Veterans

Wounded Warriors Project
12:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

St. Charles Man Charged With Falsely Soliciting Donations For Wounded Veterans

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar (r) and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster are charging a man for scamming about $6,000 from people and claiming the money was for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Credit (Shula Neuman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced criminal charges against a St. Charles man accused of falsely collecting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project, a national nonprofit organization that assists wounded American veterans. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:11 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach

Ribbon cutting ceremony for River Trace Townhomes, an apartment complex for the families of veterans receiving treatment at Oasis Residential@Emerson.
(Courtesy AnthemUSA)

Plans are coming together for Oasis Residential@Emerson, a new supportive living community in St. Louis for veterans and other individuals with mental health issues, said business partners Sherman Strong and Kendall Brune.

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Homeless Veterans
5:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Homeless Veterans In St. Louis Receiving Extra Attention

The city of St. Louis is focusing on getting homeless veterans into programs like the ones offered at the Salvation Army's veteran's residence, shown here in 2012.
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were in St. Louis today in an effort to get homeless veterans off the street and into housing immediately.

The outreach to veterans was part of the required winter count of homeless people in the city. Officials with the VA went out with teams, conducting the count to be able to offer immediate help to chronically homeless veterans. It was part of the Obama administration's efforts to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

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Volunteerism
11:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Families Of Ailing Veterans Find Comfort And Joy Year Round At St. Louis Fisher House

Navy veteran Bradley Remmers and his mom Wanda Pierson who was staying at the Fisher House.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Wanda Pierson was 500 miles from home on a wintry December morning waiting to visit her son who was undergoing treatment in the spinal cord injury unit at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.

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Cityscape
4:47 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Actor Stephen Lang Portrays Lives Of Eight Medal Of Honor Recipients In One-Man Play

Actor Stephen Lang.
(Courtesy Marleah Leslie & Associates)

In "Beyond Glory," actor and playwright Stephen Lang takes on the roles of eight men awarded the Medal of Honor, the country's highest military honor. The one-man play will be performed in St. Louis on Saturday, November 16 at Washington University's Edison Theatre.

Lang, whose credits include "Avatar," "Conan the Barbarian" and the Broadway production of "The Speed of Darkness," adapted the play from a book by the same name written by Larry Smith in 2003.

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Veterans Day
7:58 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

St. Louis Honors Veterans

Dennis Charest, executive vice commander of the American Legion's 11th and 12th district of Missouri, speaks at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy

Salutes fired in downtown St. Louis this morning at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in honor of the sacrifices made by U.S. armed service members for their country. Parades, ceremonies and speeches in the St. Louis area over the three-day weekend marked the 95th anniversary of the end of WWI, known previously as Armistice Day.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:28 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Hitting The Right Note: St. Louis Non-Profit Helps Veterans Heal Through Music

Dennis Reeves, Vietnam veteran and Six String Heroes instructor.
(Courtesy Six String Heroes)

For veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life, playing music can provide a means of focus and escape. That's the founding idea of Six String Heroes, a non-profit organization based at Jefferson Barracks. The organization connects St. Louis area veterans with guitar lessons as a means of music therapy.

After six lessons, veterans can earn a free guitar. So far, more than 170 guitars have been awarded.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:34 am
Thu November 7, 2013

At The St. Louis VA, It's A Mixed Bag For Veterans Waiting On Claims

(By Minesweeper [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated after today’s show.

Backlogs in disability claims.  Over-prescription of opiate narcotics. Exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Loose spending habits. In the last few years, the VA health care system has received a lot of negative media attention.

But according to Lynn Welling, that doesn’t mean veterans are receiving poor quality care. He is the chief of staff for the St. Louis VA Health Care System and a former Navy doctor.

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Government Shutdown
4:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Doesn't Stop Missouri Veterans From Visiting WWII Memorial

National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit (Bernt Rostad)

On day two of the government shutdown, it continues to cause headaches, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans that flew to Washington. 

The nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip and the closed National World War II Memorial was the first stop Wednesday. The group was met by many Missouri and Kansas lawmakers, who helped them get inside the memorial where barriers had been set up. 

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Other News
9:09 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Vietnam Veteran Receives Belated Purple Heart

(Flickr/807MDSC)

A 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran from St. Louis County received a Purple Heart medal more than 44 years after he was wounded overseas.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office says it helped secure the award for Walter Sitzwohl after his wife contacted the senator's office this summer. McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sitzwohl was first assigned to the A Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion and deployed to Vietnam with that unit. He later transferred to D Company, 101st AHB in March 1969, based out of Phu Bai.

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