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Lee Anne Walters with her son Garrett outside of her home in Flint.
Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

One of the women who helped uncover the Flint water crisis says members of the U.S. Navy are retaliating against her husband. You can catch up on her family's back story here. Lee Anne Walters says her husband, Dennis, filed documents asking to be assigned to another base after facing “a pattern of harassment.” Lee Anne says the Navy created a hostile work environment for him, in part because she’s continued her advocacy work. “Basically he was told he had to stop to doing what he’s doing and...

Mercedes Mejia

Seventy years ago this week, the Empire of Japan surrendered. That announcement on August 15, 1945 ended the fighting in World War II. Edward Morisette came from New Baltimore. He joined the Navy in July 1944 when he was just 17 years old. He saw combat when the U.S. retook the Philippine Islands. Kamikaze pilots attacked his landing ship during the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest battle of the war in the Pacific.

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

This Veterans Day, Michigan has the dubious distinction of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states. Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year. Governor Snyder created a new state office to assist Michigan vets in getting the benefits they’ve earned. “Michigan’s veterans earned and deserve the best possible support and...

US Navy / via ourflagwasstillthere.org

The US Navy’s past and present is on display in Detroit this week. Detroit is just one “Navy Week” stop on a Great Lakes tour commemorating the War of 1812 . The war pitting the newly-independent US against Great Britain was more or less a draw—though it’s seen very differently just across the border in Windsor, Ontario . But everyone agrees that the war gave birth to the modern US Navy. Lieutenant Commander Ron Flesvig said this tour is the first time the Navy has brought ships to the Great...