Rep. Rick Larsen to host veterans forum in Lynnwood Oct. 4

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a veterans forum from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in Lynnwood. The forum will be at the Verdant Health Center, 4710 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. It’s an opportunity for veterans to receive updates on legislation affecting them and get answers to questions about the Department of Veterans Affairs, health care, job training…

Larsen, DelBene to host Veterans History Project at Everett Library Aug. 19

U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene are encouraging veterans to tell their stories as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. On Monday, Aug. 19, trained volunteers will interview veterans who served during wartime at the Everett Public Library from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Veteran interviews will be at least 30 minutes long. All veterans interested…

Korean War veterans invited to luncheon to receive Ambassador for Peace Medal

If you served in the Korean War, you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. The medal is a commemorative one from the Korean government that honors American service men and women who served in the Korean War. The Ambassador for Peace Medal was first presented to veterans as a special memento…

From USA Today: How to talk to veterans on Memorial Day — and every day

Thanks to Edmonds resident Bob Rinehart for suggesting we share this video from USA Today, as we approach Memorial Day. In this video clip, war reporter Sebastian Junger and Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes discuss how to talk to soldiers returning from combat. Junger and Marlantes explore the challenges of war and coming home in their…

Happening nearby: New veterans resource center now open in Lynnwood

A new Veterans One-Stop Resource Center has opened in Lynnwood to serve veterans and their families. The center will be staffed by local professionals who are available to help with referrals to Veterans Affairs, medical and employment assistance and career transitions. The Veterans One-Stop Resource Center will open every Tuesday and the first Wednesday of…

Larsen bill would help veterans with disabilities start families

Veterans who sustained injuries during their military service that prevent them from conceiving children will get access to advanced fertility treatments and adoption assistance if Congress passes a bill announced today by 2nd District Rep. Rick Larsen. Larsen announced the bill in advance of Veterans Day. The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of…

VFW Post 8870 announces annual student essay contest

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 is sponsoring its Annual Student Essay Contest, which is open for students residing within the Edmonds and Mukilteo School Districts. Students attending private schools or being home-schooled are eligible to enter the contest. The Youth Essay Program is for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. The essay, not to exceed…

Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In many communities across the nation, Friday Sept. 18, 2015 will be observed as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and appropriate ceremonies will be conducted to honor American’s who have returned from their ordeals as Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Americans who are listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and still unaccounted for. Sadly, for…

Military Wire: More than 300,000 veterans died waiting on VA health care

As many Americans paused last week to reflect on the events that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, when close to 3,000 lives were lost, veterans were once again reminded of the sacrifices many of their brothers and sisters have made — off the battle field — waiting on VA health care…

Rep. Larsen talks veteran issues at Mountlake Terrace Senior Center

Traffic jams related to high winds and power outages delayed the start of Congressman Rick Larsen’s town hall meeting for veterans Saturday at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, but when he arrived he was greeted with a filled room and many questions about veterans issues. Larsen, a Second District congressman who sits on the House…

Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work,…

Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell…

Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A…

Military Wire: Trade secrets on how one master’s program attracts veterans

Despite the uptick in veteran employment, a considerable number of veterans and their family members are still choosing to pursue a college degree. More than half of veterans who began using their GI Bill benefits between 2002 and 2010 went on to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by June 2013. This is good news,…

Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

The knock at the door was expected, but what was in the briefcase was not. American hero Dave Bronson fought in the Iraq war and ended up losing his leg during combat. The producer wanted to do a documentary. And like many veterans, Dave wants to provide for his growing family, but is facing serious…

Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday

A number of Memorial Day events are being held on Monday in Mountlake Terrace and nearby cities. Mountlake Terrace’s American Legion S. Al Wilcox Post 234 presents a Memorial Day event to honor Vietnam War Veterans from 2-4 p.m., Monday, May 25. The special guest speaker will be Vic Mills, Author of SNAFU. There will…

American Legion hosts Memorial Day event to honor Vietnam War Veterans on Monday

The American Legion S. Al Wilcox Post 234 presents a Memorial Day event to honor Vietnam War Veterans from 2-4 p.m., Monday, May 25. The special guest speaker will be Vic Mills, Author of SNAFU. There will be food, music, exhibits, videos and prizes. Free admission for Vietnam Veterans and their families. Admission for others…