Veterans

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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.

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.

And then she bought her first chickens.

"A lot of people call chickens the gateway animal," says Creech, who lives in rural North Salem, Ind. "Like once you have a chicken on the farm, then you end up getting sheep on the farm, and then you end up getting horses, and cows. And then it just explodes from there."

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In a survey released by Republican Sen. Mike Crapo's office a third of more than 1,000 Idaho veterans who responded say they're unhappy with health care through the Veterans Administration.

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An Idaho Navy veteran, who wanted to be buried with her late wife, will get her wish.

The Spokesman-Review’s Eye on Boise blog reports the head of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery says there’s no longer a reason to keep the two apart. Madelynn Taylor has her wife Jean Mixner's ashes. She wanted to set up arrangements to have her ashes interred with Mixner's at the cemetery in Boise.

A U.S. Navy veteran is suing after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.

Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery.

The couple was legally married in California in 2008, but cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho state law doesn't recognize their marriage.

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In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' medical scandal that's forced patients to wait for care, a new audit shows Boise’s VA Medical Center scored well in some areas, and not so well in others.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating proposed sites for a national veterans cemetery in south-central Idaho.

Idaho has a State Veterans Cemetery in Boise and there are a few privately operated veterans cemeteries, but no national veterans cemeteries in Idaho.

Two years ago, the VA announced a plan to build National Veterans Burial Grounds in rural areas. Scouts were in the Twin Falls area last November looking for potential site. Magic Valley Honor Guard leader Wayne Goetz says they were looking for 3 to 5 acres of land.

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