Fundraising Continues
7:20 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Veterans Optimistic About Their Efforts To Keep Bowling At Jefferson Barracks VA

Volunteers still need to raise about $55,000 for a bowling alley in a new recreation center to be built at Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Roger Denly, 43, is still learning the fine points of bowling while seated in a wheelchair, but last Thursday afternoon he was enjoying "tenpin therapy" at the little six-lane bowling alley at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.

“It’s freedom. It gets me out doing something I enjoy,’’ said Denly, an Air Force veteran who lives in Farmington, Iowa.

Read more
Military Memorial Foundation
8:25 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Local Group Continues Efforts To Honor Missourians Killed In Iraq And Afghanistan

A little St. Louis nonprofit continues to plug away at its goal of creating a memorial to about 150 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen from Missouri who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more
Culmination Of Year Of Honor Flights
3:07 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

WWII, Korea Veterans Treated To Special Screening Of 'Unbroken'

WWII veteran Paul Tell shows a couple of volunteers with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight a book of photographs he took as a young soldier in Europe, after a special film screening hosted by the organization.
Credit Karl Lund | Greater St. Louis Honor Flight

The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight closed out its year of veteran visits to the war memorials in Washington, D.C., by taking them on one more special trip – to a Chesterfield movie theater.

Read more
Theater And Social Justice
8:56 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Mustard Seed’s ‘All Is Calm’ Returns, Giving Voice To Unsung Heroes Of World War I

A scene from "All Is Calm"
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

When you think of World War I heroes, you likely picture generals and fighter pilots. But a playwright who penned Mustard Seed Theatre’s upcoming production wanted to salute a group of men in the trenches.

Read more
St. Louis On The Air
1:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

WWII B-17 Pilot: 'It Took All Of Us'

Col. Basil Hackleman flew 30 missions in B-17 bombers before training future pilots. He is the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine.
Amanda Honigfort

During World War II, thousands of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers took to the skies daily. The planes were a crucial part of campaigns, from the bombing of Dresden to D-Day, and were flown by the likes of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Lt. Col. Basil Hackleman.

Hackleman, who now lives in Springfield, Mo., was the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine, a celebrated B-17 that is said to have never lost a crew member or abort a mission because of mechanical failure. The plane was scrapped after the war.

Read more
Helping The Heroes
10:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Young, Disabled, Combat Veterans Are Grateful For St. Louis Supporters

Marine combat veteran Todd Nicely and Xerxes on the deck of his home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

People often call Todd Nicely a hero, but the 30-year-old Marine combat veteran would prefer that they didn’t.

Nicely, who lost his arms and legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan four years ago, says the heroes of the 13-year war on terror are the 6,841 U.S. service members who have died while serving their country since Sept. 11.

“If they want to call me an inspiration because of the things I have to do on a daily basis, fine. I’ll take that,’’ says Nicely. “But hero? No. I have friends who are heroes. The guys who aren’t coming home -- those are the heroes.”

Read more
Honor Flight
10:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

The Life And Mirror Of A St. Louis Veteran

World War II Veteran Elmer Boehm holding a pocket mirror that most likely saved his life.
Credit Wayne Pratt / St. Louis Public Radio

Elmer Boehm's life is a story about war, survival, love and life-saving luck.

The World War II veteran is headed to Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day as part of the final Greater St. Louis Honor Flight of 2014.

“I just hope I can … I’m strong enough to make it. I’ll be 92 in January, but I’m still pumping around,” said Boehm during a recent interview at his home in Town and Country.

“It’s kind of an honor to go. It will be nice to see all these memorials that they put up for the various servicemen that have done a lot for their country.”

Read more
Veterans Day
5:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Three Women Serve As Grand Marshals For St. Louis Veterans Day Parade

Parade grand marshalls Velma Jesse, Army WAC, Alice Anderson, Navy WAVES, and Major General Susan Davidson, commander of SDDC at Scott Air Force Base.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis held its annual Veterans Day Observance downtown Saturday. For the first time in 31 years, all of the parade marshals were women.

The celebration began on a solemn note with a formal ceremony in front of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Bells rang and bugle taps played in memory of POWs and soldiers who went missing in action.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Solutions Needed To Reintegrate A New Generation of Veterans

Jim Craig, associate teaching professor and chair of the Department of Military and Veterans Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Credit August Jennewein

“When you go to a networking interview and a hiring manager asks you what you want to do, ‘What do you need done?’ is not a good answer,” Jim Craig explains.  But “that’s the military mentality,” he says from experience.

Craig is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and is currently an associate teaching professor and chair of the Department of Military and Veterans Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Read more
Nontraditional Students
10:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Vets Centers Ease Path From Military To College

Ryan Barrett
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

For the typical college freshman, heading for campus means a welcome chance to leave behind all those pesky rules that had to be followed at home and to enter a new environment of freedom and choice.

For the military veteran trying to re-enter civilian society and signing up for college classes, that lack of structure may be far less attractive and more than a little intimidating.

Ryan Barrett, who is studying for his doctorate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, went through that tough transition when he left the Air Force after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more