Veterans Conquer Barricades at Closed War Memorial

If they can storm enemy beaches, they certainly won’t let a little barricade – or even a government shutdown – stand in their way. Join the discussion: Share a memory to honor our veterans A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi had chartered an $80,000 flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial. They arrived Oct. 1 to find to find the monument blocked off, a casualty of the government shutdown caused by the standoff …

Vets With Benefits Claims: A Shutdown Casualty?

A government shutdown could take an especially painful toll on one group of Americans: veterans and their families who are waiting for benefits claims to be processed. More than 700,000 claims are pending with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A shutdown could swell that number because the VA could have to furlough 20,000 workers who oversee claims, USA Today reports. True, that’s a fraction of the more than 300,000 employees who make the VA the second-largest federal office, after …

Older Men Rescued After Years in Houston ‘Dungeon’

Police responding to a 911 call on July 19 found four men – ages 79, 74, 65 and 54 – being held in “deplorable conditions” behind a door that was nailed shut in a north Houston neighborhood. Sgt. Steven Murdock told the Associated Press that at least one of the men was a military veteran, and that their living conditions were like a “dungeon.” Murdock said the men told investigators that their Social Security checks were being taken from them, …

Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure: Instructive and Funny

The Department of Defense doesn’t want to retire employees prematurely because of their moral lapses. To instruct them in right from wrong, DOD compiles the Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure, short object lessons that retell the real-life shortcomings of their own workers, and those from other government agencies. The surprise is that the newly updated compendium can be laugh-out-loud funny. Here are three examples, verbatim, from the latest edition: Employees Fail to Profit from Red Tape Two workers at the Veterans …

Does Your Mayor Have More ‘Seniority’ Than Richard Wills?

Meet the “un-politician.” When we telephoned Richard Wills, the 93-year-old mayor of Negaunee, Mich., he wasn’t all that sure that he even wanted to talk about himself. And he was especially reticent to talk about his service in World War II, where he fought in five battles, including the landing on Omaha Beach, on “D-Day Plus Two.” It was a friend’s idea, not his, to reach out around the country to find out if Wills is America’s oldest mayor. (Seemed …

What Can We Do to Help Veterans?

As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Let’s also remember the veterans who fought alongside those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They made sacrifices of their own while fighting for our country, to secure our safety. They left their families, often for long periods of time. Many were injured and continue to have health care needs. Today, let’s think about helping those veterans – and their families – …