Veteran Richard Rivera works as part of the YMCA's urban warrior program. (Credit: CBS)

Marine Veteran Uses Lessons From Military To Help Young People

One Chicago veteran is taking the lessons he learned in the military and serving young people in tough neighborhoods.


Former Marine Sergeant Luis Garcia being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal at Great Lakes Naval Station. (Credit: CBS)

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.


Ex-Marine Kyle Lopez has had a tough time finding a job since returning home. (CBS)

Veterans Face Higher Jobless Rate Back Home

Like so many other returning service men and women, ex-Marine Kyle Lopez has come home to a tough economy. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.


Troops In Afghanistan

Wisconsin Family Has Mixed Reaction To Troop Withdrawal

Tracy Matuszak of Greenfield, Wis., has two sons in the Marines. She’s happy that one of them may be coming home soon, but she doesn’t necessarily support the mission.

WBBM Newsradio–06/23/2011

Marine Lance Cpl Chris Smith was honored for his service Friday. (CBS)

Marine Returns From Afghanistan To Hero’s Welcome

For the last eight months, Lance Cpl Chris Smith of Chicago Ridge served with the “Dark Horse” 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Their suffering, in loss-of-life and in injuries, was considerable.


American flag (file)

Illinois Marine Stationed In Afghanistan Dies

Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine, 23, was from Bethalto, near St. Louis.


Marquell Smith

Chicago Man Kicked Out Of Marines Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

A Chicago man says he was kicked out of the Marines four years ago under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2010

Toys For Tots Logo. (AP Graphic)

Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade Kicks Off Despite Chilly Weather

It was a cold winter day on Sunday but no snow fell on the Chicago area, as thousands of motorcyclists took the streets for the 33rd Annual Chicagoland Motorcycle Parade for the Toys for Tots program.

WBBM Newsradio–12/05/2010

Toys For Tots Logo. (AP Graphic)

‘Toys For Tots’ Is Short On Toys

The Marines’ Toys for Tots program in the Chicago area is still several hundred thousand toys short – with Christmas just three weeks away.

WBBM Newsradio–12/03/2010

George Hood, Statonary Bike

Man Sets New Stationary Bike Record

George Hood is attempting to set a new Guinness World Record on the stationary bike, in an effort to raise money for the causes he holds most dear.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2010