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EDITORIAL: Confirm Gary native as VA secretary

EDITORIAL: Confirm Gary native as VA secretary

Gary native Robert McDonald will have a long, arduous road ahead of him should the U.S. Senate confirm him as the new head of the embattled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
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June 23, 2014 12:00 am
Veterans health care

Veterans health care

This April 28 file photo shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled …

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Let veterans receive health care in NWI

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let veterans receive health care in NWI

Imagine you are a veteran in Lake, Porter or LaPorte County. Perhaps you fought many years ago in World War II or Korea, or in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. You served your country with honor.

June 12, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: VA shouldn't wait on needed reforms

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is under increasing pressure to resign or, better yet, immediately improve the treatment of U.S. veterans.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Remembering veterans is start toward recovery

GUEST COMMENTARY: Remembering veterans is start toward recovery

World War II veterans are becoming scarce as we approach the 69th anniversary of what we call "The Greatest Generation." Each day the newspaper records the passing of more buddies and shipmates of what was once 16 million men and women in all branches of the services.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
Ex-Navy WAVE fought bureaucratic current in battle for VA benefits

Ex-Navy WAVE fought bureaucratic current in battle for VA benefits

VALPARAISO | Elizabeth "Betty" Brier remembers brimming with patriotism seven decades ago, following in the footsteps of five brothers by enlisting in the military during World War II.

May 24, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Essence of Memorial Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: Essence of Memorial Day

The scandal regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continues to escalate rapidly, providing a major ethical as well as political challenge to the Obama administration. Allegations of willful neglect and falsification of records are indeed shocking.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am

Portage Legion post hosts help session Saturday for NWI vets

PORTAGE | Portage American Legion Post 260 will hold a help/informational seminar for veterans regarding the Veterans Administration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the post, 5675 Mulberry Ave. Doors open at 1.

January 11, 2014 7:09 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Answer our call of duty to our veterans

GUEST COMMENTARY: Answer our call of duty to our veterans

Last month, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Captain William D. Swenson, U.S. Army, for heroism and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in the Battle of the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

November 11, 2013 12:00 am
Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Charles "Mike" Mikovetz wears two pairs of socks to keep his feet warm. Even in the summer.

October 26, 2013 10:43 pm Video Photos

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EDITORIAL: VA subcontractors' payments still MIA

It is just shy of two years since the Adam Benjamin Jr. Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point opened. Since then, the medical staff has been healing patients in the facility, which is nearly twice the size of the old building. But festering financial wounds remain untreated.

July 18, 2013 12:00 am
VA checks not in the mail

VA checks not in the mail

The work was finished nearly two years ago, but outstanding bills still haven't been paid to many of the subcontractors that built a new Veterans Affairs clinic in Crown Point.

July 13, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Heed second lesson from Newtown

In the wake of the Newtown school tragedy, there was focus on two responses — gun control and improving mental health care.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
Job fair gives veterans a boost in job search

Job fair gives veterans a boost in job search

PORTAGE | Area veterans looked to get a leg up on hiring Thursday.

May 02, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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C.P. Civil War soldier honored on 150th anniversary of his wartime death

C.P. Civil War soldier honored on 150th anniversary of his wartime death

CROWN POINT | A century and a half ago, Civil War Sgt. Edwin Sprague died of a sickness that posed perhaps a greater threat to Union soldiers than Confederate bullets.

August 10, 2012 8:30 pm Photos

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Descendants hail volunteer efforts to preserve ancestors' region Civil War headstones

Descendants hail volunteer efforts to preserve ancestors' region Civil War headstones

VALPARAISO | When she attended a special ceremony honoring region Civil War veterans in May, Valparaiso native Pat Lane had no idea she would learn her great-great-grandfather served as a sergeant in the war.

July 18, 2012 7:15 pm Photos

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Civil War preservation group hosts celebration

Civil War preservation group hosts celebration

MERRILLVILLE | With 20 new veterans' headstones installed and 41 secured from the federal government, a region Civil War historical preservation group is looking to thank the public and asking for more help.

September 15, 2011 6:35 pm Photos

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New gravestones mark region Civil War veterans' sacrifices

New gravestones mark region Civil War veterans' sacrifices

Cpl. Joseph Sweet's rural Hebron grave sat unmarked -- likely for decades -- with no reminder of the Porter County-based Union Army unit in which he served.

August 21, 2011 2:00 pm Photos

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11 region Civil War vets to receive new grave markers

11 region Civil War vets to receive new grave markers

Albert Kale's death from typhoid fever in 1861 makes his grave among the oldest of Civil War soldiers buried in the Calumet Region, and his weathered Crown Point headstone shows it.

June 21, 2011 6:30 pm Photos

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