December 9, 2016

This Week at VA #8: Alfred Rodrigues – Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Episode eight brings us Navy Veteran Alfred Rodrigues. He’s affectionately called “Uncle Al” around the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Uncle Al was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7th, 1941. We caught up with Uncle Al and talked to him about his service.

Covered in Episode Eight:

WWII Navy Vet finds friend Interview with Navy Veteran Alfred Rodrigues Al’s decision to join the military. Pearl Harbor attacks Serving during
December 8, 2016

“Got Your Six” throw party

The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.

December 8, 2016

VA national cemeteries now offering pre-need eligibility determinations

VA announced today that it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

“MyVA is about looking at VA from the Veterans’ perspective, and then doing everything we can to make the Veteran Experience effective and seamless,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “This

December 8, 2016

Eureka! VA doctors use secure web-based tool to better serve Veterans

Veterans!  We wanted you to know about an easy-to-use tool that VA doctors and staff have to make your health care more efficient and better coordinated.

VA’s Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) is a web-based tool that can save both you and your health care provider a lot of time. A feature of JLV gives VA doctors access to some of your non-VA health care records digitally, which is great for you. Your health care providers

December 8, 2016

Eugene WWII veteran inducted into Veterans of Foreign Wars

SPRINGFIELD — Ralph Kephart of Eugene looked at two photographs Wednesday as he sat in the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Springfield.

December 7, 2016

Veterans group donates to family in tough time

Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit discovered disabled Army veteran Jim Joyce and his family recently moved from Hawaii and needed some help.

December 7, 2016

Veterans Affairs needs volunteers for Wreaths Across America

"Southern Oregon is very veteran oriented. I think that it's really cool when the people of Southern Oregon step up and show appreciation for their ...

December 7, 2016

Salem man who died at Pearl Harbor identified

Rob Sederstrom spent days one summer visiting a cemetery nicknamed the Punchbowl while studying for his CPA exam years ago in Honolulu. He found solace there, being able to pay respect to an uncle he never met but considered a hero,. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific has been the resting place for most of the 429 sailors and Marines who were killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor, including

December 6, 2016 adds disability compensation claim status feature

There’s a common misperception that VA-and-DoD’s eBenefits web portal is singularly synonymous with “checking your claim.” Although claim status is one of several dozen features on eBenefits, it’s also one whose implementation many Vets felt could be improved.

Enter, the VA’ transaction-based website. Yes, you will now be able to track the progress of your disability compensation claim online at

Let’s back up, though, to address on question: Why?

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