Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Community members honored local residents who have served in the U.S. military during an annual Veterans Day celebration at the Dillingham High School.

Eric Hanson

The senator sat down with KDLG to discuss veteran services and his comments on the proposed Pebble Mine. 


US Department of Veterans Affairs

Governor Sean Parnell announced appointments to several positions in the state of Alaska last week. The governor appointed a long time Veterans Affairs health care director to the Alaska Health Care Commission. 

Susan Yeager has worked in the federal government for 34 years.  She began her career at the navy base in San Diego.  Yeager worked her way up and eventually began working for Veteran’s Affairs.

Legislation Introduced to Help Veterans Get Jobs

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is co-sponsoring legislation intended to help more veterans get into the workforce. The “Hire More Heroes Act” would allow employers to not count veterans receiving health care coverage through TRICARE or the VA as part of the 50 employee requirement under the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Ben Matheson

As of Friday afternoon, close to 100 veterans have made it through the Veterans Stand Down process at the middle school gym in Dillingham.  The Bristol Bay Area has hundreds of veterans that are not accessing benefits through the VA.

Samuel Hudson is a public affairs officer for the Alaska VA healthcare system. He took KDLG through the gym where the stand down was happening.  He says the first and most important step is getting registered.

Ben Matheson

Alaska has the nation’s most veterans per capita.  But the majority are not taking advantage of veterans’ health care opportunities.  An event in Dillingham this weekend hopes to make a dent in that and connect more local veterans to the services they earned. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.