Local American Legion post returns from brink with membership nearly quadrupled

MILFORD — Early last year, Milford’s American Legion Post 3 was struggling. It had no permanent building and just 52 registered members. Today, the organization has nearly quadrupled its membership numbers and has a new space on North Dupont Boulevard with a full bar and grill. “The American Legion is a veterans’ service organization based […]

Wilmington VA works to keep residents connected

WILMINGTON — Because of visitation limitations due to COVID-19, Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center staff had to adjust to overcome these challenges to keep the 40 veterans who live there entertained. “We acted quickly and fiercely to make the tough choice to limit in-person visitations to minimize the chance of exposure to our […]

Dover caregiver recognized by Elizabeth Dole Foundation

DOVER — Silvia Lopez has spent the past decade as a caregiver for her husband, Alex, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a mortuary affairs specialist for 15 years. For her dedication as a veteran caregiver, Mrs. Lopez has been recognized by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation as a member of its 2020 class of […]

Commentary: Remember to honor military, vets with ‘invisible wounds’

By Dr. Chrisanne Gordon May was National Military Appreciation Month, an annual opportunity for us to honor veterans and active-duty members of our military services. This observance takes on special meaning in a year disrupted by COVID-19 because so many on the front lines of the pandemic are also active-duty military or veterans now protecting […]

Drive-thru parades set for Saturday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries

MILLSBORO — Enemy fire did not stop Americans from storming the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, marching over the frozen landscape of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea or the Central Highlands in Vietnam. COVID-19 will not deny the men and women of United States Armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice a post-Memorial Day […]

Virtual race brings real emotion: Dover Korean War veteran goes to victory lane at Monster Mile

DOVER — The grandstands at Dover International Speedway were like a second home to Korean War Veteran Walter “Wally” Yocum Jr., his wife Rose, and their four sons when NASCAR came to town. So, it’s easy to imagine the elation the brothers felt when a race car driven by Anthony Alfredo that was honoring their […]

Best Bets: Comedian Nevers brings the funny for Delaware Veterans Trust Fund

Zenneth Nevers mixes comedy with philanthropy in a way not often seen. As head of the Nevers Foundation, Mr. Nevers’ charity helps children who are homeless, sick or victims of child abuse. He’s also a standup comedian, performing all over the country. The charity came first and then the jokes followed. But the two are […]

World War II veteran honored: John Gordon Blythe receives Quilt of Valor

MAGNOLIA — When World War II veteran John Gordon Blythe looks back on his service, he said it was an honor to serve his country. For Robin Aschenberg, it was an honor to stitch his Quilt of Valor, which he received alongside nine other veterans during a ceremony last Tuesday night. “I just feel terribly […]

Delaware Veterans Coalition to meet on January 27

DOVER — The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bimonthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. The meeting will include the election of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary to two-year terms. The agenda also will include a discussion of the Delaware Veterans Home […]

Presentation focuses on veteran health services

GEORGETOWN — Nearly 80,000 military veterans call Delaware home, having served their country with honor and distinction — in conflicts overseas or by protecting the homeland. For many, some of the most difficult struggles didn’t end on a battlefield or even during their service: those came in the years afterward, as veterans have aged and […]