Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans
3:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Veteran Gets New Home For The Holidays

Standing on their new front porch, Logan and Rebecca Murrill (far right) joined by donors Joe and Cathleen Karcher, Eugene City Manager, John Ruiz and Saint Vinney's Terry McDonald (far left.)
Credit 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.”

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Veterans Day
11:35 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Thurston Middle School Presents Check To Local VFW

Jim Matthews accepts the check for the local VFW.
Credit 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.”

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Military & Veterans
10:51 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Lane County Groups Vow To End Veteran Homelessness

Credit 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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Coast Guard
11:50 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Respond to Newport Air Facility Closing

Credit www.newslincolncounty.com

Oregon lawmakers are urging the Coast Guard to reverse its decision to close the Newport Air Facility. Oregon representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter Defazio and Kurt Schrader along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley wrote a letter emphasizing the impact the closure would have on Newport. Hank Stern, Wyden’s press secretary, says the senator was surprised by the Coast Guard’s decision.

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Veterans' Issues
3:32 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Long Term Housing Facility For Veterans Dedication Saturday In Lebanon

Inside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home.
Credit Albany Democrat-Herald

A new long-term care home in Lebanon for Veterans is finished and will be dedicated, Saturday. The facility can house up to 154 residents and is named after a World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Corvallis.

The 40 million dollar facility broke ground in 2012 and focuses on rehabilitation services and long term care for veterans with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Spokesman Jeremy Woodall is proud of the building.

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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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