Karlene S. is a 35-year-old Army veteran who served as part of the post-9/11 war against terrorism. A single parent, she has three children, the youngest two diagnosed with ADHD and other ongoing special needs. She herself has health issues, including hypertension and depression. While she has tried to provide for her family by working at Target, she still cannot afford her rent.
Memorial Day 1945 was a somber time for most Americans, and 70 years later it still carries with it a special poignancy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been dead just over a month, and while the war in Europe had concluded, it was too early to begin celebrating victory over the Axis powers. The fighting in the Pacific, where the battle for Okinawa had begun in April and would last through most of June, was still taking a heavy toll.
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"Right now is not the time to return to your homes," emergency officials warned residents in San Marcos, Texas. Heavy rain has turned streets into rivers and forced hundreds to evacuate. "There are power lines down, debris in the roadways, bridges undermined -- this is not the time to start moving," Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell said.