers for a demolition company found the body of Robert Lovings Polk, 22, in the Baden area of north St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Polk's remains were concealed behind a piece of drywall in a garage. Worker Daniel Parker told the Post-Dispatch that he and his colleagues had smelled a strong odor when they had been at the property the previous two days, but assumed it was a dead animal.

"It really did freak me out because we never knew when we removed that drywall that we would find a dead body there, " worker Jerry Montaque told KTVI. "It stunned me; I just had to get myself together and walk away for a minute."
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra World War II Veteran Received the Navy's Lone Sailor Award

Yankees Hall of Famer, Navy vet Yogi Berra dies at 90
The Associated Press
By Mike Stewart
September 23, 2015
His wife once asked Berra where he wanted to be buried, in St. Louis, New York or Montclair.
"I don't know," he said. "Why don't you surprise me?"
New York Yankees legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, girst lady Michelle Obama, center, and Dr. Jill Biden, left, escort Iraq veteran Tony Odierno onto the field so he can throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the first game of the 2009 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 28, 2009.
(Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over.

The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Berra, who served as a sailor in World War II, received the Navy's Lone Sailor Award in 2009. An announcement from the Navy Memorial at the time said he exemplified the Navy's core values.

"Our honorees are living examples of how service to country changes lives and helps develop leaders," said retired Rear Adm. Edward Walker Jr., president and CEO of the Navy Memorial, in 2009.

Berra interrupted his baseball career during World War II to enlist in the Navy, and he served aboard a missile boat during the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. He first took the field for the Yankees in 1946 and finished his Hall of Fame career in 1965.
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Yogi Berra was interviewed back in 2004
Trained at Little Creek Base in Norfolk, Virginia, Berra proudly served the U.S. Navy from 1944-1945 when he was just 18. Berra helped soften up German defenses and ran messages from Omaha Beach to Utah Beach. He also participated in a second attack on France, receiving a medal from the French government for his efforts.

Oh, and he also coined the phrase, “It ain’t over till its over!”

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

When Do They Prove All Black Lives Matter to Them?

There is a story that finished off any sympathy I had for the folks screaming about "Black Lives Matter" which was, admittedly, dwindling. It isn't the story you may think about.
St. Louis Police Shoot, Kill 18-Year-Old After Home Search, Associated Press, By JIM SALTER, ST. LOUIS — Aug 20, 2015
It was bad enough the other day when a disabled WWII veteran needed help and was robbed by thugs. The last time someone on TV used the term thug, some yahoos said it was a racist term. Even though it isn't.
1. a violent person, especially a criminal.
synonyms:ruffian, hooligan, vandal, hoodlum, gangster, villain, criminal;
2.historical a member of a religious organization of robbers and assassins in India. Devotees of the goddess Kali, the Thugs waylaid and strangled their victims, usually travelers, in a ritually prescribed manner.
They were suppressed by the British in the 1830s

This "Black Life" didn't matter so much when 2 crimes were committed against him.
That area also is near where a 93-year-old veteran who was part of the Tuskegee Airmen — black World War II pilots — was the victim of crimes twice within a few minutes Sunday, being robbed and then having his car stolen. The veteran was unhurt, and his car was found Tuesday blocks from where it was taken.
Pointed a gun at police officers? What did he expect would happen?
At a press conference earlier in the day, Dotson said two suspects fled from the home about noon Wednesday on the city's north side before the 18-year-old turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, who shot him. That suspect, identified later in a statement by police as Mansur Ball-Bey of St. Louis, died at the scene. Police are searching for the second suspect, who they said is believed to be in his mid- to late teens.

But hey, some folks will use any excuse to loot, burn, destroy a city and then pretend they were justified. Honestly there are some good folks protesting with good intentions however they are totally oblivious to being used to give thugs the opportunity to do what they want.

I grew up in a large Northern city in the 70's. We didn't judge on color. We judged on how they acted and what they did. Color didn't matter to most of us since most of us had friends because we liked them and they liked us. It wasn't about White, Black, Hispanic, Native, or Asian any more than it was about what color their hair was.

