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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Morris Weiner.

Morris Weiner was drafted into the Army in 1943 and received basic training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. After completing basic training, Morris received deployment orders for Europe and was taken by boat to France. Upon arriving in France, Morris was assigned to Company G of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.

The 16th Infantry Regiment were sent to the front line in Ogden, Germany. There, Morris participated in the Allied advance through Europe, fighting through Cologne and Luxembourg, and eventually reaching Bastogne, Belgium, where Morris and his regiment fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

During the battle, Morris and two other men from his company were sent on a reconnaissance patrol. During their patrol, the men found a position from which they could spot a German line. Once it became too dark to continue, Morris and his fellow soldiers prepared to return to their company. However, before they could leave, Morris and his men were surrounded and captured by German forces.

Morris was taken aside and asked by his captors if he was Jewish. However, his German captors seemed more concerned with the ongoing battle and as a result, did not bother separating him from the other prisoners. Morris was then loaded into a boxcar with 48 other Allied prisoners and spent the next two days locked inside without food or water.

After the two-day journey, Morris and his fellow prisoners arrived in Frankfort. There, Morris was placed in a camp with over 20,000 other Allied prisoners. During their captivity, Morris and his fellow inmates lived in abysmal conditions, where disease and lice became rampant, and prisoners were forced to subside on scraps and sawdust. Morris spent much of his time fearing his captors would eventually find out he was Jewish. However, that day did not come. After spending six months in captivity, British forces liberated the camp.

Upon being liberated, Morris received treatment for lice and was sent to a hospital in England to recover from malnourishment. Upon entering the camp, Morris had weighed 170 lbs., by the time he left, he weighed only 98 lbs.

We honor his service.

January 23, 1991-this day in history, this photo was made. US ARMY photo and caption: "A company from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) marches across the apron to board the aircraft that will carry the unit to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield" and Desert Storm. Iraq had invaded and annexed Kuwait in August 1990. In response, a U.S. led coalition of 35 nations spent the next 5 months negotiating a withdrawal by Iraq while building up defensive lines during Operation Desert Shield. When negotiations failed, the coalition engaged the Iraq military with an aerial and ground attack that lasted until the end of February and forcing Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait. Nearly 700,000 U.S. military personnel were joined by another 250,000 coalition troops in the effort. 300 coalition troops died in hostile and non-hostile action, another 1,200 were wounded. #HonoringVets #Honorthefallen #thisdayinhistory

James Holbert, Jr., an Asheville VA electrician, was featured by WLOS-ABC as their “Person of the Week” on Jan. 9. Mr. Holbert is being recognized for his work in the community with Toys for Tots! He has served his country, his community, and fellow #Veterans. We salute you, Mr. Holbert and are proud you are a member of our VA family. #HonoringVets #AshevilleVAMC #ToysForTots #USMC #FacesOfVA

White River Junction VA Medical Center is filled with care package projects on display. The projects were created by vocational #rehabilitation graduates and #Veterans. The care package display spans from World War II to present. #HonoringVets #CarePackages #WWII

Look at the beautiful painted silk scarves that 7 proud Women #Veterans made! The Daughters of American Revolution #volunteered their time to teach this event through the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Women's Recreational Therapy program. #HonoringVets #Therapy #Volunteering #DaughtersOfAmericanRevolution #WomenVeterans

A crowd gathers around a display showcasing the #history and #impact of the GI Bill at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System on Jan. 14.

For 30 days beginning January 12, @theamericanlegion in partnership with the VA in Arkansas, is showing a compelling four-panel display “The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill” in the main atrium of the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. The public, #Veterans, and #Veteran students are all welcomed and encouraged to tour the display. #HonoringVets #VAMC #GIBill


Written with @usairforce veteran Robert Hoskinson at @Operationsong VA National #Veterans Retreat in 2018. Robert told the story of the challenges he faced from an early age, both in and out of the service, and he wanted his song to be direct and honest. Currently three years #sober he hopes his story can help others overcome similar challenges. Written by Operation Song writers Don Goodman and David Kent. Operation Song is partnered with VA Voluntary Service. Their mission is to empower Veterans, active duty #military and their families to tell their stories through the process of #songwriting.


Earlier today, January 22, 2019, -this day in history-1944- the Anniversary of the Battle of Anzio was commemorated at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. This 75th anniversary wreath-laying event was sponsored by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.
Friends of WWII Mem release: "The Battle of Anzio began on January 22, 1944 with the allied amphibious landing known as "Operation Shingle" and ended on June 5, 1944 with the capture of Rome. But the price of victory was high. Allied foreces suffered 43,000 casualties: 7,000 killed and 36,000 wounded or missing. In one measure of the courage and sacrifice of those who fought there, 22 Americans were awarded the Medal of Honor, the most of any single battle of World War II." Wreaths were placed at the Atlantic Arch of the Memorial in honor of the 186,000 allies who served in the battle, and those who suffered the wounds of battle. Speakers and wreath-layers included Fred Muntzner, son of Frederick Muntzner who was killed at Anzio on April 18, 1944, a month after his son was born and weeks before his 22nd birthday; and JoAnne Prasnicki, whose father Arthur G. Prasnicki served at the Battle of Anzio as well as in France, and who died at 97, in 2017.
#HonoringVets #Honorthefallen #WorldWarIIVets #Thisdayinhistory #NationalParkService #NationalWorldWarIIMemorial

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Chris Lambert. Chris served in the Army for eight years then spent five years as a police officer.

Chris was born in November 1984 in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball. Chris attended the University of Dayton, where he met his future wife Halley.

Following college graduation, Chris decided to join the Army. He spent five years on active duty followed by three years in the Army Reserves. During his time of service, Chris served overseas twice in both Iraq and Haiti.

In 2013, Chris graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy and became a state trooper. He was assigned to the District 15 Criminal Patrol Team in Downers Grove.

On January 12, 2019, Chris stopped to assist with a motor vehicle crash on the interstate while coming home from work. He was killed when struck by another motorist.

Chris, a native of Highland Park, was the father of a one-year-old daughter named Delaney. He is being remembered as an avid sports fan and a police officer who was always willing to go out of his way to help others.

We honor his service.

#HonoringVets #USARMY

David O'Connell was recognized on January 14 at VA New Jersey Health Care System and received the Caregiver of the Month Award for his hard work and #dedication. The thing is, he's a #teleworker.

Do you see that conference call device in the background on the table with the green lights on? That's him on the line. We congratulate David and honor all the work he did to earn the award! #HonoringVets #CaregiverOfTheMonth

Meet Dr. Edward Chan, a @usairforce #Veteran and staff physician in the pulmonary division at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Aurora, Colorado. He served from 1989 to 1993 in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and received the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, among other honors.

In addition to working at the VA, Chan practices at National Jewish Health, a respiratory hospital in Denver, and is a professor in pulmonary sciences and critical care at @cuboulder's School of Medicine. Thank you for your service and dedication to treating #Veterans! #HonoringVets #VAResearchersWhoServed #VAntagePoint

Thank you to @usairforce #Veteran Marlo Trabue, Radiologic Technologist at #VANorthTexas for your service and continued service to our #Veterans. Marlo works in our #mammography imaging suite and is our #FacesofVA. #HonoringVets #KeepingThePromise #USAirForce #WomenVeterans

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