veterans http://kuow.org en From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' http://kuow.org/post/war-desert-murder-ball-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULh4froE7k</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 30026 at http://kuow.org From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-patrol-faces-lawsuit-over-promotion-military-vets <p>Steve Scher talks with Tom Pillow, president of the <a href="http://www.wspta.org/pub/index.php">Washington State Patrol Troopers Association,</a> about a lawsuit filed by state troopers against the Washington State Patrol. The lawsuit claims the agency is breaking the law when military veterans are up for promotions. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:50:06 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 29582 at http://kuow.org Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans http://kuow.org/post/hypervigilance-and-crowds-complicate-holidays-and-life-back-home-veterans <p>Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and&nbsp;suicidologist&nbsp;Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:53:02 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 26350 at http://kuow.org Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans Injured Vet Uses Film To Advocate, Connect With Civilians http://kuow.org/post/injured-vet-uses-film-advocate-connect-civilians <p>Keith Curry wanted to be a career soldier, <a href="http://kuow.org/post/military-disability-system-making-progress-still-falling-short-goals">but injuries he sustained</a> while deployed to Iraq ended that future.</p><p>“So,” Curry asked himself, “how can I continue to contribute?” Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Patricia Murphy 26280 at http://kuow.org Injured Vet Uses Film To Advocate, Connect With Civilians Back To Vietnam: One Veteran's Story http://kuow.org/post/back-vietnam-one-veterans-story <p>Ross Reynolds sits down with Richard Brummett, a Vietnam War veteran who is one of thousands of vets who have made pilgrimages back to the country where they fought. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:42:10 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 26285 at http://kuow.org Back To Vietnam: One Veteran's Story Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://kuow.org/post/path-reclaiming-identity-steep-vets-bad-paper When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.<p>"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.<p>The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 25265 at http://kuow.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment http://kuow.org/post/veterans-bad-paper-catch-22-treatment Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In many ways, military veterans hold a privileged place in American society, but not all vets have access to what goes along with that privilege. In the past decade of war, more than 100,000 men and women left the military with less than honorable discharges, many due to bad conduct related to post traumatic stress disorder. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25188 at http://kuow.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://kuow.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25113 at http://kuow.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter Help Is Hard To Get For Veterans After A Bad Discharge http://kuow.org/post/help-hard-get-veterans-after-bad-discharge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are often boxed into categories, stereotypes. Vets are wounded warriors - maybe they lost an arm or a leg, or suffer from PTSD. Vets are heroes - they risk their lives to serve. They are said to be the new greatest generation. Today, we'll begin a series about vets who don't fit the stereotypes. These vets committed crimes, or they breached military discipline. They got kicked out, and got other-than-honorable discharges. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 editor 25093 at http://kuow.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs http://kuow.org/post/starbucks-latest-company-aiming-help-vets-land-jobs In recent years, companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing have announced special hiring programs for veterans. Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is the latest.<p>All of these companies are trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But to succeed, companies have to take the time to understand the skills of service members.<p>For 37 years, Carrol Stripling served in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, mostly as a paralegal. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 23337 at http://kuow.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers http://kuow.org/post/microsoft-exec-soldiers-make-great-software-developers <p>A new program in Lacey, Wash., gives soldiers training and a career track in software development after discharge from the Army. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:16:45 +0000 Patricia Murphy 23279 at http://kuow.org Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/student-vets-worry-about-tuition-payments-amid-shutdown <p>For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran&rsquo;s benefits. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Steve Scher & Kara McDermott 22054 at http://kuow.org Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown Homelessness, Pigeons And Life After Injury http://kuow.org/post/homelessness-pigeons-and-life-after-injury <p><strong>No Home To Go To: Stories From The Homeless And Poor</strong></p><p></p><p>As many as<a href="http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/How_Many.pdf"> 3.5 million people</a> in the United States experience homelessness in a given year. We'll hear a few personal stories about homelessness. In 2007, Steve Scher talked with Lisa Gray-Garcia (aka Tiny), journalist, poet and founder of POOR Magazine and the Poor News Network, Neal Lampi, who was living in a transitional housing program, and Renee Gebre, then living at Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pigeons: Rats With Wings Or Symbols Of Peace?</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p>The pigeon used to be considered a symbol of peace and fertility. The birds were also a critical component of wartime communication. Yet, now people often consider them rats with wings. Steve Scher talks with Andrew Blechman, an award-winning journalist and author of “Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird,” as well as Dave Cheney from National Bird Control.</p><p></p><p><strong>Life After Injury: Stories From American Soldiers</strong></p><p></p><p>Thousands of American soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade. Many suffered physical injury as a result. Today we hear first hand stories from members of our military. Steve Scher talked with Lt. John Arthur, Capt. Jeremy McGuffey and Sgt. Christopher Hoyt about life after injury and coming home from war.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18676 at http://kuow.org Military Disability System Making Progress, Still Falling Short Of Goals http://kuow.org/post/military-disability-system-making-progress-still-falling-short-goals <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For soldiers who are injured or wounded, the process for determining whether they’re eligible for medical retirement is long.</span></p><p>Many, including the Government Accountability Office, say too long.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/650/647591.pdf">2012 report</a> to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the GAO found that soldiers at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other military installations were waiting nearly 400 days to get through the system.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:07:26 +0000 Patricia Murphy 17324 at http://kuow.org Military Disability System Making Progress, Still Falling Short Of Goals Bill To Protect Veterans Against Discrimination http://kuow.org/post/bill-protect-veterans-against-discrimination <p></p><p>If you are a veteran looking for a job in Washington state, employers can’t refuse to hire you because of your military status. That’s because of a 2006 law protecting veterans against discrimination. But in most states that’s not the case. United States Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) wants to change that. Ross Reynolds talks to Representative Kilmer about how his bill would protect all veterans and service members from employer and housing discrimination nationwide.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:21:29 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 16875 at http://kuow.org Bill To Protect Veterans Against Discrimination