Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Returns To U.S.

Jun 1, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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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