Ross Reynolds speaks with film maker Don Sellers and Karen Matsumoto, the daughter of World War II hero Roy Matsumoto.
Roy Matsumoto enlisted in the army to get out of a Japanese American internment camp. He went on to serve as a translator for the Merrill’s Marauders behind enemy lines in the Burma and won a medal for outstanding bravery.
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.
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.
Ross Reynolds talks with Caryn Andrews, Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve co-founder, about her group's complaints over the military planes that fly low and register at over 110 decibels. Reynolds also speaks with Captain Michael Nortier from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station about the military's response and why they won't be moving the planes anytime soon.
The Pentagon is working on a prison transfer for convicted WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who has requested hormone therapy. The plan would allow Manning to serve time in a civilian prison, where such therapy is available.
Manning's first name was Bradley when the soldier made headlines for sending a trove of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Anna Friedman, a tattoo historian and researcher, about the long history of tattoos in the military. The U.S. Army recently announced new restrictions on the size and placement of soldiers' tattoos.
Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye awards Spc. Kyle White the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007. The CIB is awarded to Infantry or Special Forces Soldiers who actively engage in ground combat with the enemy.