Sunday, April 7, 2013

Father Emil Kapaun To Be Awarded Medal of Honor 62 Years After His Death; Army Pushing VA To Process Disability Claims Faster; Philadelphia Fire Captain Dies In Blaze; Up-Coming Job Fairs

Go Forward Without Fear...Abe Lincoln

Father Emil Kapaun: An Angel To Many

Army Chaplain, Fr. Emil Kapaun, will be awarded the Medal Of Honor on April 11, 2013, for his heroic service to his fellow soldiers as a prisoner of war during the Korean War after his capture in 1950.

Even as he own body was racked with illness, he continued to minister to his fellow prisoners. He was remembered for his humility, bravery and kindness. Even before his capture, he continuously went out under heavy mortar fire and shelling to rescue wounded soldiers.

Father Kapaun died from pneumonia on May 23, 1951, at age 35 still a prisoner of war.

VA Experiencing a 900,000 Backlog In Disability Claims

The pressure keeps mounting on the VA to process disability claims faster. To date, 900,000 disability claims are pending from veterans of all past and present wars. On average, it takes over 400 days for military personnel to go through medical examination, evaluation boards, VA rating and out-processing before finally receiving disability checks as civilians.

VA Secretary Eric Shineski has promised that his transformation plan will end the VA backlog by 2015. We'll be watching Mr. Secretary.

Philadelphia Firefighter Dies Fighting Blaze

Last night, Fire Captain Mike Goodwin of Ladder 27 of the Philadelphia Fire Department, died fighting a fire as the building's roof collapsed.  Goodwin was a 30 year veteran of the department. A second firefighter was hospitalized with burns after his attempt to rescue Captain Goodwin.

Up-Coming Job Fairs For Transitioning Military Personnel And Veterans

The following are up-coming job fairs:
  • April 16, 2013, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • April 18, 2013, Dover, DE.
  • April 30, 2013, in Laramie, WY
Contact Number For All Job Fairs: 202.463.5807
Also, visit for other job fairs throughout the country this coming year.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Jerry!

    Great post. I was wondering if you would be willing to write something for Souldier? I am in Tempe, Arizona, producing a documentary on homeless veterans, PTSD and MST.

    Is this something you might be interested in?