Category: Military

Oswego Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking

Oswego’s Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking held Saturday, April 13, 2019

By Carter Crane – The Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking in Oswego Saturday, April 13 was both the process of a beginning and of a completion for the committee which has been working on the project for nearly a year. The Park projection completion date is November this year. The Park,…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Activities abound; Veterans Park in Oswego to break ground

It is the season to be blessed with many activities: • A busy day in many communities will be Saturday, April 13, including Oswego, which will hold an Earth Day Kite Fly, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie Pointe Park; Oswego East Food Truck Feast, and Veterans Serenity Park…...

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Tom Bulin Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club Veteran of the Month

Tom Bulin: Marine duty in Vietnam, to IRS, to fishing

By John Montesano –  Tom Bulin was born December 10, 1947 and grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He didn’t like living in the city, but preferred the country. Growing up he spent Summers at his grandmother’s cottage on the Fox River in Millbrook, eight miles southwest of…...

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U.S. senator Dick Durbin, third from left, and acting principal deputy under secretary for health, Steven Lieberman, M.D., join Hines Veterans Hospital director, Steven Braverman, M.D. recently when Hines VA receive $5 Million donation to support geriatric research and patient-centered care. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital received a ceremonial check for $5 Million.  Daniel DuVerney/Hines Media Service photo

Illinois donor leaves $5 Million to Hines VA Hospital

U.S. senator Dick Durbin, third from left, and acting principal deputy under secretary for health, Steven Lieberman, M.D., join Hines Veterans Hospital director, Steven Braverman, M.D. recently when Hines VA receive $5 Million donation to support geriatric research and patient-centered care.  Hines VA Hospital received a ceremonial check for $5…...

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Wayne Johnson

Another military account: Invasion of the scorpions

I hope everyone has been following Chas Coddington’s column in The Voice. It alternates an appearance in this space every week with mine because, for me, it takes that long to get anything coherent out of my head and on to the page. The Chas has been writing about his…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Chas in the military: Stockade on the way to medical unit

When last we saw The Chas, a new Army recruit, he had been ordered to take a train to San Antonio, Texas, and report to Fort Sam Houston, where he would learn to be an orderly in a mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH). Unfortunately, he had gotten on the wrong…...

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Rep. Kifowit seeks names of female veterans

To honor the service and contributions of women Veterans, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, asks area residents to submit the names of outstanding female veterans to be recognized on the House floor later this month. “Women veterans are trailblazers whose achievements deserve to be honored and recognized,” said Kifowit. “Upon…...

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John Whitehead

We must push back against military industrial complex

“Pity the nation oh pity the people who allow their rights to erode and their freedoms to be washed away…”  —Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet War-spending is bankrupting America. Our Nation is being preyed upon by a military industrial complex that is propped up by war profiteers, corrupt politicians, and foreign governments…....

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Charles Coddintgon

Military disengagement best with no true friends

The newly-elected U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a resolution condemning the American involvement in the civil conflict in Yemen and calling for a complete withdrawal of all U.S. support. This action follows president Donald Trump’s desire to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, a campaign promise he made…...

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Veterans' Voice photos By John Montesano

One more remembrance, respect, honor

By John Montesano –  Due to a crisis in my personal life, the Veteran of the Month feature was temporarily put on hold, but it will be resumed in April. That personal situation was full of a great deal of grieving and reflection. How the passing of an individual affects…...

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Aurora Veterans Advisory Council and the Quilt of Valor Foundation present U. S. Marine veteran Fred Vargas a quilt of valor

Aurora Veterans Advisory Council and the Quilt of Valor Foundation present U. S. Marine veteran Fred Vargas a quilt of valor

AVAC (Aurora Veterans Advisory Council), in coordination with the Quilt of Valor (QOV) Foundation, present Fred Vargas of Aurora with a quilt of valor February 10. He served from 1957 to 1960 as a Marine in Kodiak Alaska as an MP.  Submitted photo… This content is for 30 Day Free...

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Aurora Veterans Advisory Council and the Quilt Of Valor Foundation, present a quilt of valor to U.S. Army veteran Robert Guzman

Aurora Veterans Advisory Council and the Quilt Of Valor Foundation present a quilt of valor to U.S. Army veteran Robert Guzman

AVAC (Aurora Veterans Advisory Council) in partnership with the Quilt Of Valor (QOV) Foundation, presents a quilt of valor January 26 to Robert Guzman, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea from 1950 to 1952. Sgt. Guzman was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and went on Honor Flight…...

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‘Bowl for Vets’ Sandwich fun

The American Legion Riders Post 181 from Sandwich coordinated “Bowl for Vets” Saturday, Jan. 26 at Sandwich Idle Hour Lanes. Focus: bowling, turkeys (bowling strikes), food, raffles, seeing friends, and making friends. Cash prizes were awarded to first place, Bobby Wilgus who bowled a 919 series; second place, Virgil Range,…...

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Montgomery’s newest police officer, Kevin Bayer, left, receives his new badge pinned by his fiancée after being sworn in by Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley. Montgomery resident, Herschel Luckinbill, receives an honor by Village president Matt Brolley as one of 200 Illinois veterans to receive the Honor 200 Award. Jason Crane/The Voice

Busy Montgomery meeting: Honors, UAW property sale

By Jason Crane –  The Village Board of Montgomery held a marathon meeting, Monday to start the new year with a standing- room-only crowd for an action-packed agenda. The nearly five hour meeting, which included a 15-minute break, was the longest in recent memory of many observers. Montgomery resident and…...

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Wall of Honor May 22-June 4 will be in the Aurora area

This year will be a third time for a Moving Wall in six years, a memorial and remembrance in the Aurora area. The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, led by the organization’s president, Herschel Luckinbill, will bring the The Wall of Honor to the Fox Valley area which will include…...

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Speaker on self-defense at Aurora Navy League dinner Jan. 15

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15. The meeting will be held in the private dining room at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of U.S. Route 30. The after dinner speaker will be Joe Rosner, a recognized expert…...

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Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Ingenuity helped Mike Wellington with driving in Vietnam

By John Montesano –  Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. He was born July 13, 1948 in Akron, Ohio. In 1959, the family moved to the Boulder Hill section of Montgomery. In 1967, he dropped out of school…...

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Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic; Alaina Fleming, Rosary; Emma Gatz, Metea Valley; Shruti Kolli, Waubonsie Valley; Cassandra Kuissi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; and Araceli Mercado, West Aurora. Aurora Navy League 247 sponsors the annual luncheon to honor Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor Day luncheon in Aurora offers salute, awards

Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic;…...

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Jeanne Ives speaker at Pearl Harbor day Dec. 10

Jeanne Ives, representative in the Illinois State House in the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon at the Gaslite Manor, Monday, Dec. 10. The annual luncheon is sponsored by the Navy League of Aurora Council 247. (The Voice incorrectly listed the date…...

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