8/24/2020 0 Comments
Each time Mathilda Benson patched up a sailor pummeled from the battles of WWII, she couldn’t help but think of her younger brother, Lewis.
Just a few months before Benson joined the Navy in the early 1940s, Lewis was killed in a boat off the coast of Northern Africa. His service had inspired her to parlay her dream of becoming a nurse into military service.
“That was really tough on me,” said Benson, now 100 years old. “I always felt bad that I couldn’t have done anything for my baby brother. ... When I was taking care of the young men, I felt like I wish I could have taken care of my baby brother.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/healing-on-the-home-front-lt.-mathilda-benson,-usn-(ret),-on-her-world-war-ii-service/
8/11/2020 0 Comments
Joseph Peterburs flew his P-51 Mustang close to the B-17 bombers he was escorting through the sky above Berlin, just as he had on 48 previous missions during WWII.
But on his 49th mission, the Germans flooded the sky with fighters. Peterburs, an adrenaline-filled 19-year-old, soared through the sky chasing a German fighter he saw blow up a B-17 bomber. He closed in as it hit a second bomber.
“Just as he blew up the second, I came in from the rear,” Peterburs said. “I saw smoke and fire on his left wing. He immediately rolled over and started to the deck. I just broke off the chase.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/from-teenage-pilot-to-pow-col.-joseph-peterburs,-usaf-(ret),-on-his-world-war-ii-service/
8/4/2020 0 Comments
When the Gestapo visited Frank Cohn’s childhood home in Breslau, Germany, in 1938 searching for his father, he and his mother knew it was time to leave.
At the time, 13-year-old Cohn hadn’t imagined he would return to his native Germany six years later. But when he did, he was wearing an American Army uniform, searching for Nazis and liberating oppressed people.
For Cohn, WWII was the culmination of years of childhood memories of violence, hate, and atrocities he recalls seeing on his street. “I’m a survivor and a liberator,” said Cohn, a 94-year-old retired Army colonel. “I was not going to be a victim for the rest of my life. With a caveat — we were never going to be like them.”
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/a-survivor-and-a-liberator-col.-frank-cohn,-usa-(ret),-on-his-world-war-ii-service/
While one MOAA member splashed down after a history-making trip to space, another is preparing for takeoff.
NASA astronaut Col. Doug Hurley, USMC (Ret.), returned to Earth on Sunday from the International Space Station, completing the first crewed mission launched from the United States since 2011. The mission paves the way for future crewed missions, which will include NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a retired Army colonel and, like Hurley, a MOAA member.
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Advocates in two states have pledged to keep pushing to exempt military retiree pay from state income tax after the COVID-19 pandemic halted efforts.
Proposed legislation in Vermont, where military retiree pay is fully taxed at the state level, would have provided a full tax exemption. In Georgia, a lawmaker proposed a bill that would offer a phased-in exemption.
Legislation on exemptions in both states stalled when lawmakers ended sessions early to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/covid-stalls-efforts-to-end-state-taxes-on-military-pensions,-but-push-continues/
Legendary talk show host Montel Williams and World Wrestling Entertainment star Lacey Evans are reflecting on their days in uniform as they help veterans transform their homes into peaceful sanctuaries.
In his television show, “Military Makeover with Montel,” Williams and his team travel across the country to renovate the homes of deserving veterans. Working with local volunteers, the team spends 10 days renovating each home. Shows air on Lifetime television and the Armed Forces Network.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/montel-williams-supports-vets-with-military-makeover-home-renovations/
A program designed to help women veterans navigate the VA’s system and make them aware of available services will expand by the end of next year to reach every woman preparing to leave service.
The Women’s Health Transition Training program – a collaboration between the VA and DoD – is offered during service-specific Transition Assistance Programs.
“I’m pleased to hear VBA/VHA is working with the Department of Defense to assist women servicemembers’ transitioning out of service,” said Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret), MOAA’s senior director of government relations for veterans-wounded care.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/va-plans-expansion-of-womens-health-transition-training/
5/6/2020 0 Comments
Photo by Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery and the VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) have found ways to continue honoring veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funeral honors have been adjusted by both departments, but leaders have said they are committed to paying tribute to veterans and support for their families. Arlington National Cemetery has mandated face covers and other measures, while the NCA – which oversees 142 national cemeteries and the resting places of more than 4 million Americans — has started a digital tribute.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/how-arlington,-va-cemeteries-continue-honoring-veterans-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
4/15/2020 0 Comments
With each buzz on their cellphones, veterans can get closer to their health goals by having “Annie,” a virtual, automated nurse, remind them to put out their cigarettes, go for a walk, or check their blood pressure levels.
“Annie’s kind of like a nurse that you have in your pocket,” said Neil Evans, chief officer of VA’s Office of Connected Care, which created the Annie program. “She’s able to deliver messages to remind veterans about the care plan that they’ve worked out with their VA care provider.”
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Some days on his compost farm, former Capt. Justin Garrity, USA, and his crew pretend to be crime scene investigators as they poke around bones — probably chicken, he hopes — sticking out of the garbage. He plucks slightly damaged flowers dumped from a grocer’s floral department, joking that he should bring them home to his wife.
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