He left high school 71 years ago, but a World War II Veteran finally received his diploma on Monday. Russell Whittaker was 17 years old when he left Mound High School in 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy.
Four local veterans are being honored Thursday for turning their lives around by overcoming drug, alcohol or mental health issues.
A wounded veteran got a special gift this morning in Minneapolis — a customized, all-terrain power chair. Kevin Hanrahan lost his left leg in Afghanistan, and sustained other injuries as well. The power chair will allow him to enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
These are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, June 1. They include a protest planned against Facebook as well as a disturbing study on the state of veterans’ brains.
On Memorial Day, Minnesotans stopped to remember their relatives, friends and neighbors who died risking everything for our freedom.
Michael Shaw came to Williston in 2012 to operate a homeless veterans shelter in an environment where unemployment was virtually unheard of.
Minnesota’s largest Memorial Day observance is at Fort Snelling on Monday. The national cemetery draws thousands for its yearly service, and a lot of work goes into getting Fort Snelling ready.
Minnesota’s Veterans Affairs clinics and hospitals fare slightly better in delivering timely care to veterans than the national average. The Associated Press analyzed six months of VA data and found that 1.9 percent of medical appointments completed at its clinics and hospitals in Minnesota failed to meet the VA’s timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.
Some local veterans got to take part in some friendly competition out on the ice Saturday. The Holes for Heroes fishing tournament was held on Medicine Lake Saturday afternoon. It’s a free fishing event for Minnesota Military Veterans and their families.
The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital has come up with a prototype of a standing wheelchair. They hope it will help paralyzed veterans live more productive lives. It’s not the first standing wheelchair, but this one has significant advances over previous designs.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing. Last month, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter. The practice is known as schedule “scrubbing.”
Raytheon Professional Services provided this first-of-its-kind training at Fort Hood, teaching the same curriculum that every dealership’s GM-certified automotive technician receives.
Female vets, who currently number close to two million, may have it even tougher than their male counterparts. One such veteran is Donna, a Denver-based, single mom, whose struggles lasted far longer than her deployment.
Through the Disabled American Veterans organization, veterans can find programs for financial, physical and emotional needs.
Technically savvy and patriotic, Nick Lopez always knew he wanted to use his talent to serve his country.
Under the GI Bill, veterans are provided with financial support for education, making college a viable dream.
When living at home becomes too difficult for veterans, many end up getting the care they need in nursing homes and other institutions.
Tuesday marks Veterans Day, during which we take time to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on this day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress amended the holiday to include veterans of all U.S. wars in 1954.
Protecting the military’s most sensitive information begins in the most unusual of places.
Suited up in his white shop apron, tinted goggles, heat resistant gloves and earplugs, Konrad Gleissner switches on an industrial lathe and fires up his blow torch, producing a loud “pop!”
Corporal Brian Aft and Buckshot, his bomb-sniffing dog, were in line to jump an irrigation ditch near Kajaki, Afghanistan, an area known for being littered with roadside bombs. The explosion lifted Aft and Buckshot into the air. Both survived, but Aft’s legs would have to be amputated almost to the hip.
From providing support for entrance exams to tuition for college courses, the Montgomery GI Bill provides education benefits for members of the military.
The vets, some yawning, others clutching packs of cigarettes, trickle into a sun-splashed room for morning meditation. Some survived war long ago, others have fresh memories of combat.
The tour bus always goes quiet as the granite pillars and archways come into view along 17th Street in Washington D.C. An announcement from the tour guide breaks the silence and tells the old soldiers on board what they already know: They’ve arrived at the National World War II Memorial.
Homelessness among veterans is a complex problem, and a difficult one to resolve. But there is hope, and resources.