Veterans

Arik Grant

Arik Grant was serving a tour of duty in the early years of the Iraq War when he started sketching cartoons of life on the base and posting them in the chow hall. A decade later, Arik pulled out his comics and re-inked them in color. Today, he uses this medium to share his and his fellow soldiers' experiences at war and coming home with a wry humor influenced by M*A*S*H. 

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

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IDAHO STATE LEGISLATURE

Former state lawmaker Marv Hagedorn will soon assume the lead of the state's Division of Veterans Services and he joins Tuesday's Idaho Mattersto talk about the programs helping Idaho's veteran population.

Idaho State Legislature

Republican state Sen. Marv Hagedorn started his public service in the Navy. Now, he’ll help others who have served in the military in his new role as administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. The Meridian lawmaker will start his new job at the end of July.

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This weekend, the skies above Boise will hum with the drone a B-17 Flying Fortress. 

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A documentary detailing two Iraq War veterans' tribulations upon returning to the U.S. from combat is showing Friday evening at Boise State.

'Almost Sunrise' follows Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson as they walk across the country to find themselves and process the experience of war. 

The film's director, Michael Collins, spoke with our Matt Guilhem before his trip to Boise.

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Wednesday evening, St. Luke's Men's Health Clinic is hosting a motivational speaker at Boise State University. Travis Mills has a New York Times bestseller and loads of confidence. But what he doesn’t have is a key part of the story.

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On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to carry oil underneath a section of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

For months, this has been the site of protests, led by members of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. In the days leading up to the decision, military veterans joined the protest, including several from Idaho.

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An obscure yet fascinating museum in Idaho is looking for a new home and, perhaps, a sponsor.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Richard Le Francis runs the Pappy Boyington Veterans Museum in Hayden with a couple colleagues. Boyington was a World War II flying ace and Medal of Honor winner who was born in Coeur d'Alene.

As part of Veterans Day, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa is holding a symposium Saturday on women in the military.

2016 is the Year of the Woman for Idaho’s military, both currently serving and veterans. Last week's Veterans Day parade in Boise was dedicated to woman.

Amethyst Keaten is a Senior Master Sergeant in the Idaho Air National Guard. She says women don’t make up a large percentage of her branch, the Air Force, but they have a big impact.

Federal officials say they've purchased 8 acres in south-central Idaho to establish a national cemetery.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration announced Tuesday that it bought the property in Buhl from a private owner for $51,250.

Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters in a statement says the new cemetery will help the agency reach veterans in rural parts of Idaho.

The cemetery is being developed as part of the National Cemetery Administration Rural Initiative program.

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A group that helps wounded veterans climb mountains says a 30-year-old Boise native has become the first combat wounded veteran to summit Mount Everest.

The Heroes Project announced Thursday that retired U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville reached the 29,029-foot summit at 10:22 a.m. Mountain Time.

The group says it was the third attempt to reach the summit by the Boise High School graduate after previous tries in 2014 and 2015.

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The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa has been recording the stories of Idaho veterans for more than a decade. It’s part of the Library of Congress and its Veterans History Project.

Each veteran tells their story on video as a way to preserve the history of their service in their own words. Now the museum has gone a step further, with a new book that captures those stories in pictures and print.

A group of residents in northern Idaho lined outside a U.S. Navy veteran's house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man's weapons.

Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott says the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.

Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler says he and his deputies will stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold's guns.

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