National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held Friday, Sept. 15. The National League of POW/MIA Families notes that “the annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.” Local POW/MIA events are held around the country, with a national ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

More than 83,000 personnel of the United States are still unaccounted for around the world from past wars and conflicts, and this is a topic that resonates strongly in the veteran community. Thankfully, Representative Sam Johnson of Texas introduced a resolution in Congress in February to intensify federal efforts and bring peace to the families of our missing brothers and sisters in arms.

Locally, a private lunch and recognition ceremony will be held for POWs/MIAs, including a presentation of locally-made quilts, and other honors. Although this event has already been arranged, if you are interested in helping with next year’s event, please let me know.

A Death Benefits Seminar will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Communal Shelter at Roseburg National Cemetery on the Roseburg VA Campus. Although normally held at night in the auditorium, the time and location were changed to give more people an opportunity to attend, provide people an opportunity to get a feel for the area and to see the headstone symbols some have chosen.

The Communal Shelter is located at the north end of the cemetery along the circular drive.

Topics covered will include information on end-of-life planning, funeral services, locations for remains, death benefits, burial processes, funeral home details, hospice and more. Light refreshments will be provided.

The 2017 Roseburg Stand Down is Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Roseburg VA Auditorium in Building 16. The event provides an opportunity for homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness to receive assistance in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. The help and resources includes haircuts, dental assistance, legal advice, housing assistance, donated Department of Defense gear, claims assistance and more.

If you know a homeless veteran, or a veteran at risk of homelessness, please encourage them to attend. If you have the time to spare, consider volunteering, as well. People are needed as escorts, snacks providers and more.

For more information, contact Carol Hunt at 503-504-8198.

The Douglas County Veterans Day Parade is just two months away. This year’s parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 11. This year’s theme is “Honoring Military Animal Handlers.” If you’ve never been in a parade, I encourage you to participate — it is an experience like no other.

If you are interested in participating, check-in is at 8 a.m., judging at 9 a.m., and the parade begins at 11 a.m.. Make a float, drive a vehicle, or just walk the route with your friends and wave flags. Just keep in mind that the parade is to honor veterans and military service. Parade rules are listed with the application form.

Application forms are available on the Douglas County website at Click the link on the left for the “Veterans Day Parade”, and you’ll see a link to the application. Deadline for parade entry applications is Tuesday, October 31.

God bless our veterans and God bless America.

Do you have information of interest to Douglas County veterans? Contact John McDonald at or 541-580-6178. He is a combat veteran with more than 18 years of military service and serves in the Oregon National Guard. John is also a member of the Douglas County Veterans Forum, the Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee, the Patrick W. Kelley VFW Post 2468 and the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post 16.

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Was there a local phone number given in the article? I didn't see one.

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