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Vets assisting vets
Willie Steele, left, talks with veteran Rodger McKinley during the Vet to Vet office’s open house in North Vernon.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Willie Steele, left, talks with veteran Rodger McKinley during the Vet to Vet office’s open house in North Vernon.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

Willie Steele and Harold Risner have seen a lot of horrible scenes during their military service. Both have had to deal with post traumatic stress disorder, both have come close to suicide.

Steele, the new Vet to Vet coordinator in Jennings County, and Risner talked about their brushes with suicide the other day.

Suicide is a big problem for military veterans who have PTSD. Steele and Risner know that better than most people. That's why Steele underwent training to become a Vet to Vet coordinator. That's why Risner was among those attending the open house earlier this month for the new Vet to Vet office in North Vernon.

"We understand what other veterans are going through," Steele said. "We can talk to them without them worrying about being judged."

Steele, who has lived in North Vernon for 15 years, retired from the U.S. Army in 1996. He served with the 82nd Airborne, an airborne infantry division, and was sent to Panama, Philippines and many other places to serve. He was part of the American forces that invaded Panama and captured dictator Manuel Noriega in late 1989 and early 1990. In the Philippines, he helped recover bodies after a military plane crash, a horrific duty.

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The Indiana State Fire Marshal's office and the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Department are investigating a series of fires in the Paris Crossing area that may have been deliberately set.

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• Janet Frederick, 60, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
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• John Albert Gootee, 79, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Geneva Mary Graham, 82, Istachatta Baptist Church
• Sandra J. Hauersperger, 65, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home

Panther boys show poise in win Saturday

Seymour versus Jen­nings County! Need I say more?

I mean, it's a battle for a Hoosier Hills Con­ference win and a huge next-door-rivalry game for both the Owls and the Panthers.

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Editor's Notebook
'Growing Up Rich'

His childhood nickname was "Buddy," something I didn't know about C. Byron Buckley before I read "Growing Up Rich in Evansville."

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Volunteer Angi Grider has her hands full as she restocks shelves at the Jennings County Youth Foundation's fifth annual Affordable Christmas "store" on Saturday. More photos from the event will be in this week's Plain Dealer.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

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