VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns

(CNN) — Eric Shinseki has resigned as Veterans Affairs Secretary. President Obama made the announcement after a closed door meeting Friday morning. Just one hour before, though, Shinseki apologized and announced changes and recognized the extent of problems in the VA system. He apologized to veterans and congress fro not recognizing the issues earlier, but … Continue reading »

VA Officials Under Fire from House

(CNN) — It is still unclear whether three top officials at Veterans Affairs will show up for a House hearing Wednesday night. Lawmakers want to grill them about reports of excessively long treatment delays at VA Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. and other VA medical facilities. Last week, the VA’s office of Inspector General said it … Continue reading »

President Speaks About VA Hospitals

(CNN) — American’s are remembering the nation’s fallen heroes today. These are the men and women who have given their lives in defense of the nation. There are Memorial day ceremonies happening across the country. President Obama participated in a wreath laying ceremony and delivered a speech at Arlington National Cemetery today. During his remarks … Continue reading »

Local Veterans Honored with Quilts

MEDFORD, Ore. — Quilts of Valor is a national non-profit, made up of volunteers who give their time and energy to make beautiful quilts for service men and women. Friday, 4 southern Oregon veterans received quilts from the local chapter of the foundation. 15 to 20 people make the quilts in our area, and each … Continue reading »

House Approves Veterans Affairs Bill

(CNN) — There is now less job security at the Department of Veterans Affairs after the House approved a bill earlier this morning. This bill makes it easier to demote or fire executives. Right now, Senior officials get at least a months notice about a possible firing and have an option to appeal. The bill … Continue reading »

VA to Open After Norovirus Outbreak

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The VA SORCC will open its doors for business again on Thursday, March 13 after a norovirus outbreak. The outbreak caught VA officials’ attention last Wednesday and they immediately took steps to cancel appointments and close the facility to patients until it was resolved. The facility will continue to take extra … Continue reading »

125 Veterans Sick With Norovirus

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Wednesday, veterans could be seen crossing Crater Lake Highway to grab a cup of coffee or go to the convenience store. Along the way, each one was talking about the Norovirus and some even said Wednesday was the first day they were feeling better after first feeling symptoms on Saturday. While … Continue reading »

SORCC Has Norovirus Outbreak

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC) has notified us that it is experiencing an outbreak of the Norovirus and therefore is restricting access to the SORCC. The illness has a 24-hour incubation period and is contagious 48-72 hours after symptoms have stopped, which is why the SORCC needs to … Continue reading »

Quilts for Local Soldiers and Vets

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene woman is quilting her way into the hearts and minds of local veterans and their families. Bobbie Sanford is her name and she’s the coordinator for the west central Oregon chapter of the organization, Quilts of Valor. She’s only been involved for about two years but the number of quilts … Continue reading »

Shut Down Not Impacting Local Cemetery

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — About 37,000 people are buried at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, including the three people laid to rest Wednesday. Burials will continue as scheduled during the government shut down because their positions have been considered essential. In addition to burials, the “Raise and Realign” project will also continue. For several months … Continue reading »

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