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U.S. Army Veteran Lawrence Spellman Honored

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP, NJ --The Camden County Board of Commissioners gathered in Voorhees Township for a recent Town Hall Meeting and honored U.S. Army Veteran Lawrence Spellman. Spellman, a police officer for Voorhees Township, served in the Army from 2009 to 2012, after which he was honorably discharged. During his service, Spellman was deployed to Iraq where he was involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. During his time in the Army, Spellman received... Read more →

George Tomlin, Jr., 96, of Bellmawr; WW II Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

George Tomlin, Jr., on March 10, 2023, of Bellmawr. Age 96. The Purple Heart (PH) is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after 5 April 1917, with the U.S. Military Beloved husband of the late Katherine (nee Gifford) Tomlin. Devoted Father of Kathleen Underwood (Robert) and Robert Tomlin. Loving pop of Robert Jr. (Beth), Brian (Theresa) and Jennifer (Jason). Great... Read more →

Biden has Turned Southwest Border into a Meaningless Line in the Sand

MAY 2022 U.S. Border Patrol agents working in El Paso, Texas, apprehend 1,036 illegal aliens, the largest single group ever caught, according to US Customs and Border Patrol source The Biden administration has turned the southwest border into a meaningless line in the sand and little more than a speedbump for aliens flooding into the country, according to a scathing federal court order blasting the president’s controversial catch-and-release policy. Known as Parole Plus Alternative... Read more →

Howard J. Theckston Jr., 90, formerly of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus; Korean War Marine Veteran

On February 28, 2023, Howard J. Jr., age 90, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ, Howard graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and Gloucester Catholic High School before serving in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he married Margaret Taylor and relocated to Downingtown, PA where they raised their two children. Howard enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, golfing,... Read more →

Medal of Honor Presented to Ret. Army Colonel Paris D. Davis

Army Colonel Paris D. Davis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War. Davis, now a retired colonel, attended a White House ceremony on March 3, 2023 where President Joseph Biden presented him the Medal of Honor. His Medal of Honor citation was read during the ceremony. While serving as commander of Detachment A-321, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, during combat... Read more →

Attention Active-Duty Military, Reservists and Veterans! Claim Your Green Flag INDYCAR Tickets

The American Legion in partnership with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is offering active-duty military, reservists and veterans of the United States Armed Forces two (2) FREE Green Flag Friday tickets in appreciation for your service to our country. Along with watching some of the world’s most elite drivers kick off the season opener weekend you and a guest can enjoy Alex Palou pilot the #10 American Legion | Be The One car... Read more →

Face of Defense: Chinese Surveillance Balloons Are Global

Feb. 13, 2023 | By David Vergun , DOD News | When President Joe Biden came into office, he directed the U.S. intelligence community to do a broad assessment of Chinese intelligence capabilities, said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council in the White House, speaking to the media today. "We were able to determine that China has a high-altitude balloon program for intelligence collection that's connected to the People's Liberation... Read more →

Wreaths Across America Radio and Veteran Radio Programs Join Together

New programming added to the Wreaths Radio lineup is veteran-centric and aims to inform, educate, and entertain! COLUMBIA FALLS, ME — February 6, 2023 — Wreaths Across America Radio, is a full-time internet radio station that broadcasts a variety of music, news, and stories regarding American veterans, their families, and the ongoing community work of Wreaths Across America and its local volunteers. Today, Wreaths Across America Radio proudly announces entering into a content-sharing agreement with... Read more →

AMERICAN LEGION: General Says US Headed for War with China

1. China could be at war with the United States two years from now, a top Air Force general predicted in a bombastic and unusual memo to troops under his command, asserting a significantly shorter timeline before potential conflict than any other senior U.S. defense official to date. Gen. Michael A. Minihan, who as head of Air Mobility Command oversees the service’s fleet of transport and refueling aircraft, warned personnel to speed their preparations for... Read more →

AMERICAN LEGION: Five Things to Know

1. Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are “indications” the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of the officers has died. 2. A woman who stole nearly $500,000 from the federal Veterans Affairs department by impersonating her dead mother for nearly 50 years has been spared... Read more →

