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Roseburg Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein, left, and Capt. Jeremy Sanders, right, pose with World War II veteran John Couch to help celebrate his 100th birthday Wednesday outside Bridgewood Rivers Assisted Living in Roseburg.

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Wreaths once again adorn the graves of veterans at the Roseburg National Cemetery on Harvard Avenue and Roseburg National Cemetery Annex next to the Roseburg VA Medical Center. But this year, the annual wreath-laying ceremony has been canceled due to COVID-19.

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As the C-140’s rear landing ramp lowered down to the steel flight-line deck, the NCOIC (Non-commissioned Officer In-charge) hollered out to stay near the Da Nang Air Terminal. In my mind, I really didn’t want to get lost in an area that I had never been before, especially in a war torn count…

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Veterans Day means something different for everybody. But for the kids of Roseburg, it is about honoring those who have or are currently serving and risking their lives for our freedom.

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According to the Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, the Roseburg VA Medical Center has five active cases of COVID-19, a figure that conflicts with the Oregon Health Authority, which has reported nine.

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The number of veterans committing suicide has gone down significantly in the area served by the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2017, but there has been an uptick in calls to the VA’s crisis line since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.