veterans

Military Health
1:59 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Audit Reveals Surprising Information About VA Medical Centers In Puget Sound

Ross Reynolds talks to Tacoma News Tribune military reporter Adam Ashton about an audit done on the Veteran Affairs medical centers that revealed schedulers manipulated wait times so it seemed that patients were not having to wait as long for health services.

Also, Rep. Denny Heck (D-Olympia) explains the new bill Congress passed to overhaul the VA.

War
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Seattle Writer Recalls 'The Feelings Of The War Inside Me'

David Tucker on his Iraq deployment.
Credit Courtesy of David Tucker

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.

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Veterans
1:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From Military To Civilian: Making The Paycheck Transition

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.

Vision Of Hope
1:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wounded In Afghanistan, But Still Running

Edward Lychik was kind enough to lend a leg to Marcie.
Credit KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

On Edward Lychik's 21st birthday, his fellow troops gave him a gift.

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.

To celebrate Lychik's big day, his comrades let him ride in the rear — the convoy's last truck.

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Taliban Swap
7:21 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Sgt. Bergdahl Defends Its Support

Jane Drussel's store, Jane's Artifacts, in downtown Hailey, Idaho.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:19 am

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. 

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Post-Deployment Recovery
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans

Sgt. Kurt Erickson fishing on the Naches River as part of a Rivers of Recovery trip.
Courtesy of Kurt Erickson

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.

Rivers of Recovery, a Minnesota based nonprofit group, uses a different approach:  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.

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Memorial Day
8:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Local Veteran 'Says A Little Prayer' When Flags Are Lowered To Half-Staff

Patrick Daly served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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.

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 ordered to lower the flags for a week in memory of the victims of the tragic Oso landslide.

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Veterans Affairs
11:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

For Some Vets, Growing Old Triggers PTSD

As many as one in three older vets may experience late-onset PTSD. (John M. Cropper/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

As veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam age and enter hospice, we’re learning that some of them, who seemed totally fine all their lives, are experiencing late in life post-traumatic stress disorder.

One study shows that as many as one in three vets have experienced Late Onset Stress Symptology (LOSS).

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The Impact of War
1:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:38 pm

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 he told his story recently on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

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Paralympics
12:15 am
Fri March 7, 2014

From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

Former Marine Josh Sweeney lost both of his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. He's competing with the U.S. Men's Sled Hockey team at the Paralympics in Sochi.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 9:18 am

It might not exactly be doctor's orders, but it made perfect sense to Josh Sweeney.

"If you hit somebody, you feel a lot better," he says, making his way off the ice from a grueling practice with the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team — a sport also known as "murder ball on ice."

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Law Enforcement
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets

Flickr Photo/Al Pavangkanan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Tom Pillow, president of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, 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.

Mental Health
3:53 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans

Flickr Photo/United States Air Forces - Iraq

Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and suicidologist Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond.

Postscripts
4:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Injured Vet Uses Film To Advocate, Connect With Civilians

A still from Keith Curry's short film "Hero," starring his own son Kyler.

Keith Curry wanted to be a career soldier, but injuries he sustained while deployed to Iraq ended that future.

“So,” Curry asked himself, “how can I continue to contribute?”

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War Pilgrimage
3:42 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Back To Vietnam: One Veteran's Story

Bahia de Halong, Vietnam
Flickr Photo/fontxito

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.

Veterans Affairs
2:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

Michael Hartnett was a Marine during the Gulf War and served in Somalia. He received a bad conduct discharge for abusing drugs and alcohol. His wife, Molly, helped him turn his life around.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:19 am

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.

"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.

The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. The kick happened at Hartnett's court-martial, and finally woke him up out of the haze.

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