Military & Veterans

POW's
9:40 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly

Hop Porter Park in downtown Hailey
Credit Jessica Robinson

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey.

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Military & Veterans
1:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

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

Oregon's World War II memorial stands on the grounds of the state capitol in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

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.

When Art Sorenson boarded a ship to Europe…

Art Sorenson: "I knew this was the big one."

The eastern Washington native fought with the 104th Infantry Division across France, Belgium and Germany in the closing months of World War II.

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Military & Veterans
11:27 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Job Fair For Veterans And Military Spouses In Roseburg Wednesday

Credit Hiring Our Heroes

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting a “Hiring Our Heroes” event for veterans and their spouses in Roseburg Wednesday.

The job fairs for vets were launched three years ago. As a result, more than 1,500 companies have hired about 23,000 veterans and military spouses, according to the Chamber of Commerce. Spokesman Phillip Maas, who retired from the Army after a 25-year career, says Wednesday’s event in Roseburg will have a variety of employers.

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POW's
10:47 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Returns To U.S.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit oregonlive.com

A soldier believed to be the only remaining prisoner of the Afghan war is on his way home.

U.S. officials Saturday morning said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released to special operations forces by a Taliban group in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.

Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders reports Bergdahl was captured in 2009.

Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl has spent most of his 20s held captive by Afghan militants.

Now at 28 years old, Bergdahl is being freed one month shy of the fifth anniversary of his capture.

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Military & Veterans
8:11 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Head of Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Backs Gen. Eric Shinseki

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has joined other lawmakers calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

In a preliminary report released Wednesday, the VA's Inspector General said delaying medical care and trying to cover it up has become systemic. Cameron Smith is the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Military & Veterans
12:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Died For Their Country

The Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs in Salem, Ore.
Credit ODVA

While Memorial Day means no work or school for most people, it's also a time to remember those who have served their country. On Memorial Day, there's a ceremony at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Families and friends will gather at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. In the annual ceremony, the names of two Oregon soldiers will be added to the wall. The department's Director, Cameron Smith, says they were killed in Afghanistan last year.

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Military & Veterans
8:04 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Three Names Will Be Added To Oregon's Memorial For Veterans

Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Wall in Salem.
Credit Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

For those enjoying a 3-day weekend, the day off is to remember and honor those men and women who've served in the military. In Oregon, the day will be marked with a solemn ceremony in Salem.

Twice a year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the names of the fallen are added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Wall. It's located on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. Mike Allegre says they will be adding three new names to the wall.

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