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- Separated First By War, Then Sickness, 2 WWII Veterans Are Laid To Rest Together. Every love story must have an ending. For Isabell and Preble Staver, the end came quietly last month, after more than seven decades of marriage. The Stavers, who died in Norfolk on Oct. 25, were two of the hundreds of World War II veterans who are dying each day in the United States.
- Vietnam veteran’s mission: Saving my brothers from their demons. When Bill “Fallout” Atkinson and members of Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter 1 get together, they hop off their motorcycles and greet each other with a hug and a “welcome home.” The closeness was a bit much for Manuel Lopez, who joined a few years back to help veterans like his son Matthew, who served in the Marines for 26 years.
- America’s Elite Colleges Need More Veterans. I remember exactly where I was when I learned I’d be able to join the Marine Corps. It was a little after 7 a.m. on a Saturday in the winter of 2007. I was 17 years old, picking cabbage at one of the many seasonal Southern California farm jobs I used to work in order to help my family pay the bills.
- Auburn music teacher honors veterans with musical tribute. Longtime music teacher Susan May has been putting together musical tributes for America’s veterans for over 20 years. May — the mastermind behind Sunday’s “With an Attitude of Gratitude” musical tribute to veterans at the Willard Memorial Chapel — said she started doing the shows when she was a music teacher at Herman Avenue Elementary School.
- Jefferson County is locking up veterans in special jail unit to break the cycle of incarceration. Since leaving the Army in 1996, John Smith has led a troubled life marked by stints in jail. Smith, 55, who moved into a new veterans-only housing unit at the Jefferson County Detention Facility on Nov. 6, is hoping that the time he spends surrounded by fellow vets will help him break the cycle of incarceration.