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.