Irene Kierski – WWII POW Veteran Honored with Quilt of Valor 

        When most people hear the word POW (prisoner of war), they often think of men, but that is not always the case. This month, we introduce you to Irene Kierski, 91, of Wilkins Township, who is the oldest living female POW from World War II in the Pittsburgh area. She served in the Polish Army for four years under the command of the British.  [Read more…]

The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall  Makes Its Way to Our Region 

By Paula Green 

 You don’t attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault.                                                                                                                  James Hillman 

          The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. In March 1965, President Lyndon Johnson sent the first combat troops to South Vietnam in response to a Viet Cong attack on the U.S. air base in Pleiku. The war ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3 million people were killed in the conflict including over 58,000 Americans.  [Read more…]

Wounded Heroes Hunting Camp

 

“Healing on the Hunt”

By Paula Green

            The Wounded Heroes Hunting Camp (WHHC) is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping wounded combat veterans heal.  This group strives to get wounded heroes involved in outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing.  These activities challenge, empower and enable these military heroes to participate in events that they enjoy. [Read more…]

Celebrations, Commemorations and Inductions

By Paula Green

         The staff at VA Butler’s Cranberry Township Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) hosted a surprise centennial celebration on Mar. 24.  World War II Army veteran William “Bill” Proffitt turned 100 years old on March 27, and the hospital staff honored him for his years of military service. [Read more…]

November is a Special Time to Honor & Recognize Our Veterans

 

troops_5x5_whitecaneBy: Paula Green

It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.  The following year, it was commemorated as Armistice Day, [Read more…]