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Veteran’s Salute: National Cemeteries

By Frank Smart Veterans and their family members are eligible for burial in national cemeteries, but most are unaware of this benefit. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (commonly known as the VA) operates 124 of these national shrines, and

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Combat Zone: Memories of a B-17 Pilot

Hutch, as he was known to his fellow airmen in the 423rd Squadron, flew 35 B-17 bombing missions over Germany and occupied Europe, attached to the Eighth Air Force’s 306th Bombardment Group based in Thurleigh, England. Here, he recounts his 34th mission, during which a German anti-aircraft shell exploded inside the plane he was flying.

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Veterans’ Salute: Aid and Attendance Benefits

Veterans’ Salute: Aid and Attendance Benefits

By Frank Smart Elderly veterans and their families should be aware that there may be Veterans Administration (VA) benefits available to those veterans who are hospitalized or housebound. These benefits come in the form of monetary compensation, psychiatric counseling and

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Combat Zone: Memories of a Naval Aviator

Combat Zone: Memories of a Naval Aviator

Montana native John Leslie was just a “pimply faced kid” when he joined the Navy on July 3, 1942 – his 18th birthday. He had begged his father, a coal miner, for permission to join the burgeoning US war effort

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Veterans Services: Helping Veterans and Their Families

For veterans and their families, filling out the paperwork for federal benefits can be a daunting task. Help is available from the county Veterans Service Office in Sonora. There, veterans’ representatives Beth Barnes and Michelle McMaster oversee nearly 3,000 active

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