December 20, 2016

A funny thing happened on the way to Algiers

It’s like a scene from an old movie. Maybe something Humphrey Bogart would star in.

In 1943, four World War II soldiers from Wallowa County, serving in different units, accidentally meet each other on the streets of Algiers in north Africa. Those soldiers spend one day together: reminiscing, posing for a street artist caricature and spending the evening in a bar.

But this is not the scene from Casablanca. It’s a real-life incident that happened to four

December 15, 2016

One local business surprises a veteran’s widow with bathroom remodel

HERMISTON, OR – Today, a local company gave a woman in Hermiston an early Christmas present just days after her husband unexpectedly passed away. 

Nora Costin and her husband Ken have been married for 63 years. As a veteran, Ken was applicable for a $2,000 HISA grant through the VA, and he was going to use that money to remodel his bathroom so it could be safe and functional.

However, Ken unexpectedly passed away ten days ago, so

December 13, 2016

EOU earns military rankings

Photo by Laura Hancock / EOU

EOU ranks among best schools for military, veteran education News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585

LA GRANDE, Ore. December 13, 2016 – Three new independent guides for military friendly colleges and universities include Eastern Oregon University among the top-rated schools for military and veteran students.

Military Advanced Education and Transition (MAE&T) designated EOU as a Top School in their 2017 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

Released this month, the

December 10, 2016

Veterans donate to Help Them To Hope

The Ontario Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5452 has donated $250 worth of food to Help Them To Hope. Harvey Hatfield, post commander, and Don Ristow, Quarter Master, said this was the third year the post has donated to Help…

November 28, 2016

Veteran’s daughter grateful for support after Facebook post

A local family is feeling thankful after an inquiry on social media resulted in a deluge of offers for help.

Kimberly Harting of Hermiston said hundreds of people wrote her with kind words and offers of free flags or other help after she asked who she could call to help her father, Larry Hatle of Umatilla, replace the weathered American flag he flies in his yard along with a Marine Corps flag.

Harting said she had noticed

November 23, 2016

American Legion meets monthly in Hermiston

Veterans from all eras and members of  American Legion Post 37 are encouraged to attend its monthly meetings.

They meet the first Monday of each month at 7 a.m. at the Hermiston VFW Hall ,45 W. Cherry Ave.

Chartered by Congress in 1919, the American Legion provides service to veterans, current military personnel and the communities in which they reside. The nonprofit organization is committed to advocating patriotism, mentoring youth and supporting worthwhile community programs, including American

November 21, 2016

Community feasts offered to everyone

Grant County residents have options this Thanksgiving. If you don’t feel like cooking or paying for that big meal, there are free community Thanksgiving dinners in both John Day and Prairie City.

In Prairie City, it’s happening at the PBC Teen Center sponsored by Prairie Baptist Church. It’ll be a traditional Thanksgiving meal at 1 p.m. this Thursday.

In John Day, it’ll be at the Elks Lodge from 1 until 4 p.m. The lounge will

November 21, 2016

Veterans service officer joins Umatilla County

A new face has joined the Umatilla County human services department to help local veterans access resources such as filing disability claims, pensions and other benefits.

Jennifer Olson was hired Oct. 17 from the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Walla Walla. As assistant veterans service officer, it is Olson’s job to work with the 1,800 veterans in Umatilla County and make sure they are aware of tools and programs available in the community.

“A lot of

November 15, 2016

National Veteran organization chapter comes to Southeastern Washington