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100 years ago in Spokane: Altman family learns of second son killed in World War I

For the second time in a month, a messenger delivered bad news to the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Altman of Spokane.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Portrait exhibit casts light on women’s underrecognized military service

In the past decade, Stacy Pearsall has taken portraits of about 7,500 veterans in 29 states, a sprawling, ongoing undertaking called the Veterans Portrait Project.


Judge allows class-action lawsuit by veterans with PTSD

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to …


Veterans aren’t getting GI Bill payments because VA’s 50-year-old computer system broke

The Department of Veterans Affairs has thrown Daniel Gorman’s fall semester into chaos by underpaying him without notice or explanation – making him one veteran among potentially tens of thousands …


Karen Tumulty: Does anyone love the military less than President Trump?

Nearly every day lately, President Donald Trump has found a new way to show us how little regard he has for the sacrifices of our nation’s military. The latest came …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

World War II vet on tour with 50-state goal

World War II veteran with a goal of visiting very state and meeting each governor crosses Washington off his list.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

WWII veterans meet for lunch in Nampa, maybe for the last time

The group has been meeting every September for over a decade at Nielson’s house to reunite and retell stories. This year, the subtle fear that it may be the last …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


Rick Hegdahl: Thanks for keeping our service members first

Thank you, Rep. Adam Smith and Sen. Maria Cantwell for following in Sen. McCain’s footsteps by exhibiting true bipartisanship and ensuring that the National Defense Authorization Act remains focused only …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Veterans gather to celebrate service at ninth annual American Indian Memorial and Honoring Ceremony

Michael Sebastian grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and after serving for more than 22 years in the U.S. Military – including three tours of duty in Iraq – …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists now in power

In one of his first acts as President Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary, Robert Wilkie intends to reassign several high-ranking political appointees at the center of the agency’s ongoing morale …


Veterans advocates use cannabis to reduce suicide, PTSD

When Patrick Seifert learned 22 U.S. veterans were committing suicide daily, it changed his world and inspired him to do more.


Hagedorn appointed as Idaho’s new veterans division chief

Idaho Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to head the state Division of Veterans Services.


Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year.


Rain doesn’t dampen patriotic spirit: Patriot Tour comes to Lewiston as part of a journey to raise money for veterans and their families

The rain did little to deter patriotic riders on a mission to raise money for veterans by proudly displaying an American flag on a 110-day tour across the nation’s 48 …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

For the man behind the Vietnam wall, the war’s worst moment did not come in combat

The worst day in Vietnam for Jan Scruggs did not come in battle. It did not come in a jungle ambush, or a massive night time enemy assault, or a …


Nick Etten: Rescue the returned: Medical cannabis could save veterans’ lives

As we take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we also should remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who fought …


Veterans, discharged and jobless, seek hiring-rules changes

Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often can’t get jobs, and they hope a recent warning to employers by the state of Connecticut will change …


Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.


VA officials hold grand opening Monday in Spokane that helps homeless vets

A twenty-something woman in sunglasses had her phone pressed to her face Monday as she complained that her friend with the fix didn’t show. Then she marched down the sun-drenched …


Researching medical marijuana for veterans faces more White House hurdles

As scientists try to research the medical benefits of marijuana, a simple problem has emerged: How do you research marijuana if no one can produce it under federal law?


Hundreds greet Honor Flight travelers on their return from D.C.

Hundreds of American flag-waving patrons filled the Spokane International Airport terminal Tuesday, each patiently awaiting the return of Inland Northwest Honor Flight veterans whose flight home was delayed.


She wrote a children’s book defending her husband’s dignity – the ‘handsome hero’ who lost 2 limbs in Afghanistan

Sarah Verardo spun into action after her daughter, 3, told her “Someone said Daddy is gross.” Her husband’s war injuries were having a broader effect on her children than she …


State uses sting operation to fine companies accused of veteran housing discrimination

Three Spokane-area rental companies illegally discriminated against veterans who use federal housing vouchers, according to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.


Georgia Senate blasts NFL denial of ‘Please Stand’ ad

The debate over whether the NFL should let players kneel during the national anthem flared up in state government this week as some legislators and a governor disparaged the league.


Trump orders more mental health care options for veterans

President Donald Trump’s administration is aiming to curb the number of veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for the high-risk group.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Thousands of wreaths adorn veterans cemetery for annual event

Hundreds of patrons came to the Medical Lake burial ground Saturday to pay their respects as part of Wreaths Across America Day. Many wreaths were set on the gravestones by …


Missouri prison program recognized for veteran rehab

A new veterans ward in a Missouri prison is earning recognition for veteran rehabilitation.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …