veterans

World War II Vet Returns For Deer Season
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

History Afield: Home for the Hunt

Credit Joyce Bong Erickson

Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season.  For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition.  In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.

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Bridging Gap Between Vets and Resources
4:58 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Grants to Help Northern Wisconsin Homeless Veterans

State officials have a new plan to help connect homeless veterans in northern Wisconsin with social services and other resources. 

Federal grants totaling 1.2 million dollars over the next three years…will go to fund a new Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program. 

Veterans Affairs Grant Specialist Kelly Laabs says it’s trying to help homeless veterans access programs that provide things like housing or healthcare.    

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Decorating for Holiday Season
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Forty-Foot Oneida County Balsam Fir Heads to Capitol Rotunda

Kim and Dennis Shoeneck are donating more than a dozen trees to decorate the state capitol.
Credit Pixabay

The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County. 

Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products.  He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.

Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections. 

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96 Vets Head to DC
4:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Honor Flight Departs from CWA

Almost a hundred veterans are departing from Central Wisconsin Airport Monday on an Honor Flight.

As North Central Wisconsin Honor Flight Co-founder Jim Campbell says, the one-day trip to DC starts before dawn.

“Monday morning at 0-dark thirty, they head out to the airport.  Most of the veterans are there by 0500.  And we launch out around 7 o’clock in the morning.” 

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70 Years Since D-Day
3:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 90 years old, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. military.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This month marks 70 years since D-Day, the landing operations at Normandy during World War 2.  

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Memorial Day Speaker
4:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Veteran Remembers POW Experience

This Memorial Day…we hear from veteran Glenn Johnson.

Johnson served as a paratrooper in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division.  He was injured after parachuting into German territory just prior to the Normandy invasion in 1944.  There he was captured and imprisoned for five months.    

Johnson describes how he and two others escaped one day while on a work detail near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. 

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Recycling Proceeds Generate Funds
5:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cell Phone Collection to Benefit Soldiers

This Memorial Day weekend… a charity group wants you to donate old cell phones to benefit soldiers. 

Military Support Group and AT&T have put out collection boxes in several locations in Rhinelander. 

AT&T Wisconsin Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the old cell phones are recycled …and the proceeds go to pay for phone cards for soldiers overseas.

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Day of Confusion
5:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Memories of Pearl Harbor, 72 Years Later

Walter Wendt survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend marks 72 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Earlier this fall we heard from Walter Wendt, 95-year-old naval veteran of Pearl Harbor.

He remembers the day of the attacks as one of confusion.

“Rumors filled –spread like wildfire.  They said that there were Japanese landing at Pearl Harbor and there wasn’t any. They said they were landing at Waikiki Beach and there wasn’t any.  There was a guy they put on watch – there was a guy came in, he shot em and it was one of our own men.  The jitters were so high.”

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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...

 

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Recently-Opened Government
2:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Honor Flight to Take Place As Planned

Many Honor Flight participants will head to the Korean War Monument in Washington, D.C.
Credit Expert Infantry

One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C. 

The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.

Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.

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