Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans

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.

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.

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