Veterans Profile, Photo: U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez

Veterans Profile, Photo: U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez
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Veterans Profile, Photo: U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez

U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez, from Chicago, lifts a saltwater pump in the steam and heat shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 20, 2019. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad)

U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad)

U.S. Navy Fireman Leo Mendez. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad)

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

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A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

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