Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News concerning veterans of the U.S. Army and other services.

Legendary Ranger, Veteran of 3 Wars Dies

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Retired Lt. Gen. David Grange at a Ranger School graduation.
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Legendary Ranger, Veteran of 3 Wars Dies

Retired Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr., a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam and the revered namesake of the Army’s Best Ranger Competition, died Sept. 11. He was 97.

Beloved World War II Paratrooper Dies

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Former Pfc. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin.
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Beloved World War II Paratrooper Dies

Former Pfc. Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, a beloved and celebrated veteran of World War II who jumped into Normandy, France, on D-Day with the 101st Airborne Division’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, died Sept. 11. He was 101.

Martin “died in his home he built” in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio, said his granddaughter, Jodi Martin. “He was very at peace,” she said.

Post 9/11 Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law

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Post 9/11 Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law

A bill supported by the Association of the U.S. Army to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits is now law, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is urging eligible veterans to apply for benefits.

President Joe Biden signed the bill, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, on Aug. 10. It is the most significant expansion of benefits and services for toxic exposed veterans in more than 30 years, the White House said.

Post-9/11 Burn Pit Bill Clears Congress

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Post-9/11 Burn Pit Bill Clears Congress

An Association of the U.S. Army-supported bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits passed the Senate on Aug. 2 and will soon be on its way to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature. 

It passed the Senate 86-11. The House of Representatives passed it in July, 342-88. 

Addition to Korean War Memorial Honors the Fallen

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Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance
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Addition to Korean War Memorial Honors the Fallen

The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., now features a Wall of Remembrance bearing the names of the fallen.

Unveiled on July 27, the 69th anniversary of National Korean War Armistice Day, the wall is inscribed with the names of more than 36,000 U.S. soldiers and over 7,000 Korean augmentees who fought alongside the Americans. 

The Korean War, sometimes referred to as “The Forgotten War,” was fought between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953. 

AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in July

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AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in July

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcasts in July that include a discussion with former acting Army Secretary John Whitley and insights from the commander of Army Cadet Command.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is an interview with Aaron Hale, a former soldier and entrepreneur who owns E.O.D. Fudge.

Army Veterans Help Team Win Gold at 2022 Paralympics

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Jen Lee tending goal
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Army Veterans Help Team Win Gold at 2022 Paralympics

Two Army veterans are now three-time Paralympic gold medalists after Team USA’s sled hockey team came out on top at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Jen Lee, the goaltender, and Rico Roman, a forward, had previously won gold at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympics.

On March 13, Team USA’s sled hockey team cemented its dominance with a 5-0 victory over Canada to win the gold medal. This is the team’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Paralympic title. 

Army Veterans Compete in 2022 Paralympic Games

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Rico Roman, paralympian, plays hockey
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Army Veterans Compete in 2022 Paralympic Games

Three Army veterans are representing Team USA at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. 

The Games began March 4 and will conclude March 13.

The U.S. Paralympic Team includes 67 members, according to a Feb. 21 Team USA press release. Twelve members of the team are military veterans, accounting for nearly a fifth of the team, according to the Team USA website. 

Hometown Honors Sullivan, McConville and 16 Others

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Hometown Honors Sullivan, McConville and 16 Others

Eighteen military leaders, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville and retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army, were honored Sept. 11 by their shared hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts.

City officials honored the general officers by dedicating Generals Bridge and Park to the men, all of whom were raised in Quincy.