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Program to honor vets who die from complications after leaving service

The father of a Cache Valley military veteran who died from service-related complications after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army has established a program to honor soldiers with similar circumstances.

The program, termed the Always Remember Initiative, will have its first remembrance ceremony at the Cache Valley Veterans Association building in Logan on Dec. 8 and is putting out a call to families of deceased veterans who qualify to be included in the rites.


Kim Openshaw, father of deceased 82nd Airborne veteran Cody Openshaw, has been working for several years with state leaders and the Utah Veterans Association to set up the program, which includes a commemorative pin and decal for affected families. The Logan ceremony will be for veterans from Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties, but the hope is to eventually expand the program statewide and nationwide. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.