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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 th…

  • CRAIG REED The News-Review
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OAKLAND — For a couple of days, Tammy Smith was happy to be home in Oakland, visiting her father, a few friends and the community. She was all smiles in her role as grand marshal of Oakland’s Fourth of July parade Tuesday morning, waving to the spectators along the route that started at the …

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Organizers for the first Ride for 22 Veteran Suicide Awareness 5k are holding a series of events leading up to the 5k on July 15. The 5k serves as a way to increase public knowledge and raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Money raised at the events, and the 5k, will stay local…

  • JOHN MCDONALD For The News-Review
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A Roseburg VA Town Hall Meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 13 at the Roseburg VA Medical Center, in the auditorium in Building 16. Town halls are an opportunity for local veterans, their families and supporters to ask questions, get information and be kept updated on the most recent …

  • JOHN MCDONALD For The News-Review
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The Roseburg National Guard Armory will be holding an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature military vehicles and equipment, tours of the armory and an opportunity to meet members of Charlie Company.

  • JOHN MCDONALD Vets Viewpoint
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In my last column I gave a broad overview of some of the events being held this year. I should have mentioned that the information was subject to change because (you guessed it) some of the information changed. As you read this column, please pay special attention to the dates and times for …

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When Russ Broyles of Glide was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and overwhelming memories of war, an English lab named Dawn Marie became his lifeline.

  • JOHN MCDONALD Vets Viewpoint
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Thanks to the ongoing hard work of Lisa Gogal and event sponsor Pacific Air Comfort, “A Day of Recognition” returns to Roseburg this September. The event, which honors veterans and military service, is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Roseburg Regional Airport.

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The new president of the Douglas County Veterans Forum is driven by a desire to help others. “I’ve had a lot of good things happen in my life, and a lot of bad things,” said Larry Hill. “Thankfully, I had a number of fine mentors who taught me to reach out to people who need assistance. The …

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Thursday, July 21 will be a busy day at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The VA will host its Quarterly Remembrance Service at noon. The service honors recently deceased veterans and VA employees and volunteers. The Roseburg VA chapel is located in building 16, 913 N.W. Garden V…

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The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host its Quarterly Remembrance Service on Thursday, July 21. The noon service honors recently deceased veterans and VA employees and volunteers. The Roseburg VA chapel is located in building 16, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. You can call 541-4…

  • John McDonald For The News-Review
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On June 3, in a small ceremony attended by family, friends, and supporters, Douglas County native Megan Brodgen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Although she could have held the ceremony at her unit, the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Megan dec…

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GiGi Shannon, cemetery technician for the Roseburg National Cemetery, has helped many families work through their grief when a beloved veteran — a spouse, a son, a daughter — passes away.