Muddy roads will soon give way to asphalt and bare ground transformed with sod and landscaping as construction of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell enters its final stages.
The Times-Picayune reports the $8 million cemetery is scheduled to open in April. The 75-acre site is on the north side of Interstate 12 next to the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Villere in St. Tammany Parish.
When injured veterans returning to their homes from Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t finding the help they needed, one Northshore resident set out to correct the problem.
When Northshore resident Suzy McDaniel went on vacation with her husband, neither of them expected that she would be in a horseback riding accident. Nor did they imagine that the rehab from that incident would lead to the creation of an organization which would help men and women serving our country thousands of miles away.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson is retiring after four years, and his deputy will be interim secretary.
He says Carson opened and maintained service offices in every parish, made all Louisiana veterans and their spouses eligible to live in the department's five veterans' homes, and added a second veterans' cemetery. He also developed a program to help veterans who own small businesses get state contracts.
Marshall Hevron speaks at the October meeting of the Alfred E. Flynn VFW post in New Orleans. Flynn was a resident of the Uptown neighborhood where the post is located and died in World War II.
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Members of New Orleans VFW Post 8973 converse outside their Lyons Street hall before an October meeting. The Uptown building has two apartments on the second floor that the group has renovated and plans to rent.
New Orleans VFW members and leaders discuss the growing post on Lyons St.
The nation is marking Veterans Day with parades and ceremonies to honor those who served in the U.S. military. In New Orleans, a growing post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is taking on projects with more and more members.
The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk have a Friday morning ceremony to honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action. It culminates with a motorcycle ride led by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Since 1979, the third Friday in September has been a national day to recognize U.S. service members who were held prisoner or remain missing, and their families.