Gurnee salon gives suburban veterans a new look

 
Updated 11/14/2018 8:55 PM
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  • Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee cuts Waukegan veteran John Slovinec's hair as part of the salon's way to give back to the veterans. John Slovinec served during the Vietnam War.

      Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee cuts Waukegan veteran John Slovinec's hair as part of the salon's way to give back to the veterans. John Slovinec served during the Vietnam War. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cosmetologist Katie Duddy of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee gives veteran Ashley Castorena of Waukegan a makeover. Castorena was stationed onboard the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier in 1998 through 2005 and was part of the Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom campaigns.

      Cosmetologist Katie Duddy of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee gives veteran Ashley Castorena of Waukegan a makeover. Castorena was stationed onboard the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier in 1998 through 2005 and was part of the Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom campaigns. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cosmetologist Emily Burrow of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee gives Vietnam veteran Larry Crumb of Grayslake a haircut on Wednesday.

      Cosmetologist Emily Burrow of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee gives Vietnam veteran Larry Crumb of Grayslake a haircut on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee and Vietnam veteran John Slovinec of Waukegan smile at the result of his makeover.

      Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee and Vietnam veteran John Slovinec of Waukegan smile at the result of his makeover. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee helps spruce up Vietnam veteran John Slovinec's look on Wednesday.

      Cosmetologist Kristan Rausch of the Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee helps spruce up Vietnam veteran John Slovinec's look on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Earlier this week, veterans in Lake County and across the country were honored for their past sacrifices and achievements in service to their country.

On Wednesday, six of them were honored in a more forward-looking manner -- with free makeovers.

The fresh new looks, including haircuts and beard trims, were courtesy of Janelle Nagy and her staff at Octagon Salon Spa in Gurnee.

"It's a blessing," said Vietnam veteran Larry Crumb of Grayslake. "They're reaching out to these heroes that served this country and kept this country strong.

"That means a lot," he added.

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