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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

By SEAN BARRON

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


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