Vets & Soldiers

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February 6, 2020

Hometown Murray Auxiliary Italian Nite

Hometown Murray Auxiliary 9773, located at 9092 Main St. in Hometown, is hosting an Italian Nite on Saturday, February 15 at 4 p.m. There will be spaghetti with meatballs or sausage and Big Daddy’s famous shrimp scampi. 

Dinner includes salad, bread and butter and dessert. There will be entertainment by Dave Majestic and raffles. Fee is $10. All proceeds go to the Marvie Wisniewski Line Officer Fund. For more information, contact 708-422-9800.

Full story available in all 14 Southwest Messenger Press Newspapers


January 30, 2020

Connecting Veterans and Volunteers Throughout the Nation

(NAPS)—If you would like to help a veteran, if you are a veteran who needs extra help, or know of one in your community, here’s good news. There’s a new, nationwide resource that makes it easy to match civic-minded individuals with those who need a little assistance. The database, called, was created by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit charity that helps veterans get their benefits and services.

Here’s how it works. Veterans, as well as their caregivers, can use the site to seek assistance by entering the type of help they need, from basic tasks such as yardwork, help with errands or other services. Neighbors or friends who know of a veteran in need of help can step in to coordinate requests on their behalf. On the flip side, volunteers who are interested in giving their time can use the site to look for and respond to requests for help.


To find out about volunteering, or if you are a veteran in need of assistance, go to 

Full story available in all 14 Messenger Newspapers


January 16, 2020

Vietnam Veterans Bring Book to Life for American Lit Students

Oak Forest High School students in Mrs. Jennifer Schanz’s American Literature class read Tim O’Brien’s, The Things They Carried. Without giving too much away, the book is about the Vietnam War and the emotions soldiers felt after returning home.

The book is wrote loosely based on O’Brien’s own experiences in the 23rd Infantry Division. While the book is a work of fiction, it is written in a memoir style making it especially gripping for its readers.

In an effort to bring the historical nature of the book to the reality of Oak Forest High School students, Schanz decided she would have her students talk to men who actually fought in the war. This way, students could compare the experiences of real-life Veterans to the ones they were reading about in O’Brien’s novel.

Full story available in the Midlothian-Bremen Messenger


December 12, 2019

Midlothian Native Serves Aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ronald Hensler, from Midlothian, operates a band saw aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is underway conducting carrier qualifications. 

Full story available in all 14 Southwest Messenger Press Newspapers


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