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Finally, Army offers help to colonel

Col. Darel Maxfield vividly remembers the day a senior Army Reserve officer pulled the oak leaf off his chest and, with a flourish, replaced it with a proud eagle, the insignia of a full Army colonel. Maxfield’s father, a World War II Army vet, had died just the year before. The older man affectionately ribbed his son, calling him “Ike” for his shaved head. “When are they going to give you your colonel, son?” he would ask.

Veterans Court weighs stress of war service

After surviving 15 months in one of the most dangerous places on Earth, Iraq war veteran Carl Jacobson thought he could cope with just about anything civilian life had to throw at him. Jacobson realized he was wrong the day he learned that his beloved former platoon leader had been gravely wounded by an enemy sniper.

Test system integrates VA records with INHS

Spokane-based Inland Northwest Health Services will launch a test project with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Fairchild Air Force Base to simplify the sharing of medical information across private and federal systems. INHS and representatives of the VA and Fairchild announced the project during a Wednesday press conference in downtown Spokane.

Rossi campaign waged losing battle over veterans

OLYMPIA – Candidates with at least half a brain rarely pick a fight they cannot win. So it seemed odd last week when a Seattle television station reported Dino Rossi was challenging Sen. Patty Murray on veterans issues and alleging the federal government was “spending recklessly” on veterans programs. Not only does Murray have a campaign commercial with a slew of veterans singing her praises, but she has a reputation for actually working on an issue to which most members of Congress merely pay lip service. It’s a recognized strength, sort of like recruiting point guards at Gonzaga.

Ambulance ride turns costly for north Spokane man

Howard Hickman never had a problem with his health insurance coverage. The retired Union Pacific employee and Navy veteran said he has 100 percent coverage rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs and health insurance through Union Pacific. And he has Medicare. So he was quite surprised when American Medical Response, an ambulance company based in Modesto, Calif., threatened to send him to collection over his last ambulance ride.

Spokane vet put life in peril – again

This William Wallace did not set out to win independence for Scotland. But the 80-year-old Korean War veteran did take a knife in the heart for another cause: keeping some “punk” car prowler from getting away with stolen loot. “I got mortared and shot in Korea and then I came home and got knifed,” Wallace said Thursday in his northwest Spokane home, a day after the culprit was ordered to serve just over three years in prison for the attack.

Ex-postal worker accused of theft

A former Post Falls U.S. Postal Service employee was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing prescription painkillers from packages sent to U.S. military veterans.

Mullen says veterans need not suffer alone

BEDFORD, Va. – In a stirring tribute to the D-Day sacrifices of American soldiers and their allies, the U.S. military’s top officer said Sunday that World War II’s defining moment should remind all that returning warriors need not “suffer in quiet desperation.” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke in the peaceful setting of this small town, which bore the heaviest share of American losses in the June 6, 1944, landings on the beaches of Normandy. The National D-Day Memorial was established here in 2001 as a tribute to those who died in the invasion of German-occupied Europe.

HUD grants help homeless vets

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $3.4 million in permanent rental assistance vouchers Thursday for 580 homeless veterans in the Northwest.

Resting place dedicated to veterans

A wet wind snapped the Stars and Stripes to attention as the first Washington State Veterans Cemetery was dedicated before at least 3,000 people on Monday. In the crowd of veterans, their families and friends, two former airborne infantrymen swapped stories.

Veterans Cemetery unveiled

A wet wind snapped the Stars and Stripes to attention as the first Washington State Veterans Cemetery was dedicated before at least 3,000 people on Monday.

Dedication of the state Veterans Cemetery

More than 6,000 attended the dedication of the state Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake today. A group of veterans, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans will volunteer to spend one day each month at the cemetery to attend burials and extend sympathy to the survivors of loved ones on behalf of the governor and the cemetery.