DeKalb resident and U.S. Army veteran Daniel “Doc” Habeel knows all too well about mental health problems and how the struggle with them can be all-consuming. He's turned those trials into triumphs for others.
After two decades of service in the U.S. Army, leading a laid-back civilian life isn’t really Sycamore resident Laurie Emmer’s style. She’s been spending her days, instead, breaking glass ceilings as the first woman to command the Illinois VFW.
DeKalb residents Mike and Karen Giuliano not only served their country willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, but they also found love along the way. Since retiring from the Air Force, they've found ways to continue putting service before self.
Two women have made it their mission to help spearhead a local effort to combat veteran suicide rates in DeKalb County and beyond. Read on for more about the DeKalb American Legion's Be The One campaign:
Retired U.S. Marine Marshall Boyle, of DeKalb, said he believes his service to others didn't stop when he left the military, and won't stop until he's dead. "I don’t think I’ve considered my mission done until they put me in the ground," he said.