Stories tagged: veterans
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Missing VA laptop may affect health privacy of of 3,275 Spokane veterans
Veterans Affairs officials in Spokane are notifying 3,275 veterans that their health information may be compromised because of a missing laptop computer.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Suicide among veterans highest in western U.S., rural areas
Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Forgotten remains of Washington veterans arrive in Medical Lake with motorcycle escort
Volunteer riders from all over Washington escorted the remains of 28 former service members and their families to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake on Wednesday afternoon. The …
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Trump preaches unity to vets after fiery political speech
A day after a searing speech tearing into the media and members of his own political party, President Donald Trump returned to calls for unity and love as he spoke …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Veterans group sues Pentagon for not protecting private military records of millions of troops
A veterans organization is suing the Pentagon for exposing private details about troops’ military service on “a truly massive scale” due to lax security on one of its websites.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 7:55 p.m.
Trump announces new ways to help veterans get medical care
President Donald Trump announced new efforts Thursday to use technology to improve veterans’ health care, saying the programs will greatly expand access, especially for mental health care and suicide prevention. …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
House moves to fill VA’s budget gap despite vets’ objections
The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of …
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free
Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with …
UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Writing program helps traumatized veterans heal
Nichols, a Vietnam veteran and retired managing editor of the East Oregonian, had cobbled together the words during a Red Badge Project writing workshop and later agreed to share them …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:29 a.m.
Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor U.S. WWI troops
French President Emmanuel Macron has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day celebration next month to celebrate the arrival 100 years ago of the American troops who fought …
UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for veterans’ care
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an …
Thu., June 22, 2017, 12:41 p.m.
White House: Trump to sign VA accountability bill on Friday
The White House says President Donald Trump will sign a bill Friday to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.
Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
Lawmakers scold VA as they seek to fix its sudden budget gap
The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion …
Wed., June 21, 2017, 6:34 a.m.
Bayview Daze to give Vietnam vets warm welcome
When Vicky Richardson learned about how poorly soldiers returning home from Vietnam were treated, she decided something needed to be done. Now, her city of Bayview, Idaho, aims to give …
Sun., June 18, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Richland student recording stories for National World War II Museum
A Hanford High student is in the middle of a yearlong endeavor to record the stories of World War II veterans, merchant sailors, nurses, Manhattan Project workers and home front …
Tue., June 13, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane initiative aims to connect veterans with the humanities
Joe Gilliland could tell you a war story, but it wouldn’t be complete without the happy moments.
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Garland Church group making Quilts of Valor for veterans living on Molokai in Hawaii
A closetful of red, white and blue quilts in North Spokane will soon be delivered to veterans on the island of Molokai, more than 2,000 miles away. These Quilts of …
Tue., June 6, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Senate poised to make firing VA employees easier
The Senate is poised to approve legislation to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s part of an accountability effort urged by President Donald Trump.
Mon., May 29, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
More than 80,000 American service members remain missing in action
More than 80,000 American service members remain missing in action.
UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address
President Donald Trump on Monday expressed the nation’s “boundless” gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans in defense of the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as …
Sun., May 28, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
Democrats try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority
Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with military on their resumes appeals …
UPDATED: Sun., May 28, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning
While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer – think beaches and backyard barbecues, mattress sales and sporting events – some veterans …
UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
LightBender photo program helps veterans find way to recovery through camera lenses
A class of veterans dealing with the aftermath of war are healing through photography. Four vets are under the tutelage Christopher Chaffee, a Navy veteran and retired professional photographer who …
Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Idaho woman pleads guilty in veterans benefits ruse
A southwest Idaho woman whose grandmother received benefits as the wife of a deceased veteran has admitted to collecting about $91,000 by not reporting her grandmother’s death.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn’t …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Idaho wants to identify veterans monuments, memorials
Idaho is trying to identify all the monuments and memorials to the military and veterans in the state.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:59 p.m.
Amazon Wants You: Retail giant turns to military vets as it looks for management talent
Rick Nielsen, a former U.S. Navy captain, was just a few years ago at the helm of the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship designed to help Marines stake out …
Sun., May 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Disabled vet offers peers therapy through fishing
Serving five foreign tours of duty during 15 years with the Army came close to killing Ryan Caldwell. Coming home to a medical retirement came even closer.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
Lawmakers reach deal on legislation to make it easier to fire VA employees
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to take swift action to fire employees, an overhaul of long-guaranteed …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Saudis paid for U.S. veteran trips to help fight 9/11 lawsuit law
After Congress passed a new law allowing Sept. 11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, opponents mounted an expensive political campaign, including paying American military veterans to …