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  • Long Lines
  • Long Lines

    The Spokane VA hospital faces "further review" as officials take on lengthy wait lists
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess

    A military mother dedicates her life to serving those who served
      As several white-haired veterans file into the dining room, Keirsten Hess kneels to greet each one, crouching down beside their wheelchairs to offer hugs and whisper warm welcomes into their ears.
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  • Forgotten Generation
  • Forgotten Generation

    America needs to bring back a broad-based investment in human capital, like we did with the G.I. Bill
      I recently enjoyed lunch in Seattle with a former student I hadn’t seen in several years.
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  • Into the Breach
  • Into the Breach

    A soldier’s view on last week’s announcement that women have the right to fight
      When the meal was over, she found another diner had covered her tab. “It’s crazy,” she says. “Everyday, people roll down their windows and say, ‘Thank you.’” She isn’t quite sure what to make of it, but is grateful for their respect.
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  • Invisible Wounds
  • Invisible Wounds

    For veterans, the war continues long after they’ve left the battlefield
      As his loved ones dashed to their cars

      and the police fielded 911 calls about a despondent man at a cemetery, Ed Pace sat on a bluff overlooking the Spokane River, an iPhone and a Smith &Wesson .44-caliber pistol in his hands.
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  • Ask and Tell
  • Ask and Tell

    On Sept. 20, soldiers can legally disclose they're gay. And a Spokane woman is one reason why.
      She had served for 18 years. Her record was exemplary — a year earlier she earned an Air Force commendation medal for saving someone’s life. So when, in July of 2004, Margaret Witt, a reserve flight-nurse from Spokane, was escorted to the commander’s conference room to speak with an investigator, she was still smiling.
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  • Rescue from Above
  • Rescue from Above

    What was really going on when the helicopters started flying over my campsite?
      With the leg stabilized, Poole’s son found a “big broken-off slab of tree. We shoved that underneath him. … We wanted him level so his leg wasn’t below his heart.” They hung some tarp for shade, and Poole allowed Beam a bit of water — not too much, though, because Poole knew Beam was headed to surgery.
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  • Soldier's Story
  • Soldier's Story

    A new court-based program helps veterans with PTSD and other wounds of war
      LaDeitrich Jones remembers the sweat, especially on his palms. He remembers the adrenaline, feeling his heart beat hard inside his chest, under his brown camo fatigues.
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  • The Homefront
  • The Homefront

    Patty Murray meets with local vets about the challenges of returning home.
      Among the topics that emerged locally: DD Form 214: This is the official record of completed military service that is needed in order to apply for many veterans’ services from health care to burial in a military cemetery. It’s supposed to be presented upon discharge but many people at the VFW post told Murray of delays ranging as long as half a year.
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  • Re-Entry
  • Re-Entry

    It takes a whole community to help a soldier heal
      Ogle shepherds fellow warriors toward whatever help they need in an organization that relies heavily on volunteers.
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