Normandy marks D-Day’s 79th anniversary, honors World War II veterans
World War II veterans, officials and visitors are commemorating D-Day on the beaches of Normandy to honor those who fought for freedom in the largest naval, air and land operation in history.
VA says it’s back on track to end veteran homelessness
An 11 percent drop in veteran homelessness since 2020 is the biggest reduction in five years. The Biden Administration says it's aiming to reduce all homelessness 25 percent by 2025.
Free dental insurance now available to many Oregon veterans
A new Oregon program offering dental insurance for veterans launches this month — and state officials say they have funding to serve about 10 times more veterans than have enrolled so far.
Weekday Wrap: Oregon seeks help drafting psilocybin rules; housing Clark County’s homeless women veterans; Goonies house in Astoria for sale
In other news, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will reassign Portland bureaus to City Council members and mussel harvesting reopens along Oregon Coast.
Oregon WWII veteran helped liberate Philippines, recalls great uncle’s Civil War stories
World War II veteran Ray Lincoln Puckett was born on Feb. 12, 1925, a birthday he shares with President Lincoln, his namesake. Puckett’s great-uncle, Ezekiel J. Sankey, shared stories of his experience as a Union soldier during the Civil War when Puckett was in grade school.
Oregonians use green light bulbs to show support for veterans
Oregonians are being encouraged to show their support for veterans by changing one of their light bulbs to shine green.
New Memorial on the National Mall honors Native veterans who served the nation
Native American veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., this Veterans Day to unveil a memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian.
New dental program bridges gap for Oregon veterans without oral health care
Veterans who don’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan can start applying for a state-funded dental program that began Nov. 1.
Portland VA, OHSU study finds social media outreach can help enroll veterans’ loved ones in suicide prevention training
One of the ways the VA attempts to lower veteran suicide rates is by training veterans’ loved ones to recognize the signs of suicidal ideation and how to respond. New research from the Portland VA Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University found that social media outreach can help friends and family of veterans enroll in that training.
Supporters of Oregon bill to address unclaimed veterans remains will try again
The bill would direct county governments to work with mortuaries to identify unclaimed remains of veterans and start the process to arrange for burial in a national cemetery.