Wreaths Across America Will Honor “The Four Chaplains” on February 3 in Maine

On Friday, Feb. 3rd, Wreaths Across America remembers the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine – Friday, Jan. 20, 2022 – On Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2023, Wreaths Across America will honor the American heroes known as “The Four Chaplains” with a special live event at 1 pm EST, from the nondenominational Balsam Valley Chapel and balsam tip lands located in the Downeast Region of Maine. This event is open... Read more →


submitted by Maureen G. and Frank K. Now it is clear why the media hardly mentioned Pearl Harbor this year. When I was a kid, I couldn't understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why General Eisenhower Warned Us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be... Read more →

Medal Ceremony Honoring Veterans at Camden County Boathouse

Camden County Service Military Service Medals PENNSAUKEN, NJ (December 12, 2022)--Veterans and their families will join the Board of Commissioners and other local officials for a ceremony where 17 veterans will be honored with the Camden County Military Services Medals. The event is being held at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken on Thursday, December 13 at 11 AM. Commissioner and Gold Star mother, Melinda Kane, liaison to the county’s Office of... Read more →

How To Evaluate Military Charities

Ashley, a junior at Eastern Illinois University, poses with a photo of her father, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2009. Ashley continues to receive educational scholarships from Children of Fallen Patriots. (NAPSI)--The holiday season is generally a time of joy and celebration, but military families can often experience different emotions. Active service members and veterans returning home for the holidays might struggle to participate in family gatherings or even find the season... Read more →


From the desk of Vincent J. Troiola, American Legion National Commander December 7 is often remembered as a day of infamy. I prefer to think of it as a day of bravery. Sixteen Medals of Honor were later awarded for actions taken in and around the Hawaiian Islands that day. Fifty-one Navy Crosses, 53 Silver Stars, four Navy and Marine Corps Medals, four Distinguished Service Crosses, a Distinguished Flying Cross and three Bronze Stars were... Read more →

CC Board of Commissioners to Honor Seven Veterans

OAKLYN, NJ (November 30, 2022)--Veterans and their families will join the Board of Commissioners and other local officials for a ceremony where seven veterans will be honored with the Camden County Military Services Medals. Commissioner and Gold Star mother, Melinda Kane, liaison to the county’s Office of Veterans Affairs, talked about the importance of the ceremony for the municipality. “These men and women have displayed true bravery and patriotism; for that, they deserved to be... Read more →

What Is The Biggest Military Base In Your State?

Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square Nov 18, 2022 image courtesy of The U.S. defense budget - by far the largest of any country in the world - is the subject of regular controversy. But while multi-billion dollar weapons development programs that blow past budgets and deadlines will always be subject to political scrutiny, much of America's annual military spending is less controversial. Nearly one-quarter of the $718 billion in U.S.... Read more →

New York Army National Guard Announces Promotions of Two Soldiers from NJ

LATHAM, NY (11/21/2022)-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Danny Colladoestevez from Clementon (zip code 08021), N.J., and assigned to the 719th Transportation Company, received a promotion on October 20, 2022, to the rank of sergeant 1st class. Christopher Fernandez from Sewell (zip code 08080), N.J.,... Read more →

Help for 800,000 Veterans Still Lacking

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania has the better part of a million veterans living within the commonwealth, but support for them can be lacking. “I don’t like that veterans have to take care of veterans,” Rep. Joe Webster, D-Collegeville, said, noting a lack of centralized support. “Our nation should be taking care of these veterans. It... Read more →

Wreaths Across America Announces 2022 Escort to Arlington

Chevrolet to lead the country’s longest veterans’ parade with wrapped vehicles transporting Gold and Blue Star Families, Veterans, and American patriots! COLUMBIA FALLS, ME – Nov. 14, 2022 – What has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual “Escort to Arlington” – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. The official route, which can be viewed here, will travel down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials, and other... Read more →


