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Purple Heart organization to install military monument in Hamilton

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM


            The Military Order of the Purple Heart plans to install a monument similar to this one in Hamilton’s Veterans Park. CONTRIBUTED
The Military Order of the Purple Heart plans to install a monument similar to this one in Hamilton’s Veterans Park. CONTRIBUTED

Veterans Park in Hamilton soon will have a new monument, this one from the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Hamilton has been designated a Purple Heart city, which requires that a place be pro-veteran and patriotic.

The organization’s membership includes about 45,000 combat-wounded veterans from all service branches. Eventually the marker — featuring red granite in a tear-drop shape and a Purple Heart symbol — will be dedicated, said Tony Kohl of Colerain Twp., a Vietnam-era veteran and the organization’s national finance officer.

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“Our work consists of helping all veterans, from all eras, and their families,” he said. “What we specialize in is service officers. They are pretty much at every large VA (hospital) in the country.”

“We’re very grateful to the cities who take care of these kids who come home, and older vets too,” Kohl said.

Mayor Pat Moeller was pleased to learn Hamilton was among Ohio’s earliest Purple Heart cities.

“This community does respect its veterans,” Moeller said. “Whether it be the special days where we recognize them, like Veterans Day or July 4. We try to think of our veterans every day.”

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The group’s trained service officers help all veterans for free. The organization raises money to pay their salaries and provide the supplies they need to help any veteran that walks through the door and needs help with any of a variety of issues, including hospitalization, compensation, education, spousal benefits and housing, he said.

“It makes it much easier for the vets,” said Kohl, who noted he works a lot with Gold Star parents.

“We’re kind-of a well-kept secret for some reason, he said. “We’re chartered by Congress.”

To receive the group’s help, someone must be an honorably discharged veteran, whether wounded or not. More information about the Military Order of the Purple Heart can be found online at www.purpleheart.org or at any VA hospital.

Live updates State of the Union 2018: What time, what channel, livestream, protests

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)
Jim Lo Scalzo/AP
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)(Jim Lo Scalzo/AP)

Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.

Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.

Here’s how to watch the speech.

When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30

What time: 9 p.m. ET

What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.

Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel

Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”

Firsts for State of the Union speeches

From the U.S. House History, Art & Archives website:

First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.

First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.

First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.

First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.

Protests:

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.

Who is not coming:

More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:

  • Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.)
  • John Lewis, (D-Ga.)
  • Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon)
  • Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) 

 

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Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Who is Steven Bannon

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Beavercreek budgets $5.8M in road construction projects

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff
A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff

Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.

City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.

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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.

Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.

In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.

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Residents with questions should call the city engineer’s office at (937) 427-5513.

Girl attacked, killed by dog family owned for five days

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Girl Killed By Dog That Family Owned For Only Five Days

An Oklahoma family is mourning the loss of their 3-year-old daughter who was the victim of a dog attack.

Rylee Marie Dodge was mauled by her family’s dog, an animal they said they had owned for only five days, KSWO reported.

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Rylee’s father Jason was visiting his brother, when he got a call about the attack from his mother who was watching Rylee.

When he got home, he said his mother was trying to rescue the little girl from the pit bull named Remington, KSWO reported. His mother was also injured by the dog. Eventually he was successful in getting his daughter away from the animal, and was putting Rylee in his truck when paramedics arrived, KSWO reported.

Doctors tried to save Rylee, but she died at an area hospital.

Dodge said the dog hadn’t acted strangely before the attack and that it had been playing with Rylee’s brother the day before Rylee was attacked, KSWO reported.