New Statue to be Added to Howard County Veterans Memorial

New Statue to be Added to Howard County Veterans Memorial

Article by Mike Fletcher of the Kokomo Tribune Donations are being accepted to complete the project at Darrough Chapel (see below for details on how to donate) A family statue monument will soon be among the many tributes to veterans at the Howard County Veterans Memorial at Darrough Chapel Park. Jerry Paul, president of the Howard County Veterans Memorial Corp., said the monument will feature a bronze sculpture of several family members reaching out to a service member. “I want you to feel that family,” he said of his design. “I want you to feel that anguish. I want it to be as real as possible.” The veterans’ memorial, located at 600 S. Goyer Road, features the names of men and women from Howard County who died in the Civil War, Spanish-American...

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We Stand in Solidarity with Fort Hood

We Stand in Solidarity with Fort Hood

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy at Ft. Hood.

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What Will I Need to Start the VA Mortgage Process?

What Will I Need to Start the VA Mortgage Process?

First of all… we appreciate you and/or your family member’s service! One benefit you have earned as a veteran, is the opportunity to finance a home with a VA mortgage. Of course, requirements must be meant to do so. We’ve assembled a short list of information you will want to gather before you start the loan process: Social Security numbers Residence addresses for the past two years Names and addresses of your employers over past two years Your current gross monthly salary Names, addresses, account numbers and balances on all checking and savings accounts Names, addresses, account numbers, balances and monthly payments on all open loans Addresses and loan information of other real estate owned Estimated value of furniture and personal...

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Homeless Veteran Programs to Receive Millions More from VA

Homeless Veteran Programs to Receive Millions More from VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a nearly $14 million surge in funding for programs to assist homeless veterans. The agency approved nearly $9 million in grants for transportation and renovated housing for homeless veterans, in addition to roughly $5 million to boost services for special populations such as women, the elderly and those who are chronically or mentally ill. The grants will go toward 189 programs in dozens of states, according to an agency announcement. “Our local partners have played a vital role in our effort to find, engage, and rescue every homeless veteran,” VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said in an announcement. “Until no veteran has to sleep on our nation’s streets, we still have work to do.” The latest round of funding...

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Have You Heard About The Second Service Program?

Have You Heard About The Second Service Program?

In Indiana, state senators unanimously passed a bill to create the Second Service program. The program would require state colleges and universities to give education credit to veterans or members of the Indiana National Guard. This is fantastic news for Indiana veterans! Veterans could have easier access to a teaching degree in Indiana if legislation passed by the state Senate continues to gain support. They would receive credit for courses taken during service or for passing equivalency exams. Colleges and universities also would be required to offer in-state tuition to any veteran accepted to the program. Veterans from other states would be required to teach at an Indiana public school for one year. Both the full House and governor must also approve the bill...

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