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Marine Was Dedicated

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Leroy Calvin Alex Jr.

Alex was dedicated to the Marine Corps
and his Country

San Antonio, TX  –  An adventurous young man who joined the Marine Corps before graduating from high school, Leroy Calvin Alex Jr. never lost the patriotism that propelled him to serve in the military.

Losing a leg and two fingers in combat in Vietnam in the late 1960s, Alex wanted to be allowed to continue serving his country.

“They were going to release him from the Marine Corps, but he fought it,” his sister Valerie Arreguin said.  “He loved the Marines, loved everything about it.”

Alex, who received two Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, among other awards and citations, died Nov. 21 at 68.

The oldest of seven children raised in the Southeast Side of San Antonio, Alex showed early promise as a salesman.

“He worked for Watkins (Products) selling door-to-door, was good at what he did,” Arreguin said.  “He could sell to anybody.”

Even so, he was restless.

“At 16 he ran away from home, hitchhiked to New York,” his sister Sherry Sublousky said.  “He was gone for a week.”

Another time, Alex hitchhiked to California.

He was attending Brackenridge High School when he decided to join the Marine Corps.

“My mother kept telling him he didn’t want to do that,” Arreguin said. But “Junior was always one of those who wanted to do his own thing.”

Sublousky, still a young girl at the time, and never forgot the day the family was notified of her brother’s injuries.

“Two Marines fully dressed in dress blues … rang the doorbell,” she recalled.  “We thought that we’d lost him.”

Sent to Brooke Army Medical Center to recover, Alex received a visit from Bob Hope and a letter from then-president Richard Nixon, who informed him that he had personally asked the Navy Department “be as understanding as circumstances permit in its review” of Alex’s request to remain on active duty.

No less a patriot after leaving the Marine Corps, Alex traveled to the Texas coast on July 4, 1972, raising a flag on the beach and laying beside it.

The scene caught the attention of a news photographer who took a picture that many newspapers ran the next day.

Alex also wrote to the San Antonio Light in the early 1970s, suggesting that the city establish a memorial for Vietnam Veterans, an idea that gained momentum in the 1980s.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Veterans Memorial Plaza was unveiled in 1986.

Leroy Calvin Alex Jr.
Born:  May 18, 1948, San Antonio
Died:  Nov. 21, 2016, San Antonio
Preceded by:  Mother Eleanor Alex.
Survived by:  Daughters Jennifer Alex, and Summer Alex; son Aaron Alex;  father Leroy Alex Sr.;  three brothers;  three sisters;  16 grandchildren.
Services:  Funeral at 9:45 a.m. November 29, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 16075 N. Evans Road, Selma, Texas

Veteran With Service Dog Denied By Restaurant

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Navy Veteran Wanda Garneaux and Halk

Navy vet with service dog says she was told
she ‘wasn’t disabled’

ATLANTA, GA  –  An Atlanta restaurant is apologizing to a Navy veteran after she said she and her service dog Halk were turned away by employees who told her she didn’t need the dog.

Wanda Garneaux was supposed to meet a friend at the Daiquiri Factory on West Peachtree Street when she said she was stunned by the response when trying to enter the business.

“I reached for the door and before I could even put my hand on the handle, the security guard stopped me and said, you’re not allowed in here with that dog,” she told 11Alive’s Kaitlyn Ross exclusively.

She says she felt uncomfortable, but asked to speak with a manager, who allegedly told her she didn’t look disabled enough.

“She said, ‘You’re not blind.’  And I said ‘No, I’m not,’” Garneaux explained.  “So she said, ‘Then, you’re not disabled, and you can’t have a service dog.’”

Garneaux, who served in the United States Navy and suffers from PTSD, said she was floored.  She said she tried to explain to the manager her service dog was legal and certified.  She even tried to show her the I.D. hanging on Halk’s vest which says in bright red letters that read “full access is required by law.”

Halk’s vest even has a QR code on his vest that people can scan with their cell phone to read a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  But Garneaux said after fighting with them for 10 minutes, she eventually gave up.

“I don’t like being made to feel like I am different, because in my mind, I’m struggling to be the same,” she said.  “I’m struggling every day to cope and fit back in to society.”

On the way home Garneaux told her friend she didn’t think it was worth it.  During the interview, she told 11Alive that she was even considering giving Halk back because of all the negative attention she’s gotten during the few days she’s had him.  But as soon as she started crying, Halk, sensing her distress, moved in to try to comfort her.

11Alive went back to the Daiquiri Factory and spoke to the manager, who said she misunderstood the law.  The manager refused to go on camera but did apologize to Garneaux and offered a free meal.

Garneaux accepted the apology, but that’s not what this Navy vet wants.  “I know things are not perfect, I don’t want them to be perfect, I just want a normal life,” she said.  She said she wants people to educate themselves on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how to support people who are struggling.

Heroes

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Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Wyatt Earp has been a heroe of mine since I was a kid

Our Peace Officers, Our Veterans, and Active Service Members are my Heroes

These Good People and Organisations are My Heroes too, and I hope each and everyone  of Our Circle will remember Our Friends every time you consider giving from the heart!!!!

Armor Of God Foundation
https://armorofgodfoundations.wordpress.com/

American SPCC
http://americanspcc.org/

Ark of Hope for Children
http://arkofhopeforchildren.org

Operation Underground Railroad
https://ourrescue.org/

The Family Place, Dallas, Texas
http://familyplace.org

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
http://www.missingkids.com

UnChained Project
http://unchainedproject.org