Memorial Day

Memorial Day
6:48 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Durbin: Veteran Disability Claims Procedures 'Got To Change'

Credit (Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."

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.

Durbin says on average, Illinois veterans wait close to a year for payments - which he says is the third-worst rate in the country.

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Memorial Day
6:27 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade

The parade was begun by Civil War veterans in 1868.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton’s Memorial Day Parade.

“When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade," he said. "When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.”

Lt. Schulte Memorial
12:06 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lt. Roslyn Schulte.

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.

Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base when the bomb hit on May 20, 2009. She was one of 461 American soldiers killed in action that year.

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Photo of the Week
10:02 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks

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