Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans

City of Springfield

Last month, the city of Springfield unveiled a new memorial that’s dedicated to women veterans. It’s one of only a handful of monuments across the nation that honors women in the U.S. military. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with two veterans who helped create the memorial.

Recorded On: November 10, 2017

Air Date: November 13, 2017

In Lane County there are approximately 30,000 military veterans. Public support for veterans is high. Oregon voters recently approved a measure to increase funding for veteran’s services, and the Veterans Administration opened a new facility locally: the VA Eugene Healthcare Center on Chad Drive. As a new group of veterans from wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan transition back to civilian life, they face a different set of challenges. What does this mean for Lane County veterans?

Rachael McDonald

Friday, The City of Springfield will unveil a new monument honoring women veterans. It’s part of the city’s 5-year public art project.

Desmond O'Boyle

Investigators from Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. will be in Oregon next week to visit the Eugene and Roseburg V.A. healthcare facilities.

Desmond O'Boyle

Some doctors and nurses at the Veterans Administration clinic in Eugene say it’s being mismanaged by officials from the Roseburg VA. Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio has called for an investigation at the federal level.

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U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (in Washington State) are helping fight fires in southern Oregon. 200 soldiers have been deployed to the Umpqua North Complex of Fires, which has burned nearly 40-thousand acres east of Roseburg.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Across the Eugene-Springfield area, people gathered in parks and cemeteries to honor those Americans who gave their lives in times of war.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A formidable weapon against the Axis powers is visiting the Eugene Airport this weekend.  The World War Two-era bomber – a B-17 Flying Fortress called the “Aluminum Overcast” – will offer visitors a chance to learn of the aircraft's role in disrupting the Nazi supply chain.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports:  

Brian Bull / KLCC

One of the most famous bombers of World War II is in Eugene, this week.  A B-17 Flying Fortress --deemed the “Madras Maiden” -- touched down Monday, as part of an ongoing effort to educate people about the war against the Axis…and the airmen who served.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Kitty Piercy

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy visited the White House this week to be honored by First Lady Michelle Obama for the city’s work to house homeless veterans.

Recorded on: November 11, 2016

Air Date: November 14, 2016

Our speakers will share how the military transformed their lives, and the challenges they faced returning to civilian life.

Rachael McDonald

On Veteran’s Day, Friday, the City of Springfield will unveil a new Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Willamalane Park.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

Not everyone can trek to our nation's capitol to see the real thing. So for the past 30 years, a smaller version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall has traveled the country.

On Thursday the replica wall opened at Skinner Butte Park in Eugene.

Veterans' Housing Project

Congressman Peter DeFazio has announced federal grant funding of nearly $1 million to help homeless veterans in southwestern Oregon.

Neighborworks Umpqua

A California couple has donated a valuable lot of land in Roseburg. They’ve asked a local non-profit to develop it for veteran housing.


Rachael McDonald

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Brian Babb. The Oregon Army National Guard veteran was shot by Eugene Police while suffering from a mental health crisis. His family is holding a benefit Wednesday in Eugene to celebrate Babb’s life.

Rachael McDonald

There is a memorial to U.S. women veterans in Washington D.C. The City of Springfield wants to build one in Oregon. Women vets met Monday to talk about what it will look like.

Lane County

More than a year ago, several government agencies and non-profits in Lane County set a goal to house one veteran for every day of the year in 2015.

Desmond O'Boyle

The new Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic opens to the public Monday (today). In an effort to get vets the care they need, Lane Transit District is offering free service to the facility. Passengers simply need to tell their bus driver they are going to the new V-A Clinic to receive an LTD day pass. Andy Vobora is the Director of Customer Service and Planning for LTD.

Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is investigating a security breach that may have compromised the personal information of nearly 1000 vets.

Rachael McDonald

Last November, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged Mayors around the country to "make a commitment to end veteran homelessness in 2015." The mayors of Eugene and Springfield rose to the challenge and progress has been made over the past year in "Operation 365". There is still a lot of work to do to house veterans in our community.

Nearly 300 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard will be honored in a formal demobilization ceremony Saturday in Medford.

The soldiers are with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The unit is based in Southern Oregon and has soldiers from cities including Roseburg, Coos Bay and Grants Pass. They deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2014.

Ingersoll: "Much of their mission is classified so I can't go into specifics, but they were all over Afghanistan performing security operations."

Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Dept.

On this Memorial Day, hundreds of Oregon families are celebrating with their soldiers who've recently returned from overseas deployments.

During the past month, nearly 800 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard have completed deployments ranging from 9 months to more than a year. Some provided security in Afghanistan during the drawdown of troops. Others with an engineer battalion worked on soldier housing in Kuwait and U.S. military facilities in Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sgt. Phillip Steiner is a spokesman with the Oregon Army National Guard.

When Heroes Are Not Welcomed Home

Feb 16, 2015

Meeting Date: February 13th, 2015

Air Date: February 16th, 2015

A World War II soldier was back home in Hood River and wearing his uniform, complete with Silver and Bronze Stars, when his barber told him, “I oughtta slit your throat!” 

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Congress gave Newport’s Coast Guard air station a one-year reprieve after a threatened December closure. The community still fears they’ll lose their rescue helicopter. This week, opposing parties filed declarations in court.

A Washington D.C. Coast Guard official filed documents in federal court claiming the closure was only a proposal. In response, the Newport Fisherman’s Wives filed a contradicting statement. Ginny Goblirsch with that group says the Coast Guard’s decision had been presented as final:

Veterans' Housing Project

A long-time tradition in Eugene, The Truffle Shuffle, is this Sunday. What's new is that the fun-run is a fundraiser for Saint Vincent de Paul's Veteran Housing Program. Terry McDonald is Executive Director of Saint Vinnies:

Egan Warming Center

St Vincent de Paul of Lane County has received federal funds to help end veteran homelessness within three years. Spurred by this, the Mayors of Eugene and Springfield and Lane County Commissioners have been raising money this holiday season to help with the project. Their effort is called Veterans Home for The Holidays-- the idea is that each day a homeless veteran will be permanently housed.

St. Vinnie's Executive Director Terry McDonald says fundraising for has been slow.

Tiffany Eckert

A soldier, his wife and five kids will experience the holiday season in a new home-- thanks to a veterans housing program in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited the family and has this report.

Recently, military veteran Logan Murrill and his wife Rebecca were renting a house in Oakridge. But it was being sold and they had to move. Logan called Lane County Veteran’s Services.

Logan Murrill: ”We weren’t expecting a house or anything. We were just wondering if there were some volunteers who could help us pack.”

Karen Richards

Thurston Middle School is known for its Veterans Day assembly. Monday, students presented a check to the local VFW, after fundraising last week.

The Thurston Middle School band welcomed about three dozen veterans and their families to the packed gymnasium. Principal Brandi Starck said the goal of the event was to understand the history and meaning of Veterans Day:

Starck: “We also want to take time to honor the veterans who live in and around our community. People who have continued to live here and continued to support our community, even after their service.”

St Vincent de Paul

In time for Veterans Day, Groups in Lane County are launching an effort to end veteran homelessness by 2016. Operation 365 aims to house one veteran each day between now and a year from now.

The local effort is part of a nation-wide program. St Vincent de Paul of Lane County has been awarded a federal 3 year grant of 3-million dollars to help. St. Vinnies Executive Director Terry McDonald:

McDonald: "We have the outreach and the opportunity to make this ambition goal and we're going to make a run at it."

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