Local Mental Health Treatment Resources

EUGENE, Ore. — For some veterans, it can be mentally challenging to adjust to civilian life after military experience. Student vets at the University of Oregon say the mental health between veterans vary; some are just fine while others need the help, but not all people know about resources out there that can help. For … Continue reading »

Women Veterans Conference in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Set-up is under way for the seventh bi-annual Oregon Women Veterans Conference in Eugene. The event begins Friday, March 28 at the Eugene Hilton and lasts through Saturday. Event organizers say they’re expecting 370 female vets to attend from all over the state of Oregon. The conference features workshops on employment, benefits, … Continue reading »

Bill Aids Kids in Military Families

SALEM, Ore. — A new measure could bring some relief to kids in military families who have to move every few years. Oregon lawmakers say moving around so often brings challenges to the kids, relating to school enrollment and graduating on time. A bill passed in early March creates certain rules to make sure those … Continue reading »

Military Death Benefits Bill Passes

(CNN) — The Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday to restore death benefits to military families. Benefits were cut almost two weeks ago due to the government shutdown. The bill was approved by the House on Wednesday and is one in a series of House Republican bills passed to reopen parts of the government. Senate Democrats … Continue reading »

Company Offers Instant Military Discount

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene-based company is making it easier for military families to get special deals for Memorial Day weekend. Usually to get a student or military discount, one has to show a form of physical identification to retailers. But the company SheerID verifies identification instantly during checkout when shopping online. SheerID teamed up … Continue reading »

Soldiers Say Goodbye to Loved Ones

EUGENE, Ore. — Emotions were high at the deployment ceremony for the 971st Transportation Detachment Saturday. “Soldiers do your job knowing that we care,” said Norm Hoffman, retired Brigadier General. The army unit of 20 soldiers not only had the support of their family and friends, but the Patriot Guard Riders, a national group of … Continue reading »

Family Supports Soldier Memorial Signs

  The families of two fallen soldiers from western Oregon are trying to get parts of Highway 34 named after their loved ones. Lance Cpl. Tyler Troyer of Tangent and Spc. Eric McKinley of Philomath both lost their lives in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. Troyer’s family members say it would be an extreme honor … Continue reading »

LCSO Gets Armored Vehicles

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County sheriff’s deputies have been using military vehicles at some crime scenes. Just last week, the LCSO executed three search warrants using the vehicles. The sheriff’s office says it’s had the vehicles for a couple of years now, but people have begun taking notice of them out at crime scenes. The … Continue reading »

Veteran’s Wife Creates Care Packages

EUGENE, Ore. — The numbers are alarming. According to the Department of Defense, in 2012 the U.S. military suicide rate grew 15 percent. But it’s not just veterans who are suffering. A veteran’s wife who’s drawn on her own experience is now offers support for others. Kati De’Atley world is a mother of two and … Continue reading »

Florence Military Museum Gets New Look

FLORENCE, Ore. — The Oregon Coast Military Museum in Florence has a new look. This weekend volunteers put siding on the Florence museum. The project is a few years along. Organizers collected $150,000 in donations to get it up and running, but they’re still short about $60,000. “I think it’s going to be a great … Continue reading »