VA to Honor Former Prisoners of War on Saturday - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System


VA to Honor Former Prisoners of War on Saturday

April 14, 2012

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and Muskogee VA Regional Office will pay tribute to the nation’s former prisoners of war (EX-POWs) on Saturday, April 14 at the American Legion, Post 15 in Muskogee.

The tribute will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a catered luncheon and keynote address from Maj. Bryan E. Cornelius, the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Marine Corps Anti-Tank Training Company in Broken Arrow.  Maj. Cornelius served on active duty from 1997 to 2004 and has served in the Marine Corps Reserves since 2004.  He has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

VA estimates that there are 29,350 living POWs in the U.S. and more than 90% were captured and interned during World War II.

Other sponsors include the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Unit 589; the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma Gaming Operations; and the VA Regional Office Employee Association.

The American Legion is located at 4021 W. Broadway in Muskogee.  For more information, contact Nita McClellan at (918) 577-3704.