Awards for valor to be presented

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry
Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry



Posted: July 03. 2011 4:55AM

Army solder to receive medal of honor – President Obama is scheduled to present the Medal Of Honor on July 12 to Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for extraordinary heroism in Afghanistan in 2008. Petry is an Army Ranger who has been deployed eight times, with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan. His presentation will increase the total number of living recipients to 85.

Navy Cross awarded to two Marines

– On June 10, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented Capt. Ademola Fabayo and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez of the United States Marine Corps each the Navy Cross, the second- highest award for valor in the military. Both men are immigrants to the United States.

More MIAs identified – The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of the remains of World War II Army Air Forces Pfc. Mervin E. Sims of Peteluma, Calif.; Korean War Army Cpl. Primo C. Camabuci of Old Saybrook, Conn.; Cpl. Harold B. Moore of Wood County, W.Va.; Army Cpl. A.V. Scott of Detroit; Vietnam War Air Force Capt. Darrell J. Spinier of Browne Valley, Minn., and Air force 1st Lt. David A. Thorpe of Seneca Falls, N.Y.

First round of caregiver training – More than 500 family caregivers who applied for the new services offered to post-9/11 veterans and their caregivers through a program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers by Veterans Affairs started their training June 9-10. The core training, which was developed in collaboration with Easter Seals, is offered in traditional classroom settings, online or through home study with a DVD and workbook. Veterans may review the criteria for eligibility and download the family caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at

Blue Water Navy exposure to Agent Orange – The VA addressed the findings on the effects of Agent Orange on Blue Water Sailors – deepwater Vietnam-era Navy or Coast Guard veterans. In summary, the report stated that the level of concentration was undeterminable. The VA is also telling those who feel they were exposed to Agent Orange to submit claims for benefits despite the reports findings.

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