Local Veterans Deal with Backlog

MEDFORD, Ore. — Many veterans in Southern Oregon are stuck in a backlog of V.A. claims as they continue to feel the effects of their combat injuries. Those veterans are finding themselves in a waiting game as checks are delayed and bills pile up. The V.A. has said it’s been working harder to reduce those … Continue reading »

VA to Cut into Veterans Claims Backlog

MEDFORD, Ore. – With more soldiers returning home from war with new and unique types of injuries, it’s taking longer for veterans to receive disability benefits. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mandating overtime hours to cut through the backlog. That backlog has reached an estimated 830,000 veterans nationwide. Locally, Jackson County Veteran Services … Continue reading »

Marine Returns Lost Purple Heart

MEDFORD, Ore. – Retired Marine Roger Balbo said he knew exactly what he had to do when he discovered a lost Purple Heart medal. “I knew that medal had to be with the family.” His discovery put him on a journey to honor a fallen World War II soldier. The medal belonged to Seaman First … Continue reading »

Out & About: August 23, 2012

It’s a rich slice of Americana as seen through the eyes of folk-singer Woody Guthrie. Camelot Theatre in Talent presents “Woody Guthrie’s American Song”. Follow Guthrie as he travels from the dust bowl to California and east to New York City, telling stories in word and song about the people he meets along the way. … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Honors Veterans

By Sharon Ko EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Events across Southern Oregon celebrated the men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country. While many community members remembered veterans through a private way, others did so through larger events. Over 2,000 people gathered at the National Cemetery in Eagle Point. Family members of the military … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Veterans React To NATO Protest

By Bryan Navarro ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The protest at Sunday’s NATO meeting was emotionally charged as recent veterans symbolically, and angrily returned their service medals. Outside of the NATO conference, veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan protested by dramatically returning their medals, throwing them on the ground. It was about 45 veterans … Continue reading »