Memorial Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Durbin: Veteran Disability Claims Procedures 'Got To Change' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-veteran-disability-claims-procedures-got-change <p>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."<br><br>His comments come as the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a new digital, paper-less way of handling the claims. The V.A is working to get that done by September.<br><br>Durbin says on average, Illinois veterans wait close to a year for payments - which he says is the third-worst rate in the country.<br> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:48:57 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 26802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin: Veteran Disability Claims Procedures 'Got To Change' Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alton-continues-longest-running-memorial-day-parade <p>The small town of Alton, Ill. boasts of having the longest consecutive Memorial Day Parade in the country. The community has honored the sacrifices of its sons and daughters in uniform for 145 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp&nbsp;says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton&rsquo;s Memorial Day Parade.</p><p>&ldquo;When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade,&quot; he said. &quot;When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 23:27:16 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plaque-honors-st-louis-native-who-made-ultimate-sacrifice-afghanistan <p>Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lt. Roslyn Schulte.</p><p>The St. Louis native was the first female graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be killed in combat. Now, a new memorial honors her life and death - a plaque under the flagpole at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.</p><p>Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base when the bomb hit on May 20, 2009. She was one of <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/dates/2009/">461 American soldiers</a> killed in action that year.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 17:06:53 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/memorial-day-jefferson-barracks <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Photo by &quot;Matneym&quot; on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/matneym/5772504167/in/pool-388238@N20/">Flickr.com</a>.</p><p>Join the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/kwmu/">St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group</a> to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.</p></div></div></div> Mon, 30 May 2011 15:02:23 +0000 Madalyn Painter 1332 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks