Veterans

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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Northwest News
9:46 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Other Than Honorable Veteran Gets Benefits, Second Vet Killed By Police

Photo Credit: Phyllis Lewis

A decorated combat veteran who lost his medical benefits when he was kicked out of the Army for misconduct has learned he will, in fact, qualify for health care from the Veterans Administration.

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Northwest News
9:44 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Northwest Soldier Booted From Army Will Recieve VA Benefits

Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins

Former Staff Sgt. Jarrid Starks was initially barred from receiving VA health care. However, he recently learned he will now qualify for veterans’ benefits.

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Mental Health System For Veterans
5:14 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two Years Later, Former Soldier "Vindicated" By PTSD Diagnosis

Former Army SSG Richard Kellar was recently re-assessed for PTSD. The result was a positive diagnosis.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Sen. Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.

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Vet Care
4:38 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Murray Holds Field Hearing On Vet Care

Senator Patty Murray held a hearing regarding veteran healthcare.
U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Patty Murray held a field hearing in Tacoma Wednesday. She was listening to vets regarding the challenges they’re facing getting mental health care and jobs.

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