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Veterans Community Response members volunteer, thinning forest land

Members of the Veterans Community Response organization are spending some of their days clearing and thinning forest land, helping make it harder for wildfires to take hold and cause severe …


UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

While Memorial Day may have looked different, Spokane honored families, veterans

This Memorial Day, many traditions, and normal events the community attends to honor veterans and other lost loved ones have been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A few …


UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

County library presents ‘Sometimes Heroes: America’s Changing Relationship With Its Veterans’ online

“Support Our Troops” and “thank you for your service” are phrases we hear – and see – regularly. But that support for veterans hasn’t always been there.


Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his …


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Most Memorial Day events have been canceled; private remembrances can proceed

Memorial Day won’t feel quite the same this year. Because of social distancing requirements forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, most public events have been canceled.


World War II veterans to join Trump at V-E Day ceremony

Seven World War II veterans, ages 96 to 100, planned to join President Donald Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

VA medical facilities struggle to cope with the coronavirus

The Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling with shortages of workers at its health care facilities as it cares for veterans infected with the coronavirus.


VA plans to suspend University of Phoenix and other colleges from accessing GI Bill benefits

Five schools, including for-profit behemoth University of Phoenix and Temple University, may be prevented from enrolling new students using GI Bill benefits because they engaged in deceptive recruiting and advertising …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

‘Let’s go home’: Afghan war vets torn on U.S.-Taliban deal

Veterans of America’s longest war are torn as the U.S. signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

VA delays rollout of new nationwide health record system that was set to start in Spokane in March

The Department of Veterans Affairs has delayed the roll out of its new electronic health record system, which was set to go live in March at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center in …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Stand Down to provide veterans services, supplies and chance to connect in Spokane

Spokane’s veterans will have a chance to access supplies and resources, as well as get a chance to connect with other former service members, during the first local, one-stop Stand …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

‘You’re a part of the community’: Mission43 assists 9/11-era military members and their families

Mission43 is in Idaho – the 43rd state – yet the initiative of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation will stretch across borders to help post 9/11-era military members …


Veterans concerned about benefits hesitant to use, discuss cannabis

Some studies show that as many as 1 in 4 veterans report that they are consuming cannabis for therapeutic purposes.


WSU partners with California company in hopes of receiving marijuana for research

Federal restrictions currently limit production of the drug for clinical use to one farm on the University of Mississippi’s campus. Biopharmaceutical Research Co., based outside of Monterey, is hoping to …


Spin Control: Tax votes aren’t an automatic no, this election showed

An article of faith among certain political “experts” says voters, given the chance, will always vote against taxes. But voters don’t automatically do so.


‘Thank them for their service to our country’: Veterans honored at Sacajawea assembly

With songs and words, Sacajawea paid tribute to all American veterans. About 50 of them – from every service branch and every conflict since World War II – were seated …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Both sides assert affirmative action referendum will help veterans

Lawyers disagree on whether new affirmative action programs under Referendum 88 will help or hurt veterans.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

‘A big hug from this community’: Hayden welcomes soldier injured in Afghanistan

More than 100 people braved rain and traffic Friday morning to line the sides of Highway 95 in Hayden and welcome a wounded soldier to their community.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Veterans for Peace to hold convention in Spokane this weekend

About 300 veterans are expected at the conference, which will touch on issues such as conservation, climate change, indigenous issues and peace across borders.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

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

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

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.