veterans http://kuow.org en Seattle Writer Recalls 'The Feelings Of The War Inside Me' http://kuow.org/post/seattle-writer-recalls-feelings-war-inside-me <p>When Major David Tucker deployed to Iraq – his third mission since he joined the Army Reserves in 1982 – he told his soldiers to take the doors off the Humvees. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:49:15 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Marcie Sillman 38440 at http://kuow.org Seattle Writer Recalls 'The Feelings Of The War Inside Me' From Military To Civilian: Making The Paycheck Transition http://kuow.org/post/military-civilian-making-paycheck-transition <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Joint Base Lewis-McChord's transition services manager, Robin Baker, about the programs the base offers to help veterans transition to civilian life. Also, we hear from Sgt. Richard Larimer about his upcoming entrance into the civilian sector for the first time. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:03:55 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 38084 at http://kuow.org Wounded In Afghanistan, But Still Running http://kuow.org/post/wounded-afghanistan-still-running <p>On Edward Lychik's 21st birthday, his fellow troops gave him a gift.</p><p>The Army combat engineer normally rode in the first truck in his convoy. Lychik's job was to ensure the road his battalion traveled in Afghanistan was bomb-free.</p><p>To celebrate Lychik's big day, his comrades let him ride in the rear — the convoy's last truck. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:19:48 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 37843 at http://kuow.org Wounded In Afghanistan, But Still Running Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Sgt. Bergdahl Defends Its Support http://kuow.org/post/idaho-town-waited-5-years-sgt-bergdahl-defends-its-support <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060414JR_HaileySpeaksOut_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday was jubilant at first. Then the story took a dramatically different turn.&#160;<p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:21:11 +0000 Jessica Robinson 35833 at http://kuow.org Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Sgt. Bergdahl Defends Its Support Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans http://kuow.org/post/fly-fishing-meditative-healing-process-veterans <p>For some soldiers, learning to live with physical injuries or post-deployment stress in a clinical setting is a less than conducive atmosphere for making progress.</p><p><a href="http://www.riversofrecovery.org/">Rivers of Recovery</a>, a Minnesota based nonprofit group, uses a different approach:&nbsp; They take soldiers out into the woods and teach them to fly fish. The aim is to provide counseling, camaraderie and self-care tools that soldiers can build on. Fri, 23 May 2014 18:04:40 +0000 Patricia Murphy 35070 at http://kuow.org Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans Local Veteran 'Says A Little Prayer' When Flags Are Lowered To Half-Staff http://kuow.org/post/local-veteran-says-little-prayer-when-flags-are-lowered-half-staff <p></p><p>Memorial Day is just one of many days throughout the year when the American flag is lowered to half-staff. The President of the United States and state governors can also order flags lowered during times of mourning.</p><p>In Washington state, flags have flown at half-staff three times so far in 2014 to honor local soldiers who died on active duty. In April, Governor Jay Inslee also <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/flag/">ordered to lower the flags</a> for a week in memory of the victims of the tragic Oso landslide. Fri, 23 May 2014 15:46:34 +0000 Liz Jones 35045 at http://kuow.org Local Veteran 'Says A Little Prayer' When Flags Are Lowered To Half-Staff For Some Vets, Growing Old Triggers PTSD http://kuow.org/post/some-vets-growing-old-triggers-ptsd As veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam age and enter hospice, we&#8217;re learning that some of them, who seemed totally fine all their lives, are experiencing late in life post-traumatic stress disorder.<p>One study shows that as many as one in three vets have experienced Late Onset Stress Symptology (LOSS).<p>From the <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> Contributors Network, <strong>Kate Wells</strong> of Michigan Radio profiles the daughter of a vet with LOSS. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:21:17 +0000 editor 33319 at http://kuow.org For Some Vets, Growing Old Triggers PTSD Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman http://kuow.org/post/ex-ranger-recalls-friendly-fire-killed-pat-tillman Ten years ago Tuesday, former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who fired on Tillman, and <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10816260/pat-tillman-enduring-guilt">he told his story recently on ESPN's <em>Outside the Lines</em>.</a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 NPR Staff 33051 at http://kuow.org 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