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More than 1,000 people attend Michigan funeral for Vietnam veteran

Hundreds of people showed up at a Michigan funeral Wednesday to mourn a Vietnam War veteran who passed away with no surviving family members.

Friends of Wayne Lee Wilson anticipated that only a few people would pay their respects, but the Brown Funeral Home in Niles changed that by posting Wilson’s obituary on Facebook and inviting the public to pay their respects.

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“Dignitaries have funerals like this,” Wilson’s close friend Charlotte Andrews told the Detroit Free Press. “Who would have thought that a simple man with simple ideas and a simple way of life would have been able to have such an enormous amount of people to be able to send him off?”

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U.S. Army members carry a folded flag along with the remains of Vietnam War veteran Wayne Wilson during the memorial service in Niles Wednesday. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Wilson died May 28 with no close family members, so his friends arranged for him to be buried with military honors. Wilson served in the Army from 1971 to 1977 and was wounded during his military service.

“We found out that this particular veteran does not have any family; and as color guard, we honor every veteran,” said Petra Bernard of the Osceola American Legion Post 308. “Every veteran deserves to have their military rights, so we made sure that we came out here to pay our respects to this soldier.”

Wilson often wore his service medals, flew a flag on his motorized scooter and would place flags at the graves of deceased veterans in Silverbrook Cemetery, where he was ultimately laid to rest, according to to the Free Press. People around Niles often called him “Sarge.”

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Flags, flowers and letters alike lie near the remains of Wayne Wilson at the conclusion of the memorial service at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Mich., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Mourners came from several states away to honor him.

“It said on Facebook he didn’t have any family. He does have family,” Ohio resident Kenneth Creech told WNDU-TV. “Everybody that stepped foot in Vietnam is a brother.”

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In brief remarks, Niles Mayor Nick Shelton thanked Wilson and others like him.

“General George S. Patton Jr. said it best: ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,'” Shelton said. “Thank God for Wayne Wilson and thank you all for being a part of his legacy.”

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California police officer, veteran died in his sleep at 36: police

A 36-year-old California police officer and veteran was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after he died in his sleep at his home, the Roseville Police Department said.

Cameron Landon, 36, was discovered in his home Tuesday morning after he died overnight, the department said on Facebook. Police did not say who found Landon’s body and declined to provide any details about the circumstances of his death.

Landon joined the Roseville Police Department in 2015, which serves the town of Roseville located within the Sacramento metropolitan area in northern California. He was a husband and a father to two young children, ages 2 and 4, the department said.

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He previously worked for the Grass Valley Police Department for about two years starting in 2013, the Grass Valley Police said in a separate Facebook post. He also worked as a corrections officer with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office after serving in the Marines from 2005 to 2009.

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Cameron Landon, 36, was discovered dead in his home Tuesday morning after passing away in his sleep, the Roseville Police Department said. (Roseville Police Department)

Roseville Police asked for privacy for the family at this time and said the department will provide information about funeral arrangements once available. The Roseville Police Officer’s Association opened a Memorial Bank Account for the care and support of Landon’s wife and children.

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Landon graduated from Nevada Union High schools in 2001, The Union newspaper reported.

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Disabled vet at risk of eviction from Colorado apartment building for flying US flag

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A controversy has erupted at a Colorado luxury apartment building over a rule prohibiting tenants from flying the American flag.

Myles Hoenisch, a disabled veteran, served in the Army for nearly seven years, including a tour in Iraq and now is risking eviction for defying that rule.

“I joined the Army because I wanted to give back to my country,” he told Fox 31 Denver.

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Hoenisch has been flying the American flag from his balcony since the middle of June; however, his lease agreement at the Avana Eastlake Apartments in Thornton says he’s not allowed to do so.

Avana Eastlake Apartments didn’t return Fox News’ emails for comment, but provided FOX31 with the following statement: “We are proud to support our country and the Veterans who have served.  Our lease agreement, which all residents sign, prohibits any type of flag displayed from balconies.  We often remind residents of this policy and whether it is a college football flag or an American flag, we are required to treat all residents equally.”

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“The country itself, and the pride of this country, is not the same as it used to be,” Hoenisch said.

