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An honorary street sign in memory of Private First Class Omar Torres is unveiled outside his parents' home on South Keeler. (CBS)

Fallen Soldier Honored With Street Naming

Army Pfc. Omar Torres gave his life for his country in Iraq, and on Tuesday, the city honored his sacrifice and service by naming a street near his Archer Heights home in his memory.


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Names Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq, Afghanistan To Be Read At Thompson Center

A daylong memorial for the 6,600 Americans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was scheduled for 9:11 a.m. Friday at the plaza outside the Thompson Center.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2012

Sailors walk past the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Our Veterans Should Not Be At Risk In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

When the deal is being made to change the tax rates and cut the deficit we must remember to keep our commitment to our veterans.


Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Opinion: A Mad, Personal-Attacking, Interrupting Obama Loses Third Presidential Debate

Romney won this debate in more ways than one – most impressively due to his dignified style.


U.S. Marines of the 782 company from Fort Bragg, South Carolina, walk towards their barracks upon landing at Saudi Dhahran air base on Aug. 21, 1990, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, which led to the Gulf War in early 1991. A U.S.-led multi-national force repulsed Iraq from Kuwait during the "Desert Storm" offensive and a cease-fire was signed 28 February 1991.  (Photo credit: GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images)

Peoria Researcher Looking Into Causes, Effects Of Gulf War Syndrome

The story of the returning veteran never ends. A researcher in Peoria is investigating Gulf War Syndrome, more than twenty years after the end of Operation Desert Storm.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Veterans Charlie Rodriguez, left, and Dimar Vasquez relax at VFW Post 5079 in Chicago. (CBS)

Two War Vets Finally Feel At Ease To Celebrate Memorial Day

Coming home is a process for some who have seen war, CBS 2′s Brad Edwards reports.


Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch, left, and his wife, Christy. (Courtesy: Crouch family)

Your Chicago: Helping A Wounded Iraq War Veteran

College students from Chicago helped an Iraq War veteran who lives downstate by redesigning his home’s interior. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson explains.


Jonathan Cooper served in Iraq and Afghanistan. (CBS)

Killings Of Afghan Villagers Should Not Overshadow U.S. Mission, Veteran Says

A local U.S. veteran of the Middle East conflicts says an American soldier’s alleged massacre of more than a dozen Afghan villagers shouldn’t overshadow efforts to help people there. CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman reports.


Army Sgt. Eric Rundquist returned to his Streamwood home on Dec. 26, 2011, after completing his third tour of duty in Iraq. (Credit: CBS)

Family’s Ultimate Christmas Gift: Son’s Safe Return From Iraq

A community’s love was felt on Monday as a hometown soldier returned home from war. With the war in Iraq now a completed mission, thousands of soldiers are returning home and the relief of having their son back with them is the best of Christmas presents for the Rundquist family in Streamwood.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

John La Giglia is reunited Friday with his 6-year-old daughter, Grace. (CBS)

Soldier Reunited With His Family

The 6-year-old daughter of a Chicago soldier deployed in Afghanistan had been asking Santa to bring her daddy home for the holiday. As CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports, her wish became reality.


Joseph Jesk (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Former Soldier Gets 17 Years For Killing Wife

A U.S. Army veteran who had recently returned from the war in Iraq when he killed his wife in their southwest suburban home has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, Sun-Times Media is reporting.


Hundreds of people took part in the "Honor Ride and Run" in Barrington, Ill., on Oct. 23, 2011, to support military veterans. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Ride To Honor Vets In Barrington

Hundreds of people turned out Sunday for an Honor Ride and Run in Barrington to support military veterans.

CBS Chicago–10/23/2011

Chief Warrant Officer Greg Holley, an Apache helicopter pilot, returned home to Country Club Hills on Oct. 22, 2011, a day after President Barack Obama announced all troops would be coming back from Iraq by year's end. (Credit: CBS)

Country Club Hills Welcomes Army Pilot Home From Iraq

Just over 24 hours after President Barack Obama announced that one of America’s longest wars was coming to a close, a young man who served in that conflict was back home in the Chicago area on Saturday.

CBS Chicago–10/23/2011

Navy Reservist Dan Adams returns to the Chicago area Monday after months in Iraq. (CBS)

Navy Reservist Serving In Iraq Celebrates Fourth At Home

Big crowds turned out Monday in Winnetka to say thanks to Navy Cmdr Dan Adams, who served eight months in Iraq as a pilot. CBS 2′s Pamela Jones reports.


Pfc. Michael Olivieri died this week in Iraq. He was from Chicago's southwest suburbs. (U.S. Army)

Services To Be Held For Local Soldier Killed In Iraq

Services will be held later this week for a southwest suburban soldier who was killed in Iraq last week.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2011

Pfc. Michael Olivieri died this week in Iraq. He was from Chicago's southwest suburbs. (U.S. Army)

Illinoisan Among 5 Soldiers Killed In Iraq This Week

Pfc. Michael Olivieri of south suburban Homer Glen is remembered as a dedicated soldier and husband who was preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary.


Theresa Gorski and her son, Army Pfc. Randy Gorski, celebrate Mother's Day in Midlothian after Randy returned from serving in Iraq. (Credit: CBS)

The Best Mother’s Day Gift? Her Son Home Safe From Iraq

It’s been said that the death of Osama bin Laden came from the collective sacrifice of tens of thousands of Americans serving in the military and their families. The story of those sacrifices has been especially emotional on Mother’s Day.

CBS 2–05/08/2011

Former President George W. Bush

Bush Recounts Katrina, WMD Mistakes On Oprah

George W. Bush recounted the mistakes of his presidency on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show as he launched a book tour to promote his just-released memoir “Decision Points.”