Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans

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A state lawmaker from Eugene who served in Afghanistan describes the events unfolding there as “heartbreaking.”


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Oregon lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would limit the use of military surplus items by local law enforcement agencies.


Vietnam War Memorial Fund

Oregon lawmakers got a tour of the proposed site of a memorial honoring Vietnam War veterans Tuesday.


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Student veterans at 14 Oregon public colleges will get support for transitioning to higher education. 

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A state commission is advising against displaying Confederate flags in historic Oregon cemeteries.

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The topic of displaying Confederate flags in historic Oregon cemeteries will be addressed in a meeting later this month.


The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs says the coronavirus has claimed a fourth person at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon.

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The coronavirus pandemic has hit a Veterans’ Home in Lebanon hard. Monday , the Oregon Health Authority announced a 2nd death there to COVID-19, and there are more than 30 positive cases among the residents and staff. But, people from all over are sending messages of comfort.

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As relations between the U.S. and Iran waver, Eugene protesters gathered downtown Thursday calling for peace, not war. This comes after President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Iran is “standing down.”

Vietnam War Memorial Fund

The Oregon State Capitol grounds could be home to a Vietnam War Memorial by 2022. Supporters of the project unveiled their proposal  Tuesday in Salem.

Hamlin Middle School Assembly Honors Veterans

Nov 8, 2019
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Nearly 700 Hamlin Middle School students attended an assembly Wednesday to honor veterans. During the event, students learned about soldier’s contributions and sacrifices.

Roseburg VA Health Care System

Veterans will now have greater access to healthcare in southwestern Oregon.

Women veterans lag behind men when it comes to signing up for their benefits, according to a state official.

Oregon Names June 12th as Women Veterans Day

Jun 10, 2019
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

Oregon governor Kate Brown designated June 12th a statewide observance of women veterans. Oregon is now the fourth state to officially acknowledge women’s contributions to the U.S. military.

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Of the 317,000 veterans in Oregon, 3900 are Native American.  Historically, the First Nations have enlisted at higher rates than any other demographic, despite not being recognized as U.S. citizens until 1924. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, native veterans in Oregon and across the nation are striving for more recognition and support.

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More than 70 years after he served in World War II, a Eugene-area veteran, former spy, and retired English professor has received Congressional recognition.

NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about his job and some of the stories he's covering. He is in Eugene for a public talk Wednesday evening at 7:00 at the UO Knight Library.

The Roseburg Veterans Administration Medical Center has hired a new permanent director. 

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A signed agreement has let the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation launch its first veteran service office. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it extends an initiative between the Governor’s Office and Oregon’s tribal governments.

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Governor Kate Brown is responding to today’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed restrictions on transgender personnel in the military.  

Melorie Begay

About a dozen people gathered in the rain to honor Major Thomas Egan, tonight. It’s been ten years since the homeless veteran’s death, and organizers say more needs to be done for people like him. 

Karen Richards


Several Eugene-area groups have extended Veterans Day celebrations beyond November 11th.


Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs

Every three days, an Oregon veteran commits suicide. The problem has reached critical mass, prompting the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Governor Kate Brown to make veteran suicide prevention a top priority.

860 homeless veterans have found housing since 2014 through a collaborative effort in Lane County. The goal is to house all veterans in the community.

Rachael McDonald

The new interim Director of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Health Care system held a town hall this week on the Medical Center campus. This comes as the VA Office of the Medical Inspector prepares to release a full report on its investigation into complaints of bullying and a “toxic culture” at the facility.

The Director of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Roseburg, Doug Paxton, has stepped down. He’s the 2nd high profile resignation since a VA investigation of mismanagement at the facility.

The chief of surgery for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has stepped down. The VA is investigating allegations of problems at its Roseburg and Eugene facilities.

City of Springfield

Last month, the city of Springfield unveiled a new memorial that’s dedicated to women veterans. It’s one of only a handful of monuments across the nation that honors women in the U.S. military. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with two veterans who helped create the memorial.

Recorded On: November 10, 2017

Air Date: November 13, 2017

In Lane County there are approximately 30,000 military veterans. Public support for veterans is high. Oregon voters recently approved a measure to increase funding for veteran’s services, and the Veterans Administration opened a new facility locally: the VA Eugene Healthcare Center on Chad Drive. As a new group of veterans from wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan transition back to civilian life, they face a different set of challenges. What does this mean for Lane County veterans?

Rachael McDonald

Friday, The City of Springfield will unveil a new monument honoring women veterans. It’s part of the city’s 5-year public art project.