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Disabled vet at risk of eviction from Colorado apartment building for flying US flag

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A controversy has erupted at a Colorado luxury apartment building over a rule prohibiting tenants from flying the American flag.

Myles Hoenisch, a disabled veteran, served in the Army for nearly seven years, including a tour in Iraq and now is risking eviction for defying that rule.

“I joined the Army because I wanted to give back to my country,” he told Fox 31 Denver.

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Hoenisch has been flying the American flag from his balcony since the middle of June; however, his lease agreement at the Avana Eastlake Apartments in Thornton says he’s not allowed to do so.

Avana Eastlake Apartments didn’t return Fox News’ emails for comment, but provided FOX31 with the following statement: “We are proud to support our country and the Veterans who have served.  Our lease agreement, which all residents sign, prohibits any type of flag displayed from balconies.  We often remind residents of this policy and whether it is a college football flag or an American flag, we are required to treat all residents equally.”

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“The country itself, and the pride of this country, is not the same as it used to be,” Hoenisch said.

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Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea’s embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor.

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“I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.

Ahn can only leave his home for medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the coming days.

Spanish authorities have charged Ahn, 38, who spent six years in the Marines and served in Iraq, with breaking into the North Korean embassy with five others on February 22. They said the group beat some embassy staff and held them hostage for hours before fleeing.

The charges include breaking and entering, robbery with violence and causing injuries, according to U.S. court documents.

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Ahn is said to be a member of Free Joseon, or the Cheollima Civil Defense, an activist group which supports North Korean defectors and seeks to overthrown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two people allegedly involved in the embassy incident are still at large, including Adrian Hong, a Mexican national and longtime U.S. resident who is the purported leader of the group.

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Attorneys for Free Joseon said the allegations of violence are lies from Kim’s diplomats, who they say made up the story to save their own skins. They claim the group members were invited inside and that there were no problems.

“The extradition papers from Spain confirm that almost the entire case against Mr. Ahn is based on uncorroborated statements made by high-ranking North Korean officials,” Ahn’s attorney Naeun Rim told Fox News in a statement last week.

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Video obtained by Fox News shows the activists walking into the embassy and chatting with a member of Kim’s diplomatic corps. One activist takes official photographs of Kim and his father Kim Jong II from a wall and smashes them on the floor.

Ahn was arrested by U.S. agents in April in Los Angeles. His actions have made him a target of the Kim regime, Rosenbluth said in an order conditionally granting him bail.

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Ahn during his tour of duty as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“The F.B.I. has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life,” the judge wrote. “He is apparently the target of a dictatorship’s efforts to murder him.”

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Prosecutors objected to Ahn’s release, citing him as a flight risk.

“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders knowing that he’s going to be home, he’s going to be with loved ones, we can visit with him now,” Juan Sanabria, a former Marine who served with Ahn, told Reuters.

Fox News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn contributed to this report. 

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Country music icon Lee Greenwood helps gift double-amputee veteran a customized home

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Country music star Lee Greenwood was especially proud to be an American over the holiday weekend, after working with a nonprofit to provide a specialized home for an Afghanistan war veteran who lost his legs overseas.

Greenwood teamed up with Helping a Hero to provide wounded warrior Matt Deatherage with a home equipped for him to live independently, and the two men appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Monday to talk about the new house and the organization that made it happen.

Deatherage said he was “amazed” at his new home, and the hard work done by Helping a Hero to aid dozens of veterans like himself with special needs.

“Each of these veterans have their own issues to deal with,” Deatherage said. “Not everyone fits into a specific mold.” The Army veteran was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010, and stepped on a land mine in March 2011 which resulted in the loss of both of his legs. Although he wears state-of-the-art prosthetics, he developed diabetes after his injury and now uses a wheelchair the majority of the time.

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His new home is equipped with ramps and wide doors to accommodate his chair, as well as an exterior pathway so that he can get around outdoors.

Greenwood, best known for his iconic song “God Bless the U.S.A.,” said he felt particularly called to get involved with Helping a Hero. The organization has provided over 100 homes to veterans in 22 states, the singer said.

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“We have to take care of veterans, particularly friends who spent so much time recovering from a wound that would absolutely take us out,” he told the hosts.

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Homeless Colorado veteran receives donated car to help with doctor’s appointments

A veteran in Colorado who has been down on his luck received a special gift on Saturday to help get to doctor’s appointments.