– TICKETS ON SALE NOW Walk among the dinosaurs as North America’s most popular, can’t-miss dinosaur adventure stomps into Pennsylvania Convention Center, Dec. 17-18 Jurassic Quest Media Assets: click here The largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! Philadelphia and Delaware Valley families can walk among the nation’s biggest herd of photorealistic dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest® opens at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a limited one... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Gunther, Havlat, Knauss, and Veterans Day

By Joseph Reagan Director of Military and Veterans Outreach for Wreaths Across America Afghanistan Veteran COLUMBIA FALLS, ME. — October 28, 2022 — The 11th hour has become synonymous with Veterans Day, originally called Armistice day, in recognition of the document signed at the 11th hour, or the 11th day, of the 11th month. In reality, the Armistice ending the war to end all wars was signed around 5 am on November 11th. Over the... Read more →

Marine Corps Major George O'Brien Jr., Medal of Honor Winner

Oct. 31, 2022 By Katie Lange , DOD News Marine Corps Maj. George Herman O'Brien Jr. led several "kids," as he described them, into a lopsided battle to maintain the main line of resistance in Korea. His daring and forceful leadership inspired the men around him, which helped them push the enemy back. For his bravery, O'Brien earned the Medal of Honor. O'Brien was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, George,... Read more →

New Helicopters Arrive at Air Station Atlantic City

MH-65 Short-Range Recovery Helicopter ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City received its first upgraded MH-65E Dolphin helicopter Monday to replace the legacy MH-65D helicopters that serve out of the Coast Guard's largest MH-65 helicopter unit. The avionics upgrade to the Echo or “E” configuration will provide enhanced search and rescue capabilities including modern "glass cockpit" technology that increases pilot and aircrew situational awareness. The Dolphin upgrades also include reliability and capability... Read more →

Military Whistleblowers Press Conference 10/18/22:

Risking Their Careers Active Military Officers Call For End To DOD's Unlawful COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, DC – Risking their careers, active-duty officers in the US military called for an end to the DoD’s unlawful Covid-19 mandates today and exposed the coercive and retaliatory punishment that 80,000+ unvaccinated servicemembers continue to face. VIDEO OF PRESS CONFERENCE The thoughts and opinions expressed by these military members are their own, and they do not represent the DoD or their service branch. “I’m bringing awareness to this issue because it’s my responsibility as... Read more →

Local Veterans Honoring the Men and Women of Camden County for Bravery and Patriotism

Medal Ceremony Aboard the Battleship New Jersey Honors Veterans and their families will join the Board of Commissioners and other local officials on Friday, September 30th at 4 PM for a ceremony where 13 veterans will be honored with the Camden County Military Services Medals. Commissioner and Gold Star mother, Melinda Kane, liaison to the county’s Office of Veterans Affairs, talked about the importance of the ceremony for the municipality. “The Board of Commissioners wants... Read more →

Coast Guard Reports Fishing vessel Aleutian Isle recovered, defueled and on salvage barge

SEATTLE, September 22, 2022 — Response crews successfully placed the fishing vessel, Aleutian Isle, onto a salvage barge near Mitchell Bay on San Juan Island on Sept. 21. The vessel no longer poses a significant threat to the environment and will soon transit to a mainland facility for further investigation into the cause of the sinking. “We are so pleased to see the vessel safely out of the water,” said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kira Moody,... Read more →

Final preparations underway for lifting fishing vessel Aleutian Isle 

SEATTLE -- Response crews working to salvage the fishing vessel Aleutian Isle successfully rigged all required cables to lift the vessel out of the water and place on a barge near Sunset Point on San Juan Island Friday.   The 58-foot fishing vessel spent over a month under 200 feet of water in Haro Strait, after it sank on Aug. 13 off the west side of San Juan Island, Washington. The exact date and time... Read more →

CNB Business News: Veteran Small Businesses Opening in Philly

Fifth and Cherry A Veteran-owned family business, Fifth & Cherry creates heirloom-quality wooden cutting boards that are meant to last a lifetime. The boards are handcrafted using only end-grain construction and Black American cherry wood from Pennsylvania and New York making them 100% food safe and antibacterial (safer than plastic). Fifth & Cherry also offers a lifetime warranty and free refinishing (the only cutting board company in the world to do this). Price: $299 Available... Read more →

