December 27, 2016

How to file a Notice of Disagreement on your VA compensation claim

If you disagree with the decision VA made on your disability compensation claim, your first step is to formally tell VA that you disagree. I received […]
December 26, 2016

US Marine veteran found herself homeless

Before moving to Oregon, Hughes was retired and living in Denver, Colo. … Veteran’s Affairs peer support specialist Jonathan Harkness said homeless veterans … “We have […]
December 26, 2016

No G.I. Bill for Ore. Marine reservists deployed to Honduras

CORVALLIS — When Marine Corps reservist Daniel Ha was offered the chance to take part in a humanitarian mission to Honduras, he was excited for the […]
December 24, 2016

Historical military and patriotic events on Christmas day

It was about 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, and there were about 2,400 soldiers huddled together in three separate areas along the half-frozen river. Tired from […]
December 23, 2016

Coast Guard veteran dies, but not without support from strangers

Myron Wilkes needed more than a little holiday cheer when he contacted me a few weeks ago from his bed at Oregon Health Sciences University.
December 23, 2016

Central Point home built to suit wounded veteran’s needs

The U.S. Marine Corps’ motto of “semper fidelis” — “always faithful” — is playing out in Southern Oregon, where local volunteers and businesses are partnering with […]
December 23, 2016

A meal worthy of heroes

For those who have given so much for country and community, it was a rare opportunity for them to be served for once, as a sign […]
December 23, 2016

When will Santa Claus get to Lake Oswego?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re naughty or nice — everyone wants to know what time Santa will be arriving in Lake Oswego on Saturday night. Fortunately, […]
December 22, 2016

Army deserter facing murder, may be in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — US Marshals sent an alert for the public to be on the lookout for a US Army deserter charged with murder who may be in Oregon.

John Tufton Blauvelt allegedly murdered his estranged wife, Catherine, on October 24 in South Carolina. The 28-year-old is an active-duty Army recruiter who is now considered a deserter.

Investigators learned Blauvelt left South Carolina with a 17-year-old girl, who was safely found in Eugene on