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At the beginning of 2016, the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center had a difficult challenge ahead. It had the lowest possible rating — one out of a possible five stars — by internal federal VA standards. And it wanted to get better.

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While serving in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma, Cody McGraw of Portland would help connect his fellow platoon members with military deals and savings. When they asked him where to find a list of the deals, McGraw had the idea for an application that would keep an updated account of stores offeri…

  • JIM LITTLE For The News-Review
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Six years ago, American Legion members Larry Hill and I shared the story that was well known in our childhood during the period shortly after World War II, “The Four Chaplains.” We soon discovered that this important story was not well known in our community.

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It was June 2014 when a group of cancer survivors rented the Roseburg armory for a luncheon. They would bring their friends, their family, their children, and they would eat store-bought sandwiches in the drill hall.

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Arnold Ebert was already a platoon sergeant in the Army, stationed in San Francisco, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date 75 years ago.

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Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in downtown Roseburg. World War II veterans will be the grand marshals this year, and the parade will also feature a flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard.

  • JOHN MCDONALD Vet’s Viewpoint
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The holidays are approaching and bring opportunities to come together with family and friends and celebrate the bounty provided by our Creator. However, as some Douglas County residents know, the holidays can be a bitter reminder not everyone enjoys such a bounty.

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Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives Friday to create a steelhead sanctuary in Douglas County, and name it after World War II veteran and legendary fly fisherman Frank Moore of Idleyld Park.