veterans

Politics
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Poonam Inc. seeks rezoning to house Missouri veterans

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Many homeless Missouri veterans could soon have a roof over their heads.

Poonam Incorporated is requesting the rezoning of about four acres of land located on the south side of Business Loop 70 East near Old Highway 63 for the creation of a "Veteran's Campus".

A public information meeting was held at City Hall on Tuesday night to give members of the community more details about the site.

Project planner Clint Smith is confident that the housing would benefit a good cause.

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Health
7:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to visit St. Louis VA hospital, as Missouri politicians address VA complaints

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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is scheduled to be in St. Louis today to meet with officials at the VA hospital about concerns raised over mental health care. The visit comes amid calls from several Missouri politicians to address complaints about VA services. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, visited the University of Missouri campus Friday to announce the results of her survey of veterans' satisfaction with VA services in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

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Politics
6:31 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

McCaskill announces results of veterans survey at MU

Senator Claire McCaskill spoke at the Veterans Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
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Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke at the Veterans War Memorial on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Friday, where she announced the most recent results of her Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, an unscientific, confidential survey of veteran’s experiences at VA facilities in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. 

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed May 21, 2014

McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans

Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:58 pm

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is releasing the latest results of a survey of Missouri military veterans who have received care at Veterans Administration’s facilities around the state, including Cochran and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

While not disclosing any details, McCaskill told reporters Tuesday that “every year we’ve done it, the VA has done a little better. I’m particularly pleased this year because we’ve had even more responses this year than we had last year.”

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Politics
5:12 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Missourians to vote on new veterans lottery ticket

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  Missouri voters will decide whether state lottery officials should create a separate ticket to fund veterans' programs.

The Senate voted 27-4 on Thursday to send the proposal to the November general election ballot. It passed the House earlier this year.

Supporters say revenue from sales of the lottery ticket would provide a dedicated funding source for cash-strapped veterans' homes. Opponents question whether the new ticket will siphon revenue from education, which currently is the sole beneficiary of Missouri lottery proceeds.

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Health
4:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

New shelter proposed to combat homelessness among veterans

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As homelessness among veterans in mid-Missouri continues to increase, organizations in Columbia are looking to combat this growing problem. 

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Veterans Campus planned in Columbia

Three organizations are discussing building a 4.2-acre campus for veterans in northeast Columbia.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

'Tribune' FOI request turns up report detailing murder at veterans hospital

A report says Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital failed to provide a safe environment for a 78-year-old man beaten to death last year at the Columbia facility.

The report for the Veterans Affairs Heartland Network was included in materials released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Columbia Daily Tribune.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Governor Jay Nixon gives "Flag of Freedom" award to IBM

Governor Jay Nixon (D) awards IBM with the "Flag of Freedom" honor for its participation in his "Show-Me Heroes" program.
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Intersection
5:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Why veterans have a hard time returning to civilian life

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

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Education
8:59 am
Thu November 14, 2013

MU donation recognizes student veterans

University of Missouri Professor Newton D'Souza (left) and Chancellor Brady Deaton (right) look at the recently unveiled memorial honoring war veterans in Memorial Union on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. D'Souza's student, MU senior Karen Johnson, created the design selected by the Chancellor's Military and Veterans Committee. It features MU's iconic six columns missing one column to indicate soldiers fallen in duty.
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The University of Missouri has received a major gift donation to fund a scholarship for military veterans.

Confidential benefactors donated the $1 million gift to create full academic scholarships for veterans attending the University of Missouri. The new Col. Dwight B. Shannep U.S. Army Air Corps Veterans Scholarship Fund is named in honor of a World War II veteran from Versailles.

MU leaders announced the gift Wednesday morning in Memorial Union following a color guard ceremony in full military dress.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Central Missouri Honor Flight completes 25th flight

A banner welcoming World War II veterans is displayed at the entrance of the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars visited national memorials in Washington earlier that day.
Michael Losch KBIA

Central Missouri Honor Flight took 64 veterans to visit national memorials dedicated to their service on Tuesday, despite the government shutdown. Later that night, the veterans returned home with the guide of the Patriot Guard to a crowd of family members and friends.

Dane Gregg served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he came home, he saw the support of family members and friends, all wearing blue shirts stating “Team Dane.” The shirts were made to support their vet who has survived two heart attacks and is currently battling cancer.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown impacts veterans' trip to DC

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is one of many federally operated facilities closed due to the government shutdown.
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As the federal government shutdown enters its second day, it continues to cause headaches for many, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans flying to Washington, D.C.