We had good cops and some bad ones back then too and we knew who the bad ones were. Folks were judge for what they did.

I've been thinking a lot about those days. Maybe we had more common sense back then. We sure as hell had a lot more common decency.

This generation seems to think they invented protesting. What can we expect when were talking about a generation unable to learn what history really was?

The WWII veteran should have inspired a lot more reaction considering what he did with his life. He served during a time when Black soldiers were not just treated like crap in the military, they couldn't even eat at a lunch counter with White soldiers. The list goes on yet he was willing to go through all of it for a purpose greater than selfish considerations. Had it not been for veterans like him, history would have been a lot different.

Yet this same man managed to live 93 years after seeing it all, doing it all, only to look back at his car being driven away by thugs after other thugs stole his wallet. When do the Black Lives matter folks actually prove they really care about all Black lives?

They want us to not think too hard about what they say when what they do doesn't match up. The press plays right along because social media drives the reporting they do now instead of anything else.

This generation didn't invent outrage. They didn't invent protesting. They sure as hell didn't invent putting others first. What they did invent was false outrage to justify themselves.

I can't help but remember when Michael Brown was being mourned and his family asked for peace at least on the day they were burying him. Protestors didn't care. They didn't care when the truth came out afterwards.
But other citizens point to the details of the grand jury and subsequent Department of Justice investigation. Both ultimately determined Wilson was justified in the shooting and did not violate Brown's civil rights, saying the evidence showed Brown scuffled with Wilson in his vehicle and did not show Brown was surrendering when he was shot and killed.
Those details came long after months of protest that ultimately spawned a movement called Black Lives Matter. The details of Brown's death were often overshadowed by the pent-up frustration that boiled over in the black community about the way police treat and target them.

When do they hold drug dealers accountable for destroying lives? When do they hold criminals accountable for robbing stores and destroying neighborhoods? When do they protest down a city street after another child is killed while playing in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or even doing homework in her own home? Yes this just happened in Ferguson and this is the story that finished off any thoughts of who really matters to them and who doesn't.
Jamyla Bolden, 9, was fatally shot as she sat on her mother's bed in in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday

She was a Black 9 year old child but I guess her life didn't matter either.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WWII Veteran Robbed Twice Just For Asking For Help

WWII veteran asked for help after getting lost. They stole his wallet. He asked another group for help and they stole his car. They did all this to a 93 year old veteran!

Why didn't his life matter or the fact that he was part of history matter at all? Any clue what the Tuskegee Airmen put up with yet still put their lives on the line during WWII?
The Tuskegee airmen were the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, flying with distinction during World War II. Though subject to racial discrimination both at home and abroad, the 996 pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with the all-black units would be credited with some 15,500 combat sorties and earn over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements. The highly publicized successes of the Tuskegee Airmen helped pave the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces under President Harry Truman in 1948.
Tuskegee Airman, 93, carjacked after being robbed, stopping for help Sunday
By Stephanie Baumer, Online News Producer
August 18, 2015

Authorities are currently searching for the victim’s vehicle, a maroon 2012 Honda Accord Sedan with Missouri license plate AA2 K8R.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – A 93-year-old Tuskegee Airman was robbed and carjacked while attempting to visit his daughter Sunday.

Around 11 a.m., the man was driving to his daughter’s home and got lost. When he stopped at McPherson and Sarah to call her, a suspect got into his car, grabbed money from his pocket and left. The suspect then entered a black, older model four-door vehicle and drove away, police said.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Veteran Speaks After Police Car Video

News 4 Investigates: Vet with PTSD that allegedly erupted in police car speaks
By Staff
Aug 03, 2015
( - A veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder allegedly erupted in the back seat of a Metro East police car. The veteran, Brad Lavite, spoke to News 4 Investigates' Craig Cheatham after the video surfaced.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two recycling plant workers killed by mortar rounds

Mortar round explodes at recycling plant, killing 2
The Associated Press
Published: August 25, 2014

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.

