Local WWII Veteran Receives Medal

EUGENE, Ore. — A former University of Oregon professor who fought in WWII has received a big honor. Lt. Col. Michael Reuter received the French Legion of Honor Medal in Eugene Wednesday. It’s given to U.S. veterans who risked their lives during WWII to fight on French territory. The 92-year-old says he’s honored so many … Continue reading »

Collaboration to End Vet Homelessness

EUGENE, Ore. — Homelessness is a problem many veterans experience locally and across the country. But, a collaboration between Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield is hoping to put fourth a housing first model, so no veteran has to live on the streets. Charles Platt is a local veteran who’s now managing a … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study showed that … Continue reading »

WWII Veteran Receives Top Honor

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene World War II veteran received a very special honor for his service Friday–one that the French consul says is overdue. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as 94-year-old Fred Selko was awarded the Chevalier Legion of Honor. It’s the highest honor given by the French government for military … Continue reading »

Giant Flag Damaged by Winter Storm

SPRINGFIELD, Ore — A Springfield veteran, who is the proud owner of an impression American flag collection, says one of his largest flags was badly damaged by the recent ice storm. Jim Dobson owns Cascade Auto on 38th and Main Street, and what’s usually flying in front of his shop gets a lot of attention. … Continue reading »

Albany American Legion Asking For Help

ALBANY, Ore. — A new building now sits where an American Legion post in Albany burned to the ground three and a half years ago, but the construction costs are cutting into the nonprofit’s charity work. Now, the organization is reaching out to the public for help. The American Legion Post 10 says its goal … Continue reading »

Veteran Protests Govt. Shutdown

CORVALLIS, Ore. – It’s week two of the government shutdown, and veterans are wondering if their monthly pensions will be delayed. One veteran spent Wednesday morning in front of the Benton County Courthouse, urging the public to take action by contacting legislators to reach an agreement regarding the nation’s budget. Donald Poole, an Air Force … Continue reading »

Veterans Reflect on 9/11 Anniversary

EUGENE, Ore. — For many community members, Wednesday was day to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. For many local vets, the 9/11 attack drastically changed their lives. As flags around the city flew at half-staff, many people who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan say they celebrate their freedom and use September … Continue reading »

Veterans Line Up For Free Glasses

EUGENE, Ore — A group of veterans lined up outside of the local VFW hall Wednesday for a free eye check up.  It’s all part of a mobile health clinic that travels around the country offering Veterans free eye exams with the help of a local optometrist. The clinic expected to see around 30 veterans … Continue reading »