Stories tagged: veterans
Wed., March 30, 2016
Vietnam vets honored, as 50th anniversary commemorated
Spokane Valley commemorated Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on Tuesday
Tue., March 29, 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Vietnam vets honored at Spokane event
About 30 Vietnam veterans gathered in Spokane Tuesday to commemorate the end of that war.
Mon., Jan. 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Study tracks which part of brain is particularly vulnerable to injury
Using brain scans from dozens of former soldiers, plus similar research in mice, scientists at the University of Washington and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System have identified …
Sat., Jan. 16, 2016
Editorial: Bet on bill to steer veterans to legal help
Legislation would create clearing house for attorney referrals, provide training.
Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
Federal grants to help homeless Native American veterans
The Spokane Indian Housing Authority will receive more than $245,000 in federal funding to provide housing for homeless Native American veterans on tribal lands, the U.S. Department of Housing and …
Wed., Nov. 18, 2015
Tom Rousseau has captured life through the lens of his camera
If a picture is worth a thousand words then Tom Rousseau, 89, has enough for several libraries in his Spokane Valley home.
Tue., Nov. 17, 2015
Editorial: For-profit colleges a bad bargain
For-profit colleges have draining public funds and exploiting veterans for far too long. Congress needs to act.
Wed., Nov. 11, 2015
Veterans deserve our gratitude
Veterans of all wars deserve rock star treatment.
Tue., Nov. 10, 2015, 11:39 a.m.
VA rule could leave some homeless veterans out in the cold
Some homeless veterans might not qualify for aid if the VA strictly enforces a rule.
Tue., Nov. 10, 2015
Decorated Spokane Marine shares story of 1963 heroism
Local veteran Rodger J. Johnson, 75, saved seven men from burning helicopter wreckage during a training exercise more than 50 years ago. Slowed by a stroke, he says instinct kicked …
Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 8:44 p.m.
Military veterans in Washington State Patrol asked to complete class action lawsuit survey
The Washington State Patrol is asking all employees who are military veterans to fill out a survey about their employment. The agency is seeking a settlement in a lawsuit alleging …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 10 a.m.
Twins stick together in war and peace
Leon and Dale Brown beat the odds, both surviving a year as corpsmen in Vietnam − and coming to each other’s aid on the battlefield and at home.
Wed., Sept. 16, 2015
Missing in America nonprofit lays 46 ‘lost’ local veterans to rest
Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
Ground broken at Arena for memorial to fallen heroes
Several hundred people gathered Friday morning – the anniversary of 9/11 – to break ground on a new memorial honoring post-9/11 service members who died in the line of duty. …
Sat., Aug. 8, 2015
Women’s military role has changed over the years
In the spring of 1781, Deborah Sampson wanted to join the fledgling army of the United States. So, she disguised herself as a man, assumed the name of her dead …
Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
Rally centers on veteran, potential weapons confiscation in Priest River
A group of about 100 people in Priest River, Idaho, lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials plan to confiscate the man’s …
Sun., May 24, 2015
Veteran’s long-unmarked grave given a headstone
When Chuck Elmore heard that a black Army veteran had been buried in the 1970s in an unmarked grave at Spokane-Cheney Memorial Gardens, he thought resolving the issue might take …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Coeur d’Alene Stand Down to aid homeless veterans
Homeless veterans can pick up fresh supplies for living on the streets at St. Vincent de Paul’s annual North Idaho Veterans Stand Down next weekend in Coeur d’Alene. The Department …
Fri., April 10, 2015
Some VA centers miss wait-time targets
The majority of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Washington are meeting timeliness goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their …
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon unites combat veterans through ski resort retreats
Overwhelmed with casualties from two wars, the image of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) has taken a beating recently. Some administrators in the agency took shortcuts in order to look good …
Mon., Dec. 8, 2014
Pearl Harbor survivors mark 73rd anniversary in Spokane
On Sunday, the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Stars and Stripes STA bus delivered its precious cargo to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The five …
Mon., Sept. 29, 2014
Gonzaga will clinic helps veterans plan for the future
Seth Maier spends his professional life helping veterans find the services they need. Last year, the U.S. Navy veteran attended the Washington Veterans Will Clinic at Gonzaga University and became …
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
Local veterans air complaints about VA procedures
Several veterans who attended a town hall meeting Friday evening at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center praised the care they had been given, but in the next breath spoke of problems …
Fri., Aug. 15, 2014
Lawmakers hold forum at Fairchild
Michelle Aikman has seen her husband leave the country 13 times since he enlisted in the Air Force prior to the Sept. 11 attacks. “This is not unusual, and that’s …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014
Spokane women make quilts for veterans
It was, perhaps, a bit hot for the gift of a blanket, but that didn’t dampen the spirit among the three veterans who received handmade quilts from the Quilts of …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014
Ceremony to inter veterans’ remains
Paul Fuchs has a soft spot in his heart for veterans, especially those like his father who served in the Korean War. So when he heard the ashes of a …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014
If you go
The Missing in America Project ceremony to inter the unclaimed remains of more than 50 Washington veterans is at 3 p.m. Friday at the state Veterans Cemetery, 21702 Espanola Road, …
Wed., July 16, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Spokane veterans’ hospital struggles with specialty care
Doctor shortages in the optometry services have been the primary reason for longer-than-usual wait lists at Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center this summer, and none of the waits has involved …
Wed., July 2, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath
Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …
Thu., June 19, 2014
Editorial: Doctor shortage could be crippling to Congress’ plan for veterans
As part of its emergency reaction to the scandalous wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that includes $500 million to hire more health care …