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American Legion post in Youngstown works to remember forgotten veterans in nursing homes

Published: Sun, April 7, 2013 @ 8:06 p.m.

American Legion post in Youngstown works to remember forgotten veterans in nursing homes




Tears fill Vince Giering’s eyes when he recalls his best friend’s having been shot in the leg and dying a short time later during World War II.

“I brought him to a foxhole but by the time we could get an ambulance, he was gone,” the 90-year-old Army veteran recalled, crying.

Also painful to Giering and many other veterans – especially those in long-term health care centers – is the feeling that they have been forgotten.

That is changing, however, thanks largely to an effort to recognize and honor veterans of all military branches who served during WWII as well as in the Korean and Vietnam wars and who live in area nursing homes and retirement centers.

Giering was one of four veterans who attended a meeting Sunday at American Legion Post 472, 323 E. Indianola Ave., on the South Side, to discuss the matter. They also are residents at Assumption Village, a long-term care facility in North Lima, who were given free memberships to the American Legion post as a token of appreciation for their service. Fourteen others from two care facilities also received the honor.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1Robersabel(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Youngstown cannot claim to be the only city to forget veterans.
I was involved with a 89 year old residing in a nursing home in Tucson, Arizona. The retired USAF Colonel asked for assistance with the process to receive full recognition towards combat service during battles of Bataan and Corregidor.
He was denied by the U.S. Army based on guidelines after the fact.
According to a local attorney such action is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
I must add such action was contrary to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 92. Failure to obey order or regulation; previous procedures applied by the USA, USAR; and history of recipients he fought alongside.
The Colonel died approximately a month after being denied.
Today, he and other members of his unit
are forgotten.

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