Timor Rubin: Korean War Medal of Honor recipient

The United States Postal Service will host a West Coast ceremony to commemorate the release of the Korean War Medal of Honor stamps at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, during a FREE Veterans Day community celebration at the OC Fair & Event Center. Beginning at noon, Nov. 11, the public can purchase commemorative stamps and envelopes at the event.

Korean War Medal of Honor stamps were issued in July 2014 and feature Army and Navy variants. They honor the 145 Korean War Medal of Honor recipients who were among the 6.8 million who served in Korea from 1950 to 1953. More than two-thirds of those who received the Medal of Honor were killed in action, according to the United States Postal Service.

Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Tibor Rubin, an Army veteran residing in Garden Grove, will be honored along with nearly 50 other Korean War veterans, including several Buffalo Soldiers.

Rubin, a Hungarian immigrant and Holocaust survivor who served from 1950 to 1953, single-handedly battled North Koreans for 24 hours on a remote hillside to defend his position. When he was later captured by Chinese forces, Rubin would sneak out of detainment to find food and medical supplies for fellow war prisoners. He was held for 30 months and was wounded twice in the line of duty.

Watch the oral history video above to learn more about Rubin's plight in in the Korean War. 

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MEDIA ADVISORY—Vets to be honored at U.S. Postal Service Korean War Medal of Honor stamp unveiling

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Media Advisory—Veterans and union members host Veteran’s Day motorcycle ride to honor nation’s heroe

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Veterans, union members to walk in support of L.A.‘s homeless heroes

“I wanted to know first-hand how veterans are treated after returning from military service. So, I checked myself into a homeless shelter and experienced the diservice we give to those that serve and risk their lives for our country,” said Ricardo Reyes (pictured above), a Marine and veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Today, Ricardo works as a Veterans Employment Coordinator, through a joint partnership with the United Way and the Los Angeles Labor Fedederation's Labor Community Services, to bring veterans out of homelessness and into good, union careers. Every day, 40,000 people are homeless in L.A. County, including thousands of women, children and military veterans who sleep on streets each night. We can change that.

Join Ricardo and the L.A. Labor Movement to end homelessness in L.A. during United Way’s annual 5K Home Walk Saturday, Nov. 15.

Team Homeless Heroes is free to union members, veterans and their family members.

To sign up or more information, contact Margarita Chavez at 213-985-1987 or mchavez@unitedwayla.org.

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Media Advisory—Orange County union members volunteer to clean the USS Iowa Battleship

Update, Nov. 3: Due to an event on the USS Iowa, volunteers will only be needed for the morning shift, from 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Nov. 8. The afternoon shift has been cancelled. 

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Media Advisory—Food Drive for Veterans: “Thanks a ton” for your service

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Media Advisory—More than 4,000 expected at Veterans Day community celebration

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A final resting place for OC Veterans

Orange County Veterans are one step closer to establishing a cemetery in their own community thanks to the efforts of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Gov. Jerry Brown.

County veterans have been fighting for years to establish a  final resting place for our nation's heroes in Orange County. But their efforts have been blocked over the years by developers and other special interests who advocated for more profitable uses for open space. The nearest Veteran's Cemetery is currently in Riverside, forcing families to face gridlock traffic and several hours in the car sometimes to visit the gravesites of their loved ones.

This year, Quirk-Silva, joined by Veterans groups, labor leaders and Irvine elected officials, stood with Veterans to advance their fight. Assembly Bill 1453, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, paves the way to establish a cemetery at the Great Park in Irvine.

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