The explosion at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City occurred about 6:25 a.m., police said. Totall Metal Recycling, which employs about 160 people, according to its website, does business with the military and it's not unusual for it to have items such as "military engines and ammunition casings," police chief Rich Miller said.

Bomb technicians were sweeping the site for other possible explosives Monday afternoon.

The victims, whom responders could not initially get to because of the fear of further explosions, were not immediately identified. A third person was injured and taken to a St. Louis hospital, police said, but a condition was not available.

"This corporation recycles everything you can think of, from plastics to cardboard to metals, and some of their contracts involve getting materials from the military," Miller said at a briefing for reporters near the plant Monday afternoon.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Homeless Iraq War vet finds a place in St. Louis

With some help, homeless Iraq War vet finds a place in St. Louis
St. Louis Today
By Jesse Bogan
4 hours ago

ST. LOUIS • Disappointed so many times by bureaucratic red tape, a ragtag group of 50 homeless veterans were suspicious from the start of an effort Wednesday to place them all into furnished apartments.

Some were used to waiting years for assistance that never came, not mere hours for actual delivery. Still, they gathered downtown at 9 a.m. at the foot of Soldiers Memorial for the chance.

In a news conference, Mayor Francis Slay told the crowd that it was a “shame” that military service is often taken for granted.

“Today, it’s about helping those men and women who helped us,” Slay said, garnering cheers.

If they qualified for the pilot program, the veterans could get free rent, utility assistance and wrap-around services for other needs. The veterans soon snapped in line for hours of processing.

Nearly all were men and between the ages of 50 and 65. Esa Murray, 25, sporting thick glasses, light blue shorts and a buzz cut, represented the next generation of homeless veterans.

The former Army private did base security near Tikrit, Iraq, in 2009. He was sent home early from the deployment because of mental disorders. Not long after, he was discharged and living in a tent in southern Indiana with his new wife.

“I joked with her that we went camping on our honeymoon,” said Murray, inching his way through the line. “She never thought that was funny.”

He said he and his wife have children but are now separated.

In mid-June, after an outburst, he said, he was taken by ambulance from Indiana to Jefferson Barracks because it was the closest Veterans Affairs inpatient psychiatric ward that had an open bed. Medications stabilized him. After treatment, he said, the VA released him with contact information for several area nonprofits.

“They pretty much said, ‘Good luck,’ ” Murray said. “And you know what, I’ve had good luck. This city has been wonderful to me.”
Antoinette Triplett, who is leaving her post as head of the city’s Homeless Services Division in August for a job in Tampa, Fla., said she came up with the concept of Wednesday’s program a few years ago. She said it was designed for about 50 people. If somebody missed the event Wednesday, and thinks they qualify, they can contact her office to be considered.

Triplett, an Air Force veteran, described the housing effort as a pilot program.

“We will share the challenges and successes with other cities around the country,” she said.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Iraq veteran charged with collecting donations and keeping it

Iraq vet charged with soliciting money for Wounded Warriors, keeping it
St. Louis Post Dispatch
By Mark Schlinkmann
4 hours ago

A wounded Iraq War veteran from St. Charles County is accused by authorities of soliciting unauthorized donations of at least $6,200 for the nonprofit Wounded Warrior organization but keeping the money himself.

The man, William Ronald Harshbarger, 34, faces 11 felony counts in St. Charles and St. Louis counties, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Wednesday morning.

"Many good-hearted people gave money to Mr. Harshbarger, believing that they were contributing to a well-established, nationally recognized charity, benefiting our nation's servicemen and women," Koster said.

Koster said his office and prosecutors in the two counties cannot stand by when anyone "collects donations, falsely, in the name of a respected organization, and then keeps the money for his personal use."

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar, who joined Koster at a news conference in the attorney general's downtown St. Louis office, said prosecutors had sympathy for Harshbarger's military service but that he nevertheless broke the law.

Among other things, prosecutors allege that Harshbarger received almost $750 from a three-day fundraising event at Living Word Christian School in O'Fallon, Mo., falsely indicating he was raising the money on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Military personnel records dumped in St. Louis

More than 1,800 vets' records intentionally destroyed or misfiled by 2 clerks
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Robert Patrick
Published: January 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS -- More than 1,800 personnel records for U.S. veterans were destroyed or misfiled by two student employees of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis County, federal criminal court documents show.

