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UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Vietnam veterans open national convention with wreath-laying ceremony at Riverfront Park

More than 700 Vietnam-era veterans are in Spokane this week for the Vietnam Veterans of America’s 19th biennial convention, but only a couple hundred made it up the hill for …


David Von Drehle: Remember what the statistics of war represent

Anyone who has struggled to grasp the world as it was – the global wars, the genocides, the deliberate famines and so-called revolutions that together decimated the early 20th century …


John D. Hollis: Honor our WWII veterans while they are still among us

Of the more than 16 million Americans who served in World War II, fewer than 500,000 were still alive in 2018. So, while we can, we should make certain to …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Annual Stand Down event brings services together in one place for Inland Northwest veterans

Next Saturday brings the North Idaho Veterans Stand Down, a six-hour event providing multiple veteran support services in one setting. The activities are an outreach to former and active military …


City count finds an increase in homelessness overall, but fewer homeless families, veterans

The city’s annual Point in Time Count found a slight increase in homelessness overall, with single adult homelessness continuing to trend upwards.


John Mayer launches foundation focused on veterans

The Grammy-winning singer on Friday announced The Heart and Armor Foundation, which plans to focus on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and meeting the emerging needs of women veterans.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Trump’s VA vowed to stop veteran suicide. Its leaders failed to spend millions set aside to reach those at risk.

The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of …


Spokane Valley woman discovers World War II veteran father, far-flung family from DNA kit

Bobi Sussman had all but given up discovering what happened to her biological father. A submission to an online DNA ancestry website revealed not only that Army Cpl. Charles Marse …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 6:35 a.m.

Citing medical records project, Mann-Grandstaff VA delays 24-hour urgent care to 2020

The promised 24-hour urgent care at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center has lost its urgency with the challenge of the hospital becoming the pilot project for the U.S. Department of Veterans …


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 …