5 Million Illegal Immigrants Entered the United States Since Biden Took Office...and THEY KEEP COMING

photo courtesy of the United States Embassy in Uruguay The United States closely follows the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and, in the process, are violating their sovereignty, laws, and procedures. As President Trump has stated, consistent with U.S. law, the United States will not allow illegal immigrants to... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story:

Gloucester City & Board of Ed. Should Hire Veterans First?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet source When viewing our Gloucester City employees' and retirees' salaries and pensions (I want to know where my tax dollars are spent) I noticed that some of the databases indicated if the person was a veteran. What I found was disheartening. First, I looked at the retired teachers. There are about 200 retirees and of those I found 3 veterans. Three! Vince Kuczynski, Frank Keebler and Bob McQuillan - thank... Read more →

The Article III Project Releases Statement on Today's FBI Raid of Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Article III Project issued the following statement after the FBI raided former President Donald J. Trump’s home: “Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Chris Wray, and the other appointees in the Biden Justice Department are targeting President Biden’s political rival, with no legal basis or precedent. There’s simply no justification to raid the home of any former President over records dispute with the National... Read more →

Sports Heroes Who Served: Army 1st Lt. Amber English

Army 1st Lt. Amber English is an American sport shooter who competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, setting a new Olympic record of hitting 56 of 60 targets and becoming the second woman in American history to ever win an Olympic skeet shooting gold medal. She contended for a spot on both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Teams but did not qualify for either. This motivated her to join the U.S. Army Marksmanship... Read more →

Pennsylvania vets waiting more than a year for federal records required for benefits

By Joe Mueller | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Some veterans are waiting a year or more for a document from the federal government enabling them to receive services they’re entitled to, according to Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs administrators. “You would think – and this is just me saying this – in this day and age with our technological capabilities to produce scanned files of absolutely everything, we would be able to point and... Read more →

Samaritan Hosts Virtual Theater of War Performance

Production Spotlights Challenges Faced by Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Mount Laurel, NJ – Samaritan, the not-for-profit healthcare provider offering hospice care, grief support, palliative medicine, and primary care at home, is “playing” host to a unique virtual theatrical performance. Theater of War Productions’ “The Nurse Antigone” series, which presents dramatic readings from ancient Greek plays on Zoom as a catalyst for guided discussions on the state of nursing, will utilize Samaritan’s headquarters and nursing... Read more →

Consumer Alert for Service-members and Their Families

One thing that comes with being in the military is almost constant change — new cities, new homes, new friends — and new cars. As part of Military Consumer Month, if you’re thinking about buying a new car or truck, know that servicemembers and their families are often targets of fraudulent car dealers. Some unscrupulous dealers will advertise for a particular vehicle, or as military friendly, lure you to the dealership, then claim the vehicle... Read more →

WATCH: Robin Williams Tribute to The American Flag

Robin Williams as the American Flag, an entertaining and educational tribute to the Stars and Stripes. This performance was from “I Love Liberty,” a two-hour television special created by Norman Lear and presented by People For the American Way in 1982. source Big Geek Daddy - Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos Read more →

Hope For The Warrior Has Partnered with Milspo Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (May 5, 2022) –Hope For The Warriors has partnered with Milspo Academy powered by CareerDash to strengthen its support for the military spouse and caregiver community by helping in their search for meaningful education and employment opportunities. Celebrating 15 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services. A 2021, a Blue Star... Read more →

*The Battleship New Jersey America's Most Decorated

USS New Jersey (BB-62) – United States Navy Battleship The Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial regularly ranks as one of the best museums in NJ, one of the best things to do in Philadelphia, and serves as an entertaining attraction in New Jersey for families. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the largest battleship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in... Read more →

Unified Command continues response to barge fire in Delaware Bay

BOWERS, Del. — The fire onboard the barge in the Delaware Bay has been extinguished, Tuesday, and Northstar Environmental and Marine Services has been contracted to assess the integrity of the vessel and manage salvage operations. A Unified Command consisting of representatives from Eastern Metal Recycling, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard has been established to oversee salvage... Read more →


The Quintessential reason - Why Grandpa carries a gun. Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to "A Little Gun History" about halfway down. Why Carry a Gun? My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whopping.' I don't carry a gun to kill people.... Read more →

USGS and Partners Working Together to Monitor Bacteria in the Delaware River

For the second year, USGS scientists have installed and are testing the effectiveness of an innovative system to monitor bacteria concentrations in near real-time on the Delaware River. The system was re-deployed earlier this month at Pyne Point Park in Camden County, New Jersey. USGS data could help water resource managers and local government agencies as they make decisions focused on reviving the river and protecting public health, including determining the safety of recreational activities.... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Suicides on USS George Washington a Concern

Stars and Stripes MAY 12, 2022 House lawmakers on Wednesday raised alarm over the string of suicides on the USS George Washington and the readiness of the Navy overall as the Pentagon’s top official acknowledged shortcomings with how sailors are housed on ships undergoing repairs. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee that the Pentagon is awaiting the results of two investigations into the George Washington and figuring out how... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Avalon Memorial Day Events

Avalon Hosts Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Monday, May 30th American Legion Post #331 (Stone Harbor/Avalon) and the Borough of Avalon will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30th, 2022. The parade will step off at 32ndStreet and Dune Drive and proceed north to Veterans Plaza where the ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade. DOWN THE SHORE The Guest of Honor at the event will be Command... Read more →

Families Can't Feed Their Babies Because of Formula Shortage, But Illegals Have No Problem Getting It

SEE VIDEO BELOW UNITED STATES BORDER, TEXAS (CNBNews)-- Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack, of Florida, announced Wednesday night that pallets of baby formula are being sent to illegal immigrants being housed at facilities at the border amid a shortage that has seen many parents unable to find it at their local store. NATIONAL Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said in a video posted to Facebook Wednesday. "Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby... Read more →

The American Legion Offers 5 Things to Know About Ukraine

Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress visited the Ukraine president recently AMERICAN LEGION 1. A first group of civilians trapped for weeks inside a steel plant in Mariupol under Russian siege was expected to reach a Ukrainian-controlled city on Monday, as a new attempt was launched to allow people sheltering elsewhere in the city to leave. Meanwhile. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Saturday, becoming... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: One veterans opinion, For Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month

Let Us Never Forget Our Solemn Pledge We must believe in our ability to work together to solve our toughest problems. On Memorial Day, 1945, the war in Europe had ended but the fighting in the Pacific continued, Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott voiced remarks at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Turning his back on the assembled VIP’s he faced the rows upon rows of headstones and apologized to the 20,000 fallen Americans who... Read more →

How The Federal Government Handles Found Military Ordnance

Examples of devices recovered and rendered safe by the FBI Eastern Missouri Bomb Tech Task Force, including a World War II-era Japanese mortar round, a Civil War-era cannonball, and a grenade. Some families of aging U.S. war veterans are finding unexpected, and highly dangerous, souvenirs among their loved ones’ belongings—ticking time bombs. Service members either brought the devices home from their combat service or purchased them later. Most of the devices found today come from... Read more →

Secretary of Defense Thanks Slovakia Assistance to Ukraine

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE FEATURE Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III put out a statement of gratitude for Slovakia's assistance to embattled Ukraine.  He applauded the Slovak government's decision to supply an S-300 air defense system to Ukraine.  "It's a strong testament to how determined Ukraine's neighbors are to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia's unprovoked invasion of their homeland," he said. "We also recognize Slovakia for its extraordinary humanitarian assistance efforts and for... Read more →

Medal Of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch, Green Beret Medic and Vietnam War Veteran

CNBNEWS FACE OF DEFENSE Army Sgt. Gary Burnell Beikirch (inset) made a post-military career out of helping veterans and children — a passion he discovered while healing from wounds he suffered in Vietnam that left him temporarily paralyzed. During the battle where he earned those scars, Beikirch saved several wounded men. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Beikirch was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Rochester, New York. His parents, George and Norma, divorced... Read more →