Shalini Madaras stands in front of the Pfc. Nicholas A. Madaras Home, a residence she established for female veterans at 66 Elmwood Avenue, in Bridgeport, Conn., and named for her son. The home opened this fall on what would have been Nick’s 25th birthday. Ann Hermes/Staff
Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy S. Wyman speaks before the opening and ribbon cutting of the Pfc. Nicholas A. Madaras Home with Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes, a transitional home for homeless female veterans and their children in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Friday, October 21, 2011. Ann Hermes/Staff
Greg Goulart, with The Patriot Guard Riders, stands at attention during the opening and ribbon cutting. Ann Hermes/Staff
Attendees clap after the national anthem. Ann Hermes/Staff
Senator Richard Blumenthal, (D-Conn.), addresses the crowd in front of the Pfc. Nicholas A. Madaras Home during its public opening. Ann Hermes/Staff
Joy Kiss, CEO of ABRI/HFTB (r.), and Shalini Madaras (l.), open the doors of The PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home with Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes. Madaras has worked with Homes for the Brave for the past 4 years to raise money and build a transitional home dedicated to her son Nick Madaras, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Ann Hermes/Staff
American Legion members tour the dining room in the Forgotten Heroes home in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ann Hermes/Staff
Bill Madaras admires a quilt with his son's image, which was given to his family during the home's opening and ribbon cutting. Ann Hermes/Staff
Preparing the invitation list to next month's peace conference on Syria is a ticklish matter for the UN's special envoy. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are influential, on opposite sides, in Syria's civil war. But the US has conditions for including Tehran.
The United Nation’s special envoy for Syria is pressing ahead to organize a peace conference to try to bring the devastating civil war to a close. But even if the invitation list can be worked out in coming days, it is virtually certain that some major players in the conflict won’t be at the table.