Veterans

Army Veteran Has His Dying Wish Granted

Army Ranger School

REDDING, California -- A Redding man who served as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 1980s and is suffering from an insidious and incurable disease got his dying wish granted Thursday. John Mark Hayes, 53, climbed into a five-seat Robinson R66 turbine helicopter at Air Shasta Rotor & Wing north of the Redding Municipal Airport for a 30-minute flight ov... more

WWI Hero's Lost Purple Heart is Being Returned to Grandson

This undated photo provided by William Quinlan shows his grandfather and WWI veteran Pvt. Daniel Quinlan. (Courtesy of William Quinlan via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Six years before he died in a car accident near his upstate New York home, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost track of the medal he received during a 1932 ceremony held at the Hudson Valley historic site where historians s... more

Work Continues on Injured Army Veteran's Home in Illinois

Green house in hands.

HARMON -- Army veteran Michael Shoemaker said he is excited and anxious about being a homeowner. "Everyone dreams of owning their own home," Shoemaker said. Shoemaker's dreams will soon become a reality, as volunteers from Abiding Word Church in Sterling are getting closer to finishing his dream home. Shoemaker, 27, was injured in Afghanistan... more

House Passes 6 Bills Aimed at Helping Veterans

Capitol HIll

WASHINGTON — The House approved a series of bills Monday aimed at helping veterans win government-paid jobs, get small business loans or obtain other assistance. The House passed six bills aimed at veterans. One bill would give preference to government contractors who employ veterans on a full-time basis. Another bill would allow all veterans t... more

Decades-Old Letter Rekindles Memories for World War II Veteran

Signing a letter.

On May 31, 1945, a little over three weeks after World War II ended in Europe, Pfc. Bill Myers sat down to write a letter to a friend's mother. His friend, Pvt. William Mabry Mayfield, had gone missing six months earlier as the U.S. Army's 104th Infantry Division was making its way across the Netherlands. Now that fighting had ceased, Myers fin... more

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