Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 22, 2012


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1.   Medal of Honor recipient Barnum speaks at Gettysburg school.  Barney Barnum remembers recruiters from the Army, Navy and Air Force all coming onto the stage at his school and speaking, only to be met by heckles and noise from the student body. “But then this big Marine gunnery sergeant got up and he said, ‘there is nobody in this audience that I would want in my Marine Corps’, and he walked out of the room,” Barnum said. “I thought, that’s the kind of guy I want to be, and I went out after him.”
2.   In Vietnam, a CEO tackles a ‘terrible wrong’.  Nancy Feldman established a small charity to help Vietnamese families still facing insidious effects of exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide that doctors said likely was linked to her husband Bob’s death from cancer at age 59.
3.   Minn. police officer relives history as WWII re-enactor. For Erick Baumgart — a fourth-generation peace officer whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland during the potato famine — the interest in World War II re-enactment was borne from a desire to learn more about his own family’s history during that time period. He also wanted to go beyond what he’d learned from textbooks in school.
4.   Veteran returns to mark grave of daughter lost 40 years ago.  Forty-four years ago, a premature baby died an hour and 34 minutes after she was born. Her grieving parents, a young military couple, buried her in an unmarked grave in a Fayetteville city-owned cemetery and moved away. They lost track of the grave as they went through other hardships over the years.
5.   Former POWs share stories of imprisonment with Japanese childrenThe fifth-graders looked curiously at the three aging Americans who were imprisoned here a lifetime before they were born, one in a forced labor camp less than a mile from their school. Their questions were innocent and blunt.
6.   Student tells Forward March conference family feels stresses of war.  Elena Dorsey could hardly recognize her dad after a parachute accident that nearly cost him his life and left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. The family crumbled under the weight of the stress.

7.   Military wives put through the paces during Sister Strong.  60 military spouses at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida spent Friday participating in Sister Strong, an event that had them going through exercises and scenarios that mimicked their husbands’ training.

8.   Loved ones wish Egypt-bound N.C. Guard troops farewell.  Ashley Kerley couldn’t stop crying during a farewell ceremony on Saturday for 100 members of a North Carolina National Guard battery who are leaving for peacekeeping duty in Egypt. Her tears were for Private Wes Shope, her fiancé, who is part of Bravo Battery in the 5th Battalion of the 113th Field Artillery Regiment.
9.   Korean War veterans from Alabama returning to the country they defended.  Eleven Korean War veterans from the Decatur, Alabama area will revisit the land they fought to defend next month in a trip sponsored by the Legacy 4 Korean War Veterans Foundation of Huntsville and the South Korean government.
10.       Wounded veterans inspire at 28th Army Ten-Miler. Eight years ago, Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Johnathan Holsey lost his left leg after an IED hit his convoy in Ramadi, Iraq. He never thought he’d be where he is today: running long-distance races with the help of a carbon-fiber prosthetic. “I used to always say if I could run more than two miles, I’d be happy,” said Holsey, who finished his fifth Army Ten-Miler race Sunday at the Pentagon.


Have You Heard?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a released a new and updated fact sheet on VA pension programs that includes important information for veterans, survivors and their families. The fact sheet explains who is eligible to receive pension benefits, and who is eligible for “aid and attendance.” The document also provides a website list of accredited representatives that are available to assist claimants with preparation, presentation and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits.  The information is accessible via the VBA Internet website link at


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