Matthew Kenyon has been having ongoing struggles after being diagnosed with gangrene nearly a year ago that developed into a spinal infection. After losing his job, him and wife wound up homeless.

“We’ve been homeless for a while now,” Keynon told FOX31. “To get to a lot of our appointments, we’ve been having to take mass transit.”

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On Saturday, the Gulf War veteran and his wife received a special gift at the at the Freedom 4 Miler Walk/Run in Lone Tree — a donated car to help them get to doctor’s appointments.

“I am just so grateful to them for doing it,” he told FOX31.

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The vehicle was donated through the efforts of the Colorado Veterans Project, Geico and Caliber Collision.

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“[He’s] the perfect person to give it to,” Todd Youngblood of the Colorado Veterans Project told FOX31. “They didn’t feel like they deserved it, they didn’t ask for it… But they have reliable transportation now.”

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Lawmakers unveil bill to make airport screening easier for wounded vets

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Lawmakers unveiled a bill last week that would make Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening faster and easier for wounded and disabled veterans in an effort to “remedy concerns” injured veterans have when traveling through the nation’s airports.

The bipartisan bill, titled “Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act” or the “VETS Safe Travel Act,” was introduced last week by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

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“America’s veterans face many challenges when they return home from combat, the least of which should be airport security screenings,” Gosar told Fox News. “The VETS Safe Travel Act will ensure that certain disabled veterans will have less intrusive security screenings when going through TSA.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., Andy Harris, R-Md., Davis Rouzer, R-N.C., Greg Pence, R-Ind., Greg Steube, R-Fla., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla.

The bill would apply to veterans with disabilities such as limb loss, blindness or paralysis, and who require the use of a wheelchair and a prosthetic or assistive device to aid mobility. The legislation “seeks to remedy” concerns veterans could have regarding the potential removal of prosthetic limbs in crowded airport spaces.

The bill also would make qualified veterans eligible to apply for TSA pre-check free of charge—a benefit similar to what is already offered to active duty servicemen and women.

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The legislation has been endorsed by the Wounded Warrior Project, Honor Flight Network, Disabled American Veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

It is expected to be taken up by both the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Robert Friend, one of last original Tuskegee Airmen, dead at 99

Robert Friend, who flew 142 combat missions in World War II as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Friday. He was 99.

Friend’s daughter, Karen Friend Crumlich, told the Desert Sun newspaper her father died at a hospital in Long Beach, Calif. The cause of death was not disclosed.

“My dad was my hero. He was always there for me and at the end, I wanted to be there for him,” she told the outlet. “He passed with family and dear friends surrounding him with love and affection. He is truly a National Treasure who I will carry in my heart. I promise to keep his legacy alive by telling his story to anyone who wants to hear it.”

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Lt. Col. Bob Friend, a Tuskegee Airman, stands onstage with actress Pauley Perrette during a benefit concert at The House of Blues in Los Angeles in 2013. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

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Friend was born in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 29, 1920. During his time with the Tuskegee “Red Tails,” as the group was then called, he served as a wingman for the unit’s commander, Benjamin O. Davis, who went on to become the Air Force’s first African-American general.

The Tuskegee program, which trained pilots, navigators and ground crews, was created by the military after the NAACP started challenging policies barring black people from flying military aircraft.

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“I never felt that I was anything but an American doing a job,” Friend told the Desert Sun in 2017.

Friend spent 28 years in the Air Force, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also worked on space launch vehicles and served as a foreign technology program director before retiring as a lieutenant colonel and forming his own aerospace company.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter: President Trump, ‘The Biden Four’ deserve your attention

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Eddie Gallagher, Clint Lorance, Matt Golsteyn, Keith Barry, these are names you may know—but for all the wrong reasons.  They are all glaring examples of the unfortunate reality that our own government has become as much a threat to the American warfighter as the enemy they face in combat.

This is not hyperbole. There is a real, ongoing problem in our government right now that places political correctness and personal agendas over the legal pillars of justice and due process.  Unfortunately, there’s another name you should know—it’s a group of men I call “The Biden Four,” and for good reason.

In 2007, four decorated veterans sought employment with Blackwater USA to continue serving our country as armed guards protecting U.S. State Department officials in Iraq during the height of the insurgency.