KSHB reports that the nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip. Its first stop today was the closed National World War II Memorial. The group was hopeful it would get inside after a Mississippi veterans group did on Tuesday.

Several federally run Missouri attractions also are closed, including Mark Twain National Forest.

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Politics
8:07 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Nixon Signs Several Bills Impacting Military Veterans

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Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:24 pm

Reporting by Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation Wednesday related to veterans.

One bill requires licensing boards to accept military training and education for licensing requirements.

At a press conference in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said many members of the military have skill sets that are very transferable to the workplace, like truck drivers and emergency medical technicians - or EMT's.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Nixon signs bill to help vets afford higher education

Missouri Military Academy
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law today help military veterans. One bill allows veterans to receive lower in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in the state of Missouri after they leave the military.

Veterans are required to gain Missouri residency to receive the lower tuition rates. In order to obtain residency students must live in the state for 12 consecutive months, get a Missouri driver's license and earn two thousand dollars. Nixon spent the day promoting the measures at events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau. 

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Arts and Culture
5:49 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Five former high-ranking veterans visit Truman VA Hospital

Some members of the Pinnacle Five meet with a veteran at the Truman VA Hospital (left to right: Alford McMichael, Vincent Patton, Jack Tilley, James Herdt).
Tony Nochim KBIA

Five of the former highest ranking members of the U.S. Armed Forces visited veterans at the Truman VA Hospital today. The five enlisted military advisors are known as the Pinnacle Five.

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Education
4:21 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

MU held moment of silence to honor veterans

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The University of Missouri took part in the National Roll Call project, holding a moment of silence to honor American service men and women this afternoon.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon to sign job-training bill for veterans

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation intended to help more military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector employment.

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Politics
9:01 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Carnahan, McCaskill respond to report on veterans’ care at John Cochran

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 8:49 am

Updated 8:50 am Tuesday with statement from Sen. Blunt.

The US Veterans Administrations Inspector General has issued a report following complaints that a nurse did not act appropriately when treating two patients receiving hemodialysis treatment at the John Cochran VA Medical Center.  

The nurse  did not report changes in one of the patient’s condition, and the 57-year-old man died the next day, according to the report.  

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to veterans' nursing homes.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Stalemate over state budget talks causes a Missouri veteran's hunger strike

The Missouri General Assembly's passage of a state budget has come to a standstill due to an argument over funding for veterans' homes.
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A final vote awaits on a bill that would include solidifying funding for veteran's homes. Up to $30 million would be shifted within a casino entrance fee fund from early childhood education and put forward to veterans homes. While this awaits a vote in the Senate, one Missouri veteran is on a hunger strike.

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PM Newscasts
5:50 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Newscast for May 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Republican member of the Missouri House announces he is gay, opposes "don't say gay" legislation.
  • The Missouri House passes a funding plan for veterans homes.
  • Toughened anti-bullying legislation endorsed in the Missouri House.
Politics
4:43 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. House passes funding plan for veterans homes

The Missouri House passed legislation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.

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Politics
9:05 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. lawmakers approve veteran job training measure

The measure would help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private sector jobs.
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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that could help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector jobs.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Mo. House members want to move funds away from state lottery

Lawmakers want to divert funds away from state lottery to aid veterans' homes.
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Missouri House members are seeking to boost funding for veterans' homes by diverting more of Missouri's lottery proceeds to the state budget — leaving less for prizes.

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Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Stitching for a cause

Sewing club member Jeannie Sanchez, of Columbia, sews a velcro strip into a pair of athletic shorts at Zede's Sewing Shop on Friday, March 2, 2012. The shorts will be sent to wounded veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Charles Minshew/KBIA

When wounded veterans return from combat, some face challenges doing things most of us take for granted. KBIA’s Charles Minshew has this story on  a sewing group in Columbia is working to  make things a little easier.

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Business
10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Newscast for November 11, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Implements a new city campaign.
  • Veterans Day Across Mid-Missouri.
  • Lake of the Ozark Dispute.
Arts and Culture
5:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Veterans Parade Across Downtown Columbia

Today many cities across Mid-Missouri are observing Veterans Day. Columbia is celebrating the service of men and women in the armed forces.

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Arts and Culture
5:11 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MU Rededicates Memorial in Celebration of Veterans Day

MU rededicated a restored memorial during a campus Veteran’s Day ceremony today. The stone memorial honors the 117 MU students who were killed during World War I.

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