The remains of a West Michigan man killed when his plane crashed during World War II are coming home. The remains of Navy Airman Albert Rybarczyk of St. Joseph will be flown back to Michigan on Thursday. There will be a full military funeral on Monday and then Rybarczyk will be buried next to his parents at St. Joseph's Resurrection Cemetery. 

Strangers salute WWII vet who died at 90 with no family

Nov 17, 2017

More than 100 people have paid their final respects to a World War II veteran from Michigan who died with no known relatives. About 150 people, some of whom never met Gordon Hale, gathered for his funeral Thursday at Grand Haven's Lake Forest Cemetery. 

A Grand Rapids bar has apologized for asking a veteran and his service dog to leave the establishment. Jerome Smith was asked to leave The Holiday Bar on Friday. Smith says he uses the dog to manage post traumatic stress disorder from his time as a Marine. Bar staff say they were concerned for the safety of the dog and others in the crowded bar.

In an early observance of Veterans Day, Spartan Nash and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officially cut the ribbon Thursday on the airport’s new Military Welcome Center. The new, multi-million dollar private space is located in the airport’s pre-security area, and is a 24-hour lounge for active military, veterans and their families to relax when traveling.

Airport President and CEO Jim Gill says the Military Welcome Center is the least that the airport could do for the country’s veterans.

Investigators say a man died at a VA hospital in Michigan after a nurse mistakenly believed he didn't want to be resuscitated in case of an emergency. The death occurred late last year at the hospital in Ann Arbor. The man's name and age weren't disclosed in a report released Tuesday by the inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The man, who had surgery to bypass a blocked artery, complained about chest pain and nausea. 

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Grand Valley State University’s Veterans Network is adding another layer to its program offering academic support to low-income veterans.

Grand Valley State University is a Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency gold-level military friendly institution. Its commitment to military servicemen and women seeking degrees will now expand reaching low-income, first-generation veterans. Through the U.S. Department of Education GVSU is receiving a 5-year, $1.3 million grant establishing what’s called a Trio Veterans upward Bound Program.

With record breaking heat this past weekend, it may be hard to believe Christmas is just three months away. The Ottawa-North Kent Blue Star Mothers, however, has already launched a fundraising campaign for the holiday, with the hopes of placing a wreath on every grave at the Grand Rapids Veterans Cemetery in December.  

Military Veterans and their families joined LZ Michigan Thursday evening to officially open the Vietnam War memorial, ‘The Wall That Heals’ to the public at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. The Wall That Heals is part of a series of events hosted by LZ Michigan this weekend to welcome home and honor military veterans and their families.

“Really this is the opportunity for the community to say, it’s open and come down and celebrate this us,” Tim Tetz the director of Outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund said.

A five day event to “remember, honor and celebrate our community’s veterans and their families” kicked off Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Starting in Allendale, a large motorcade including dozens of motorcycles escorted an official half size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial “The Wall the Heals” to the ballpark in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning. The Wall that Heals is on loan from Arlington, Virginia, and is  part of a series of events lasting through Sunday that aims to welcome home and honor military veterans, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Michigan governor asks flags lowered for Marine's funeral

Sep 15, 2017

Michigan's governor is asking that flags around the state be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of a Marine from southeastern Michigan who died during training. Gov. Rick Snyder's office says flags will be lowered at all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in Lansing on the day of the funeral for Marine Pfc. Michael Giannattasio.