VA clothing allowance


The Department of Veterans Affairs deadline to apply for a clothing allowance is Aug. 1.

Veterans can receive a VA clothing allowance for these reasons: prosthetic or orthopedic appliance, such as a wheelchair or crutches because of a service-connected disability (soft and flexible devices, such as an elastic stocking, are not included), or medication prescribed by a physician for a service-connected skin condition that causes permanent stains or otherwise damages outer garments.

Valerie Denson of Wade Park Prosthetics said the VA clothing-allowance application must be completed by the deadline. Call Wade Park Prosthetics at 216-791-3800, ext. 5914, for information or the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission at 330-740-2450 for assistance.

Waitress honored


The Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission recently presented a plaque to the Bob Evans Restaurant, 7347 California Ave., and recognized one of its waitresses, Sally Canavan, for asking patrons to recite the Pledge of Allegiance twice a day, at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Although she is not a veteran, Canavan instituted the idea of honoring veterans by reciting the pledge.

World War II speaker


William L. Davis, a former Army staff sergeant, is the featured speaker at the World War II Heritage Society dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St. Reservations are $14 per person and can be made by contacting David Frank at 330-757-0515.

Davis will share his experiences in battling the German army. Called to duty in January 1944, he became a squad leader in the 254th Regiment of the 63rd Division. He participated in breaking the Siegfried Line and was part of the Occupation Army of Germany.

Born in 1925 and reared on Youngstown’s East Side, he graduated from East High School and worked for Mackenzie Muffler producing fuel-drop tanks before being drafted.

After the war, Davis briefly worked at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. before enrolling in Youngstown College and graduating with a degree in chemistry. For more than 20 years, he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency as an air-pollution chemist. He and his wife, the late Delores, had two daughters.


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sherrell Jones, an aviation ordnance man from Youngstown and 2006 graduate of The Rayen School, is serving aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. One of the world’s largest warships, the USS Harry S. Truman is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.


Air Force: Airman 1st Class Nevada P. Dobbs (Beaver Local High School, Lisbon, ’13), daughter of Shannon M. Green and Stephen A. Dobbs of East Liverpool, stepdaughter of David A. Green of Wadsworth, and granddaughter of Gary and Sally J. Winterburn of East Liverpool; Airman Torrell M. Grier (Youngstown Christian School, Boardman, ’10), son of Paul R. Grier of Youngstown and Tawunya L. Hicks of Davenport, Iowa.

Items of note for the Armed Forces Digest can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or emailed to William K. Alcorn at

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