Stanley Willner
Stanley Willner (in 1941 & 2003), plaintiff in lawsuit for veteran status for mariners.

Mariners Granted Veteran Status

In 1977 Congress granted veteran status to WASPs, women who ferried planes within the U.S. and Canada during WWII. Mariners were continually denied.

Stanley Willner was prisoner on the River Kwai Railroad. In 1987, he and 2 other torpedoed seamen successfully sued the government for veteran status.

Mariners were finally granted Veteran status in 1988, too late for most benefits. Now in their 70's, 80's, and 90's, those remaining want justice and equity for the lost opportunities of their youth.