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Protecting the Protectors

New recruits get hugs and candy bars. Deployed personnel receive ‘Freedom Boxes’ filled with toiletries and Girl Scout cookies. Returning veterans find camaraderie and comfort. And when it’s time for the final goodbye, grieving families are supported at the service and at the cemetery. Across Oklahoma, volunteers serve in nonprofits designed to ease the burdens of veterans and active-duty military personnel.  “The...

Submariners on Eternal Patrol

Three Oklahoma submariners, who died with their shipmates during World War II, have been formally recognized for their ultimate sacrifices. The full honors and memorial came after their submarine, the USS Grayback, was finally found last year off the coast of Okinawa, where it sank in the East China Sea after being struck by a Japanese plane and several ships...