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>> crooks and untrustworthy investment advisors are using veteran scams to take money from the very people who have dedicated themselves to protecting our country. >> it's becoming more and more common, as they pretend to be veterans or work for veteran services. but they truly are out to scam veterans. >> joining us live now, jerry, the veteran service officer to tell us how veterans can protect themselves from these scams. thank you so much for joining us today. who is being targeted in these scams? any particular page? >> primary older veterans. are the primary target. though, all veterans are being targeted. and there are certain things that one should do, these scams occur primarily around veterans day and before christmas. and the first rule of thumb is ask the name of the caller, their phone number and also what city they're calling from. i think that's very important. and that will put that person on alert that you are concerned. >> right. >> whether or not it's local. >> right. and to see whether it's reputable. >> how are they ripping people off? is it through loans? scam phone calls? >> donations, saying we're helping needy veterans. a lot of calls, we can refinance your home at a lower rate. and these calls are coming from throughout the country, not just our own state. so the simple guidelines of get the person's phone number, their name, their phone number, and the city they're calling from. and then ask how are the funds you're soliciting being used to help veterans directly? >> what are some of the warning signs? when i pick up that phone and someone on the other end is trying to scam me, what warning signs should a veteran look for? >> as i said, if you ask their name and phone number, and city and they're calling from, that's going to put them on guard and probably they will hang up. >> scare them off. >> scare them off. >> sure. i know so many people want to donate to veterans. any thoughts on that? >> well, i always suggest to individuals that call, or get mailings, as they do on a common basis, to make sure it's from a reputable veterans organization. such as a disabled american veterans, american legion. the veterans of foreign wars. the vietnam veterans. desert veterans. these are all legitimate national veterans organizations. but i also say it's in your best interest if you want to make sure that your funds go 100 percent to veterans of our community. to donate directly to one of these veterans's organizations. or to an emergency fund i have in my office to help needy veterans. >> good advice. thank you so much for joining us. much appreciated. last tuesday, veterans and family members and friends of michael sullivan gathered at mount calvary cemetery. 50 years since this vietnam veteran's death. but mike never got a proper service to celebrate his life. >> luckily with the support of generous organizations, mike was honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country. nate stewart shares mike's story. >> michael sullivan, who served in the marines is no longer with us. >> and that's what we're here for today, to honor my brother. a celebration for my brother. >> before his death, his brother patrick said that mike knew from the start that he wanted to serve his country. >> that was his dream from like when he was 10, 11 years old, he was getting leather neck magazine, which was put out by the marine corps. that's all he wanted to do, be a marine. >> mike enlisted in the marines right after high school. was later sent to vietnam. >> it hurt me, because i knew what was going to happen. he was in a fire team. which is like the infantry. and that's what he did. he went out on patrols. >> june 6th, 1968, 19 years old, mike would die fighting for his country. >> as far as we know, he was shot in the back. he was out on the patrol. >> not only would mike be killed in action, his casket supposedly got lost when his body was returned home. >> i don't think it was so much it was lost. i think it's part of the fact that there was so many people being killed. i think that was part of the problem. but it was a concern at the time. >> but after almost 50 years since his death, mike finally got a proper memorial service on tuesday. >> it brings tears to my eyes, thinking about the fact that they're actually putting a ceremony on. and it brings back a lot of memories. as far as about my brother. >> an emotional day filled with many tears. members of the vietnam veterans of america chapter 244 paid their respects. and mike was honored with a gun salute and a flag was also donated to his family. >> when we came home from service, there was no parades, no big welcoming ceremony, to do this today for my brother, it's just so great. there's people here today that i grew up with that i haven't seen for years. that came out for this ceremony for my brother. >> whether it took a year or took 50 years, we don't care. it's still brings -- makes our heart feel good for the recognition. and for the honor. and like i say, the celebration of my brother's life. >> a home town hero who may be gone, but never forgotten. keeping it local, nate, local 5 news. >> thank you, nate. a serviceman from pennsylvania recently received a chance of a lifetime monday night. diagnosed with cancer three and a half years ago. stage four pancreatic cancer. life long packers fan experienced what was his first and might be his last game. >> for most pac fans, getting a chance to watch a monday night football game under the bright lights is a dream. >> just an out of body experience. >> for this wisconsin native, who was diagnosed with cancer, it's his final dream. >> it blew me away when it happened. i never thought that i would be selected. to be selected has been great. >> the dream foundation, mike make a wish is a national run program that grants final dreams for terminally ill adults. clinton, it's a trip for his first game. >> i haven't seen him with that much energy in a while. it's kind of nice to see him. he's excited. you can sense it. >> clint served in the navy for five years, where he met his wife kim. today they are creating some of his last memories with the people he loves most. >> it's heart breaking. my dad died when he was 44 with cancer. my brother got diagnosed at 42. so to be here, to experience this is a dream for us. >> the cancer fight has been hard. but fulfilling this dream has made it much easier. >> i truly hope that everybody has cancer fights. i mean, it's worth the fight because at any time, a new cure can happen. and that's what i'm fighting for. >> for us right now, it's day to day. and hopefully today it's with a win. >> keeping it local in green bay, jordan. local 5 news. >> thank you jordan. >> well, tom and erin, hundreds of nfl players have ties to the military and one of the packers true surprise stories this season has two big reasons. >> honor courage and commitment. i am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all. thank you to all of the veterans, all those that served past and those present. and those to come. thank you as well

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