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At the time, the unrelenting violence against members of our military and these contractors was rapidly increasing with regular car bombs and other secondary attacks forged daily. Terrorist insurgents were frequently disguising themselves as civilians or police officers in these attacks, sometimes even using women and children as decoys and human shields.

On September 16, 2007, a senior State Department official was meeting with Iraqi counterparts in Baghdad when a car bomb exploded near their location, prompting an emergency evacuation.

Blackwater security teams were dispatched to secure a safe passage for the convoy through Nisur Square, a known epicenter for insurgent violence where, just weeks before, an explosion left a crater the size of a football field.

As the convoy traveled back to the green “safe” zone, a white Kia vehicle broke away from stopped traffic at the checkpoint, driving aggressively towards the approaching convoy, ignoring commands to stop.

Just days before, a notification had been issued at a briefing warning of a similar car used in other attacks. This, coupled with the surrounding violence and the recent car explosions, is why the security team had every reason to believe that the Kia would attack the checkpoint or even the U.S. diplomat’s convoy.

Utilizing weapons provided to them by the State Department, the security team fired at the Kia to disable the clear and present threat, killing its occupants.

Immediately the security team came under small arms fire from insurgents and, after returning fire, witnesses saw military-aged men flee the scene, abandoning weapons and Iraqi police uniforms over embankments as they ran.

The U.S. diplomat passed through Nisur Square safely and returned to the “Green Zone” unharmed due to the direct actions of the Blackwater security team.

Joe Biden sided with Iraqi politicians over America’s own. This is why I am calling these veterans “The Biden Four.”

Unbeknownst to anyone, the Kia was not a car bomb and, following an investigation led by an Iraqi official with known ties to two insurgent groups, these Blackwater contractors became low-hanging fruit in a political correctness battle led by the same government they had served and protected.

During the investigation, the security team was compelled to provide statements about the incident under threat of termination, these statements that were specifically prohibited for use in any criminal prosecution.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) then unconstitutionally used these statements to charge and indict these men on manslaughter and weapons offenses designed specifically to control and punish gang violence and armed drug dealers, not military veterans.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) then unconstitutionally used these statements to charge and indict the men on manslaughter and weapons offenses designed specifically to control and punish gang violence and armed drug dealers, not military veterans.

Fortunately, the original presiding judge in this case recognized the prosecutorial misconduct and dismissed the charges due to “reckless” violations by the DOJ that had “compromised the constitutional rights of the accused.”

But their ordeal was not over. Enter external pressure from the politically correct left.

In an effort by the Obama administration and a State Department run by Hillary Clinton to appease Iraqi government officials, Vice President Joe Biden announced at a joint press conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad that the U.S. federal judge got the decision wrong and that the U.S. government was committed to ensuring that these men be sent to jail for the incident.

Joe Biden sided with Iraqi politicians over America’s own. This is why I am calling these veterans “The Biden Four.”

With the full backing of the Obama administration, the DOJ appealed the original dismissal of charges and prosecuted these men again, this time offering testimony from perjuring witnesses and withholding exculpatory evidence about the attack.

After refusing a plea deal, three of the four men had weapons charges reintroduced.  You are reading this correctly, decorated veterans were punished by their own government for using weapons provided to them by that same government as if they were drug dealers and gang members, paving the way for an unjust conviction.

If anyone should be able to count on our justice system to protect them, it should certainly be those who have defended our nation with their lives. But our justice system has not protected The Biden Four. Three of them were convicted and given a sentence of 30 years and the fourth was retried and given a life sentence.

Four American veterans were convicted by a jury of civilians — none of whom had ever seen combat.

The Biden Four have already served over four years in prison. They are political pawns who now sit in jail.

They are still there even after the Iraqi politicians got their reelection and President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Vice President Biden scored points with a liberal media that vilifies our veterans as heartless mercenaries playing soldier.

The fact remains, these brave men were sent to prison for doing their jobs, jobs that require split decision-making with real lives hanging in the balance.

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President Trump is currently reviewing other cases in which he may exercise his authority as commander in chief to issue a pardon. The Biden Four should be given full consideration for this action.

Our warfighters deserve better. It’s time to have their backs.

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