A paralyzed Afghan War veteran from central Missouri received a special gift for Veterans Day -- a “smart home” which was custom-built for him and designed to help him live as independently as possible.
Tyler Huffman, 24, is a native of Fulton who joined the Marines in 2007. He was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 after being shot twice by an enemy sniper. Huffman initially sought to buy an existing home in the Fulton area that could be adapted to his needs, but a group of volunteers in Jefferson City banded together to build him the state-of-the-art home.
Updated 11:13 a.m. with information from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Marine Corps spokeswoman comment.
St. Louis detectives are investigating an apparent attack on two Marines visiting the city as part of Marine Week.
Police say the incident happened early Monday. The Marines, ages 21 and 22, were walking in the area of downtown where Marine Week attractions are located. The victims told police that two young men approached them and offered to sell jewelry.
An Illinois Marine has died from wounds he received while fighting in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports.
The Department of Defense said Monday that 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine of Bethalto died on Friday, or Christmas Eve, from wounds he suffered Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Corzine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Bethalto is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.
A 24-year old U.S. Marine has died, following a three-car accident on the Illinois approach to the Poplar Street Bridge.
Blake G. Hinds was a native of Burlington, IA and stationed at Camp Lejune, in North Carolina. He may have been traveling home when he rear-ended a tractor trailer, then lost control of the 2006 Nissan Altima and collided with another vehicle.