“We need everybody’s help,” said Major General Laurie Hummel. “We need veterans to talk about their experiences, and to mentor young people, and to help keep them on the right path.” Hummel and her staff were in Sitka last week as part of a new rural engagement initiative.
The Alaska Veteran Association, or V.A., wants to provide Homer veterans with more health services and a larger clinic. But there’s a hang up. Only half of the estimated veterans in town are signed up for insurance through the V.A. Without more registered vets, it may be harder to justify additional services, and getting unregistered vets to sign up isn’t easy.
A three-day Arctic Maritime Symposium in Anchorage brought together senior military officials, academics and civilian leaders to discuss what shifting geopolitics and a changing environment could mean for the nation’s military presence in Alaska.
A Skagway non-profit will host a group of wounded veterans from Fairbanks for a weekend of nature excursions this September. Mission Objective Outdoors was created earlier this year to provide support for veterans with disabilities and challenge them to be active in the great outdoors.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz are touring the state in an effort to push for national security in the Arctic. Their visit Monday in Nome coincides with the National Defense Authorization Act, which was scheduled to be signed by President Donald Trump.