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Heroes Among Us: Ohio Man Helps WWII Vets Fulfill Dream – Seeing Their Memorial

Heroes Among Us

Earl Morse Helps Fly World War II Veterans to See Their Memorial

Originally posted 05/23/2013 07:30AM

Earl Morse had no idea that a casual question would end up launching him on a life-changing crusade.

It was December 2004, and the physician assistant was chatting with some World War II veteran patients when the subject turned to the memorial in their honor that had just opened the previous spring in Washington, D.C.

"I said to them, 'Have you been to see your new memorial?' " says Morse, 54, who was working at an outpatient clinic for veterans in Chillicothe, Ohio.

"Sadly, none of them had been," says Morse, who still works as a full-time PA for the VA and lives in Enon, Ohio, "and reality had set in that they were never going to see their memorial because they didn't have the financial means. That broke my heart."

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West Point Makes History By Hosting First Same-Sex Marriages

West Point Hosts First Same-Sex Marriages

Originally posted 12/03/2012 12:35PM

West Point Military Academy has made history by hosting the institution's first same-sex marriages. 

The 210-year-old Academy hosted the nuptials of Brenda "Sue" Fulton, a 53-year-old West Point graduate, and Penelope Gnesin, 52, at the Academy's Cadet Chapel on Dec. 1. "It was such a sacred, joyous day," Fulton told CNN

The chapel was the first place Fulton heard the Cadet Prayer – which includes the line, "make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong" – and it resonated with her.

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Heroes Among Us: Good Samaritan Boosts Soldiers' Morale with Books

Heroes Among Us

Storm Williams Boosts Soldiers' Morale with Books

Originally posted 08/09/2012 01:40PM

When Storm Williams had buddies deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991, he saw a news report describing the monotony and isolation of war – and he felt for them. 

"These guys had nothing to do," says Williams, 49. "So I boxed up all of my paperbacks that I had read, and then I guilted friends out of their books and magazines and everything else you can think of and sent it out." 

After putting out the first batch, Williams was surprised to receive heartfelt letters from soldiers he didn't even know. 

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