In Memoriam - Walter E. Ellensohn

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Walter E. Ellensohn
March 21, 1929 - November 5, 2014

On November 5, 2014, Walter E. Ellensohn passed away and reported to Post Everlasting. Walter Ellensohn was a Merrick Post No. 1282 member and he was the chairman for the Merrick's Veteran Memorial Park. He will be sorely missed.

Merrick district passes vets' tax breaks

Officials lower estimate of tax breaks' cost

By Brian Racow

The Merrick Board of Education on Sept. 9 approved school tax exemptions for local veterans, ending months of rancor that followed the board's choice last winter to miss a deadline to pass the exemptions for the 2014-15 school year.

Contingents of Merrick veterans were present at board meetings during the spring and summer to voice their protest, arguing that they had earned tax reductions for their service to the country. District officials originally cited concerns about the exemptions' cost to non-veteran homeowners and permanent nature under state law, but eventually they changed their minds. The board vote on Sept. 9 was unanimous.

Community support sustains a veteran, his family and friends

Groundbreaking on free house for Cpl. Kevin Vaughan

By Brian Racow

Kevin Vaughan, a Marine corporal who was wounded in Afghanistan and received a hero's welcome when he returned home to North Merrick in 2012, will now receive a free house, courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes. Vaughan, his family and friends, local veterans, North Merrick firefighters, elected officials, student musicians, neighbors, supporters, and members of the media were among the 150 or so people on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday marking the start of construction on a two-story house on Little Whaleneck Road. Building Homes for Heroes, a Valley Stream nonprofit organization that built 17 houses for veterans last year and aims to complete 28 more this year, will give the house to Vaughan, according to Andrew Pujol, the charity's founder and president, and elected officials.

When a Veteran Dies

IT IS IMPORTANT TO:

1. Contact your funeral director for burial arrangements

2. Contact the Pastor of your church.

3. Furnish the funeral director a copy of the veteran's Military Discharge Certificate or Report of Seperation (DD Form 214), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Claim Number (if known) and the veteran's Social Security number.