Stories tagged: veterans
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 6:14 P.M.
VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 3:29 P.M.
Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced …
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 1:18 P.M.
Helena Veterans Home tells residents to move on
A Helena facility for veterans has announced it is closing, leaving residents to find somewhere else to live.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 5 A.M.
Idaho, contractors offer free training in operating heavy equipment
Not enough people are stepping up to the excavator, dozer or backhoe, and that’s a big problem when the economy is fueling a need for heavy equipment operators. To boost …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, 6:50 P.M.
Some Marines being investigated for sharing nude photos
The Defense Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken without …
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 6:03 A.M.
Veterans Affairs data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would boost employee drug testing and inspections amid rising cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions, acknowledging gaps that had allowed thousands …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:18 A.M.
Vietnam education center gets $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has received a $10 million grant for its proposed education center adjacent to its famous memorial on the Mall in Washington. The fund said the …
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017
Everything is Copy: Teaching vets, and learning even more
Like many others now in comfortable middle age, my political consciousness was shaped by the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. With my parents I went to protest marches and chanted “Hell, …
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 8 P.M.
Veterans home in Walla Walla officially opens
The first residents of the new state Walla Walla Veterans Home began moving in Wednesday, just in time for a grand opening ceremony on Saturday.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Boy Scouts prepare for outbreak of World War I
Spokane was making preparations for war as tensions grew with Germany. Even Spokane’s Boy Scouts announced that they were ready for “active service.”
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 5:02 A.M.
Spokane VA starts taking appointments for veterans and their spouses seeking in vitro fertilization
Local veterans with service-related injuries can begin making appointments at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane to be evaluated for in vitro fertilization.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017, 11:35 P.M.
U.S. veterans say Trump order wrongly bars interpreters
Military veterans were dumbfounded and furious when it became clear over the weekend that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring the admission to the United States of people from seven …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 11:46 A.M.
With an eye on veterans, Olympia cannabis activist welcomes Hempfest outpost
Seattle Hempfest organizers are opening an outpost in downtown Olympia with a little help from one of the state’s most visible cannabis activists. Olympia Hempfest Central will have a grand …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:19 A.M.
Trump taps Obama official as VA secretary
President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA under secretary, to lead the Department of …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
New office could offer free legal help to military, vets in Washington
Military members would get more access to legal help and stronger consumer protection under a pair of proposals the Legislature is considering.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 6:15 A.M.
Fallen Heroes honors service members killed in action since 9/11
The Fallen Heroes Project, which has about a dozen leading members, helped spearhead the installation of a 24-foot monument at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena last year. And since the …
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 2:10 P.M.
Oregon VA hospitals, call center get low ratings
An assessment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concluded that more than 12 percent of callers to its Portland call center get tired of waiting for someone to answer …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 6:11 P.M.
VA may be ordered to take online appointments
Veterans could make VA medical appointments online under a bill moving through Congress.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 3:15 P.M.
Museum puts recollections of Pearl Harbor, other battles online
With the help of a software billionaire, an Everett museum is preserving both the memories of World War II veterans and the planes and tanks they fought in.
MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:30 P.M.
Hugh Evans, longtime Spokane attorney and Vietnam vet, to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery
Hugh Evans served during the bloodiest period of the Vietnam War, earning a Silver Star and kicking off a life of legal service and leisure in Spokane. A large group …
MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016
Spokane couple met amid horrors of World War II; home may become haven for vets
Herbert and Mildred “Mickey” James found love amid their service in the 120th Evacuation Hospital, which followed Gen. George S. Patton’s march to Berlin through the Buchenwald concentration camp. The …
SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2016, 5:45 A.M.
Stephanie Cates: Labor of love reveals greatness in two generations
Stephanie Cates’ mother went to great lengths to memorialize her own father’s service in World War II, becoming a first-time author at age 76.
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 9:34 A.M.
Chili’s apologizes after manager takes back free meal on Veterans Day
Dallas-based Chili’s restaurant chain has apologized after video showed a manager taking away a man’s free meal on Veterans Day.
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 10:59 A.M.
Obama urges nation to ‘forge unity’ after bitter election
Three days after Election Day, President Barack Obama used his last Veterans Day speech to urge Americans to learn from the example of veterans as a divided nation seeks to …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 10:27 A.M.
Tuskegee Airmen receive Congressional Gold Medal
Two members of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen have received Congressional Gold Medals during a Veterans Day ceremony at the National Warplane Museum.
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2016, 11:56 A.M.
1st Vietnam Veterans chapter plans for its eventual demise
The first chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is preparing for the day when there won’t be any members left to care for the monument to their service.
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 12:56 P.M.
Oregon receives $500K to assist veterans in 10 counties
The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has received $500,000 to provide free transportation to medical appointments for veterans living in 10 of the nation’s most rural counties.
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 4:15 P.M.
Coeur d’Alene’s G.I. Java offers veterans coffee with a side order of camaraderie
Linda and David Jacquot have spent this year preparing to open a coffee shop in Coeur d’Alene with a unique mission. G.I. Java will double as a place for veterans …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2016, 8:17 A.M.
Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor returning home
CONCORD, N.H. – Nearly 75 years after he died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Edwin Hopkins are coming home to New …
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 5:09 P.M.
Trump comments on PTSD show insensitivity and ignorance, Clinton says
Hillary Clinton denounced Donald Trump’s comments about post-traumatic stress disorder, saying it showed his “insensitivity and ignorance” and reinforced a “stigma” around the condition.