Obtaining military medals — a way for family, friends to honor a veteran

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Obtaining military medals — a way for family, friends to honor a veteran

The News Leader – When Norm Vendeland of Munroe Falls accepted a Purple Heart medal in August on behalf of his late brother, Al, it had 67 years since Al Vendeland died at age 19 in 1944 while serving in World War II.

For the family, though, it had been worth the wait to receive the Purple Heart and other medals.

At the ceremony at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Norm Vendeland thanked Laura Pechaitis, a constituent services liaison for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, for helping to make the medals a reality.

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