veterans issues

U.S. military veterans in Riverside County who want local government officials to know what resources they need to meet their needs - including with respect to health care - have until the end of the month to fill our a survey.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent,

Veterans Sue California For Right To Die

Oct 3, 2018

A group of California veterans is sueing the state Department of Veterans Affairs for the right to end their lives in the face of terminal illness.  Capital Public Radio's health care reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

Riverside County is moving toward designating reserved parking spots at county office buildings and facilities for military active duty or veterans who've recieved Purple Heart medals for their service.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Crossroads Hospice

California veterans are pushing back against a state VA policy that blocks some terminally ill patients from taking prescription drugs to end their lives.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports.

A bill introduced by Inland Empire Democratic Member of Congress Pete Aguilar has passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting President Trump's signature.  The bill would facilitate military veterans who gained experience as drivers while deployed in getting jobs as commercial truck drivers here at home.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has details.

Seven Inland Empire veterans of overseas wars will today (Monday) get the high school diplomas they gave up decades ago when they left high school to serve their country in war.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Earlier this morning (Friday), scores of volunteers spread out across the more than 900-acre grounds of the Riverside National Cemetery to make sure that each of the more than 200,000 graves has a miniature American flag planted next to it in time for Veterans Day ceremonies at the cemetery on Saturday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced a new documentary. "The Vietnam War," for PBS.  It's an 18-hour series that's airing on KVCR TV Thursday nights.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a local series, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," talking with veterans from the Inland Empire about their Vietnam experiences.  Here's this week's segment.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced "The Vietnam War," an 18-hour television documentary airing tonight at 8pm on KVCR-TV.  In conjunction with the TV series, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a series for 91.9 KVCR called "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which she talks with veterans from our Inland Empire region.


Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced a new documentary, "The Vietnam War," for PBS.  It's a 16-hour series that will premier tonight on KVCR-TV at 8 p.m.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a local series for 91.9 KVCR, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which we'll hear her talk with veterans from our Inland Empire region.  Here's Part 1.

This past Friday, Crafton Hills College opened the door of its new Veteran's Resource Center.  The secretary of California Veterans Affairs, Dr. Vito Imbasciani, was there for the celebration.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez was also there, and has this report.


Annual Veteran's Day traditions will be taking place at Riverside National Cemetery and around the Inland Empire today.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


The Unforgettables Foundation has partnered with comedian Elayne Boosler and local veteran Virgal Woolfolk to host a fundraiser.  The Unforgettables Foundation is a locally-based organization that provides financial assistance to financially-strapped families -- including military families -- who've lost a child to illness, crime, or an accident.  The Unforgettable Foundation's fundraiser will be held Friday, February 5, at 7:00 pm at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside.  Elayne Boosler and Virgal Woolfolk talked with reporter Rory O'Sullivan.

As we commemorate our veterans today, KVCR's Matt Guilhem takes a look at a new survey ranking the best and worst places in the country for veterans.  The survey shows California does well overall in services available to vets, but the Inland Empire falls short.

The United States is taking today (Wednesday) to honor its veterans.  But one California group is working year-round to make sure no vet is forgotten.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

There's some good news this Veterans Day for vets who live in California:  starting tomorrow (Thursday), the state will offer a special new "veteran" designation on driver licenses.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, advocates hope that will make it easier to find appropriate care for veterans who are injured or arrested.

The city of Upland will be unveiling a very special monument this Veterans Day.  It stems from a city policy and challenge to keep the memory of a couple of fallen local soldiers.  KVCR's David Fleming recently spoke to Sid Robinson, volunteer with the Upland Veterans Memorial Project.

The California Legislature is on hiatus until January, but a few lawmakers will be busy today (Thursday) at the Capitol.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports they're examining the problem of homeless veterans.

A veteran's housing project located at March Air Reserve Base has won a $6.1-million dollar grant to expand services and to add additional housing units to serve more veterans.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in a story from City News Service.

More and more California military veterans are finding refuge in farming.  They say digging in the dirt relieves psychological trauma, and provides reliable work.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg visited two vets who say growing food for the nation is akin to protecting the country.

A bill in the California legislature would lift the age limit on Cal Grants for military veterans.  An Assembly committee considers the measure tomorrow (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

Not every wounded warrior who comes back from battle overseas has an obvious or noticeable disability.  Many returning veterans sometimes  barely even notice themselves that they might have a hearing problem.  Needless to say, military activity involves, shots, booms, bangs, and other loud, potentially damaging noise, which can cause a veteran to not be able to hear certain sounds.  The University of California Riverside runs a research lab where they're working on video game therapies to help veterans with those unusual hearing problems.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has the story.