Top 5 Veterans News: Feb. 18, 2018


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  1. While this deported U.S. Army veteran from California waits to come home. his advocacy for those like him continues. Hector Barajas, a deported U.S. Army veteran from Los Angeles, thought he’d be home by now. But since he isn’t, he’s still working hard to help others in his situation.
  2. Veteran L.A. cops and firefighters can work one shift, then collect double pay for years. A program that allows Los Angeles cops and firefighters to collect their pensions and salaries simultaneously at the end of their careers was originally hailed as a no-cost way to keep the most experienced officers on the job.
  3. New QC Veteran Center gives out first free meal to Vets. Dozens of Quad City veterans filled up a new center catered whose goal is to help those who’ve fought for our country.
  4. Veteran advocates call for Cherokee resources. John Engstrom has lived in Canton for about three years, and currently resides in an apartment at the Laurels at Greenwood. He said the road to his current life with his fiancée and her two teenagers has been a challenge since he moved to the city.
  5. Richard L. Petri, bakery business owner, Coast Guard veteran. Richard L. Petri, bakery business owner, Coast Guard veteran, sailor, model-maker and philanthropist, died unexpectedly in his Lake View home on Feb. 7. He was 89.

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