Alaska provides Veteran Recognition to Hmong and Lao Veterans

The Alaska DMV now reflects veterans status on Hmong and Lao Veteran Alaska state ID’s and driver’s licenses for those who served.

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Healing Those Who Serve

Ed Nicholson's inspiration for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing came in 2005, with his own stay in Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Round of Applause

Veterans Court is a specialized court designed to facilitate the rehabilitation of eligible veterans who are charged with criminal offenses.

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Alaska Honors Five Tlingit Code Talkers for their Heroic Contributions in World War II

Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer is leading the effort to honor the memory of five Alaska Natives for heroic contributions in World War II.

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Tools for Retaining Service Members and Veterans

While it can be daunting, employers can create workspaces that are conducive to hiring and retaining Service members and Veterans.

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Thank You for Your Service: The Effort Behind the Words

“Thank you for your service.” We’ve all heard the words, we might have even said them ourselves. While thanking a Service member for his or her service to our country is a nice gesture, many individuals and organizations do not understand or know how to provide meaningful thanks beyond kind words or a Military discount.

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By the Numbers: Addressing Veteran Suicide

In September of 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The findings were based upon a comprehensive examination of more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014. Among many other things, they found that risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among veterans when compared to U.S. non-veteran adults.We lose a veteran to suicide every 72 minutes, equaling 20 veterans a day.

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Honor, Educate & Inspire: Alaska Veterans Museum

Even with the highest veteran population (per capita) in the country, Alaska was the last state in the union to have a museum dedicated to honoring veterans and Alaska's contributions to military history.It was only through ten years of blood, sweat, and many tears of passionate volunteers that the Alaska Veterans Museum opened its doors on April 17th, 2011. Still operating as a 100% volunteer organization, their mission is simple; honor Alaska’s veterans' by recording and sharing their stories; educate visitors about Alaska’s military history through exhibits and displays; and inspire our community to support our Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, and our veterans.

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Gold Star Peak proposal gets nod from the state, moves on to federal government

In early December, a peak in the Chugach Range between Eagle River and Palmer overlooking the Knik River moved one step closer to receiving the name, Gold Star Peak with official approval by the Board of Alaska Geographic Names, Alaska Historical Commission; part of the Department of Natural Resources. The peak will be named to honor and salute families of soldiers who have died during military service.

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Voicing the Need for Preserving Veteran Oral Histories

Nearly 100 people attended a workshop hosted by the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM) and led by the Veterans History Project (VHP) and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Attendees learned techniques for collecting oral histories from Alaska’s veterans and how to submit them to VHP, within the Library of Congress, to ensure the stories are preserved for future generations. Col. (ret) Suellyn Novak serves as the president and director for AVM, which is headquartered in Anchorage. AVM’s mission is to educate, honor and inspire by preserving artifacts and stories from Alaskan veterans. AVM has spearheaded numerous oral history efforts for this reason. The workshop fine-tuned those efforts and provided a clear avenue for those stories to be preserved at the Library of Congress.  

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