Alaska has more than 10,000 women veterans, but fewer than one-third are signed up for VA health services. Getting them connected to services, as well as to each other, is the object of a new program launched Monday on Alaska Women Veterans Day.
As the state of Alaska begins lifting coronavirus restrictions, the Department of Veterans Affairs has added a new precaution that requires anyone entering a VA facility to wear a mask. The director of the Alaska’s VA system says the new policy is intended to protect the state’s veterans, a population that he says is especially susceptible to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
A local group of retired military service members is planning to build a small community near North Pole to give homeless veterans a place to rebuild their lives. The Vet Village would provide housing and job training that project organizers hope will reduce the high rates of substance abuse and suicide among Alaska’s homeless veterans.
A national nonprofit group that provides service dogs to military service members and veterans has opened a new training facility in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Paws for Purple Hearts involves service members and vets in the dog training process.
The state is moving ahead on development of a military veterans cemetery in Fairbanks. The interior is home to more than 10 thousand veterans, most of who live in Fairbanks, but the closest military cemeteries are in Anchorage and Sitka. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, steps are being taken to change that.