veterans

Veterans Services
12:20 am
Thu January 15, 2015

In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:45 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This story is part of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 2).

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Oregon WWII Memorial
5:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

On D-Day, Oregon Dedicates World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial is now open on the grounds of the state capitol in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

In Oregon, D-Day meant the dedication of a long-awaited memorial honoring World War II vets. Hundreds turned out for a ceremony Friday on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of western Europe.

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Oregon WWII Memorial
7:23 am
Tue June 3, 2014

'They Deserve The Honor:' Oregon's World War II Memorial Set To Open

World War II veteran Art Sorenson holds the helmet he wore in battle.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon. The state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with one veteran of the conflict who plans to attend the dedication ceremony.

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NWPR Books
2:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma

Ron Capps talks with refugees in the Kisna Reka refugee camp some 15 miles from Pristina, Kosovo, in 1998. In his role as a U.S. diplomatic monitor, Capps traveled through Kosovo gathering intelligence from refugees and Serb forces about the situation in the region.
Santiago Lyon AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 3:25 pm

In five wars over 10 years, Ron Capps shifted back and forth between being a U.S. Army officer and a State Department foreign service officer in some of the world's deadliest places.

In Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, he served as a senior military intelligence officer. In wartime Kosovo, Darfur and Rwanda, he worked as a diplomat out in the field, documenting violence and war. As he writes in his new memoir, all the while he was almost daily "in the midst of murder, rape, the burning of villages, crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleaning or genocide."

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Veteran Recognition
5:29 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bureaucratic Snafu Delays Vietnam Vet’s Medals For 44 Years

Leon Strigotte of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A Vietnam vet from north Idaho on Friday received nine military honors more than four decades overdue. Sgt. Leon Strigotte's medals had been overlooked for years as a result of poor record keeping and possibly a sunken ship.

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NWPR Books
10:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

U.S. Army soldiers begin their journey home from Iraq on July 13, 2010.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 4:43 pm

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. No matter what we do next, the soft tension of the trigger pull is something we'll carry with us forever.

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Veteran Reemployment
5:15 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

U.S. Stepping Up Enforcement of Veterans' Reemployment Rights

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:11 am

An Army Reservist will collect back pay from an Everett, Wash. company accused of violating his reemployment rights.

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NWPR Books
3:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:58 am

In the pages of David Finkel's new book, you'll meet a veteran who has recurring nightmares in which a fellow soldier asks, "Why didn't you save me?" You'll also meet a veteran who sees images of dead Iraqis floating in his bathtub, and another who tries to kill himself by biting through his right wrist — the only wrist he can raise to his mouth since his left side is paralyzed.

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BPA Management
4:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

BPA Shakeup In Wake Of Alleged Hiring Misdeeds

Former BPA head Bill Drummond
Credit Bonnevill Power Administration

There's been a management shakeup at the Bonneville Power Administration. The U.S. Department of Energy replaced BPA's agency head and chief operating officer without explanation. The move came just before the Tuesday morning release of a damaging Inspector General report.

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Paralympics
4:53 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Sun Valley Becomes Hub For Healing Vets Through Sports

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:34 pm

KETCHUM, Idaho - A ceremony in Sochi, Russia a few days ago started the one year countdown to the 2014 Winter Games. Here in the Northwest, the Sun Valley, Idaho ski team has set a goal to get at least six of its skiers or snowboarders on Team USA in Sochi.

The Paralympic Games for physically disabled athletes follow right after the Olympics. That U.S. team will also likely have lots of Northwest ties. Sun Valley is developing a reputation for uncovering exceptional paraplegic and amputee athletes through programs geared toward injured veterans.

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