One of the student employees, Lonnie Halkmon, 28, was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. The other, Stanley Engram, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 7. Both pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of destruction of government records and faced probation to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Engram's guilty plea says that 241 military records were found in the woods near the center on July 3, 2012, with 300 names and Social Security numbers visible on the documents.

The records were traced to Engram, who admitted disposing of the records found in the woods, “abandoning” files in the center and throwing them away at home. In all, he admitted destroying or purposely misfiling more than 1,000 records.

Halkmon's plea says that after an “incident,” the center conducted an audit of all records assigned to employees in 2011 and 2012.

From Dec. 7, 2011 to March 28, 2012, over 1,200 files were assigned to Halkmon, and 850 were reported missing.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

FBI, Veterans Affairs agents raid home of ex-Louis Medical Center Chief

FBI, Veterans Affairs agents raid home of ex-Louis Stokes VA Medical center chief William Montague
By Pat Galbincea
The Plain Dealer
May 31, 2013

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- Agents from the FBI and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Department of Veteran Affairs swarmed the Brecksville home Friday of the former director of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.

Agents searched inside the house of William Montague for nearly an hour in mid-afternoon. Gavin McLaren, resident agent in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division, said he could not comment on the raid.

FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said Montague was not taken into custody or brought in for questioning. She said she could not comment if anything was taken from the home.

"We executed a search warrant, but it was sealed," Anderson said. "We can't make any further comments."
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Friday, March 29, 2013

People have lost their minds! Military funerals for "heroes" only?

OMG! Are people really this clueless? If you know the history of military service in this country, even a little of it, then you know that the draft was making some go to war and some of them died, some were wounded and some earned medals for heroism. Now some yahoo comes out and says that only those who died in combat deserve a military funeral because of money? What about those who died of their wounds and were not killed during deployment?
Columnist: Ditch Funeral Honors for Non-Hero Vets
March 29, 2013
Spouse and Family News
by Amy Bushatz

“Bear in mind that most veterans did nothing heroic. They served, and that’s laudable, but it hardly seems necessary to provide them all with military honors after they have died.”

This is the argument offered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bill McClellan in his recent column on why the federal government should no longer provide military funeral honors to veterans.

Give honors only to those who have died in combat, he writes. If others want honors they should look to their veterans organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VWF) to provide them.

“Everybody knows government needs to cut costs,” he writes. “This is exactly how you do it. You identify things you don’t need, and you cut them.”

McClellan bases his knowledge of the lack of heroism in veterans off his own experience in Vietnam.

“I did nothing heroic. Nor did any of my close friends. But I knew people who did, and it devalues the real heroes to say that everybody was one,” he writes. “If everybody is a hero, nobody is.”

I can see how he arrived at this conclusion. He’s saying that in a drafted military you are there because you have no other choice.
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Bushatz can see how he concluded that? Really? People have lost their minds!

WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars all had men drafted serving right along the side of those who enlisted. The day they take off their civilian clothes and put on a uniform is the day they become part of the mighty minority of members of the military. To give them anything less than a proper military funeral after spending the rest of their lives as veterans would be the ultimate disgrace.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Air Force veteran and his 2 sons die while hiking Missouri trail

Air Force veteran and his 2 sons die while hiking Missouri trail
Published January 14, 2013

An Air Force veteran and two of his five children died over the weekend after apparently getting lost while hiking on a desolate Missouri hiking trail amid unexpected low temperatures, officials said Monday.

36-year-old David Decareaux and his 8- and 10-year-old sons were found Sunday, a day after they ventured out with their 4-month-old yellow Labrador retriever on the Ozark Trail, about 110 miles southwest of St. Louis, Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner said.

Decareaux died at the scene, and the boys were declared dead at a hospital after hours of efforts to revive them failed, the sheriff said. Volner said authorities believe the three died of exposure to the elements, though autopsies were planned.

The dog was found near the victims and survived.
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