Indiana State Police from District 13 pray during a memorial for fallen State Police at the post in Lowell. Master Trooper Jerry Michalak, center, has an arm tattoo honoring his former shift partner Scott Patrick, who was killed in the line of duty.
Indiana State Police from District 13 march in formation during a memorial for fallen officers at the post in Lowell.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Brian Schnick plays taps during a memorial for fallen officers at the police post in Lowell.
Pam Roseberry, of the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94, hands a goody bag to veteran Verlin Strebin II of the Indiana Veterans Home. Post 94 hosted the residents Wednesday and fed them lunch along with providing them prizes and bags filled with donated clothes and toiletries.
The Valparaiso American Legion Post 94 filled bags with clothes and toiletries along with other items Wednesday before passing them out to residents of the Indiana Veterans Home.
Residents of the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette eat lunch provided by the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94 on Wednesday. Post 94 provided food, prizes, and goody bags filled with clothes and toiletries to the residents who made the trip up from Lafayette.
Pat Zoch, of the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94, distributes American flag and eagle cookies to Indiana Veterans Home resident Meredith McGill during a lunch Wednesday at the post.
Veteran Floyd Snowden of the Indiana Veterans Home checks a goody bag he received from the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94, Wednesday. The post hosted about 20 of the residents from Lafayette and fed them lunch.
Indiana Veterans Home resident Joe Schepp claps for Valparaiso American Legion Post 94 members Wednesday who hosted the residents from Lafayette for lunch.
Sharon Wyatt, center, of the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94, passes out pull-tab tickets Wednesday for Joe Schepp, left, Joe Robison, right center, and Meredith McGill, all of the Lafayette Indiana Veterans Home. Post 94 hosted about 30 residents of the home for lunch and games.
Indiana Veterans Home resident Meredith McGill eats lunch provided by the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94 on Wednesday. About 20 residents from the Lafayette home were treated to lunch and games where winners received money donated to them from Post 94.
Valparaiso American Legion Post 94 member Jim Gourley, right, talks with Indiana Veterans Home resident Arthur Newell during lunch the post hosted Wednesday for about 20 of the residents from Lafayette.
The U.S. Postal Service is closing the Gary Processing and Distribution Center and moving the operations to a center in Bedford Park, Ill.
The U.S. Postal Service is closing the Gary Processing and Distribution Center, seen here Thursday, and moving the operations to a center in Bedford Park, Ill.
Jack Chestnut, 72, sits at the bar Friday night at American Legion Post 66 in Griffith. Like many retirees, he's worried about the future of entitlement programs given the rancor that preceded the recent debt ceiling deal. "If they cut Social Security, there will be a civil war," Chestnut said.
Retiree Marlin Crane, 67, is upset that Congress might even consider cutting benefits to veterans. "If every veteran joined together, we could control the government," the Griffith resident said.
Cheryl and Jerry Gettig, of Griffith, sit at the bar Friday in American Legion Post 66. They are both retired living on Jerry's pension. Cheryl was a stay-at-home mom, and raised seven children.
After about 60 years in Merrillville, American Legion Post 430 is facing possible closure because of decreasing membership and higher operating costs.
John Minchuk, Commander of American Legion Post 430, prepares bread baskets during a recent Friday night fish fry. The Merrillville facility could close after about 60 years unless it begins taking in more money.
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