Edmonds WWII veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

Edmonds resident and World War II veteran Amos Chapman Jr. recently received the Congressional Gold Medal for his participation in the U. S. Navy during war activities in the Philippines. The medal is the highest honor Congress can bestow on an American. In a letter that accompanied the medal, Washington’s US Senator Patty Murray lauded…

Edmonds American Legion Post 66 elects new officers

Edmonds American Legion Post 66 recently elected new officers for the 2019-2020 year. Chosen to hold leadership positions were Les Abel, Commander; Gary Walderman, 1st Vice Commander, Jim Collins, 2nd Vice Commander; Dan Mullene, Adjutant; John Shelton, Sergeant at Arms; Bill Neal, Chaplain and Jim Traner, Finance Officer. The post, which meets on the third Monday of…

Court ruling opens door for Agent Orange claims from ‘Blue Water’ veterans

The Mountlake Terrace-based Joint Service Committee, which works with veterans in South Snohomish County, sent an alert this week regarding a federal court ruling that could affect tens of thousands of Navy and Coast Guard veterans suffering with Agent Orange-related disabilities. According to a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…

Reminder: State Veterans Affairs Director to speak at Edmonds Museum Jan. 10

Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Washington State Veterans Affairs, will discuss how her office assists military veterans during a presentation at the Edmonds Historical Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Alvarado-Ramos will address help for veterans experiencing homelessness, suicide prevention and employment, among other transitioning issues. Her free talk is part of the…

Edmonds CC to recognize WWI veterans, 100-year anniversary of the war’s end Nov. 7

Edmonds Community College will host its sixth annual Veterans Day Celebration from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, on campus in the Black Box Theatre. Edmonds CC welcomes students and employees, as well as veterans from our surrounding communities who served during times of war and peace, to the celebration. The public is also invited…

Edmonds VFW Post 8870 member receives presidential mention

World War II veteran Harry Miller, a member of Edmonds VFW Post 8870, received national recognition July 1 from U.S. President Donald Trump during a speech Trump gave at Freedom Fest, a tribute to our nation’s veterans.  Miller was singled out for his service, as a 15-year-old, during WWII. Miller is a veteran of the…

Northwest Veterans Museum now open in nearby Lynnwood

The Northwest Veterans Museum is now open at Heritage Park in Lynnwood. The museum held its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 6. Representatives from several veterans organizations, families of veterans, as well as city and elected officials were in attendance. Mayor Nicola Smith said she got the idea for bringing the Northwest Veterans Museum…

Schindler takes on new role with veteran, military family organization

Edmonds resident Mike Schindler, who writes the Edmonds Military Wire column for My Edmonds News, has joined the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University as Program Manager of Community Engagement & Innovation, the university announced. In his role, Schindler is responsible for fostering relationships with community agencies that provide services to…

Scene in Edmonds: USS Independence makes final journey

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence passed by Edmonds Saturday afternoon on its way from Bremerton to Brownsville, Texas. According to The Maritime Executive, the ship is being towed around South America through the Strait of Magellan to International Shipbreaking where she will be dismantled. The USS Indepence entered service in 1959, with its early…

VFW Post 8870 recognizes student essay contest winners

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 recognized several local students Jan. 10 as winners in the annual National VFW Essay contest. One of those honored, Edmonds-Woodway High School student Olivia Olsen, won first place for the third year in a row. The theme for this year’s Youth Essay contest for grades 4 and 5 was “Why Are…

Veterans honored during wreath-laying ceremony

Michael Schindler of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares was the guest speaker at Wreaths Across America Day ceremony held Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in north Seattle. The local ceremony was part of a national movement where wreaths were placed at more than 900 veterans’ cemeteries, memorials and other locations around the country….

Edmonds American Legion Post installs new officers

After more than 10 years, Les Abel is stepping down as the Commander of Local 66 Edmonds Post of the American Legion. In July, Jim Collins, who has served over 33 years in different capacities at Post 66, was installed as the new commander. Abel has served over 40 years with the Edmonds Post. Throughout…

Edmonds, Lynnwood residents among VFW District 1 officers installed

Newly elected officers for the VFW and its Auxiliary were installed at the VFW District 1 meeting last month. Those elected will serve a year-long term of duty. There are eight VFW Posts in District 1, which covers all of Snohomish County. Auxiliary officers were installed by Louise French, who is a member of the…

New veterans resource center in Lynnwood

A new Veterans One-Stop Resource Center has opened in Lynnwood to serve veterans and their families. The center will be staffed by local professionals who are available to help with referrals to Veterans Affairs, medical and employment assistance and career transitions. The Veterans One-Stop Resource Center will open every Tuesday and the first Wednesday of…

Edmonds-based Operation Military Family Cares goes virtual

Operation Military Family Community Outreach, otherwise known as Operation Military Family Cares (OMF Cares), has moved from its downtown Edmonds location to virtual office space, said organization founder Mike Schindler. “After evaluating where we invest our time as a team, which is in the field or with clients at their locations, our fixed location was…

From Edmonds VFW Post 8870: Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In many communities across the nation, Friday Sept. 18, 2015 will be observed as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and appropriate ceremonies will be conducted to honor American’s who have returned from their ordeals as Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Americans who are listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and still unaccounted for. Sadly, for…

Edmonds Community College President receives Patriot Award

Veterans from Edmonds Community College and the local community joined together Friday as Captain Mike Kidd, USN (ret), of the Employer Support Group of the Guard and Reserve, awarded Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College, the Patriot Award for her outstanding support to the military community. Hernandez was nominated by Edmonds Community College…

Edmonds ex-Marine will run 160 miles to honor her fallen sister soldiers

Wearing a shirt that says “Valor Knows No Gender,” Edmonds resident and retired Marine Major Bridget Guerrero is in the final stages of preparing for a solo 160-mile run through the Puget Sound area, one mile for each of the 160 service women who have lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. The…

Edmonds VFW post honors memory of past commander

Thanks to the efforts of Post member Mike Reagan, Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 honored the memory of Past Commander Dennis Gaasland by presenting a hand-drawn portrait of Dennis to his widow, Helen, and son, Greg. Reagan is the founder of the non-profit Fallen Heroes Project and to date has drawn over 4,000 portraits of men…

‘Blue-ribbon fundraising committee’ aims to make Edmonds Veterans Plaza project a reality

The long-awaited Edmonds Veterans Plaza has moved closer to reality with the announcement of a “blue-ribbon fundraising committee.” The newly announced fundraising group is co-chaired by Mike Echelbarger, a prominent Edmonds real estate developer and Tom Mesaros, a member of the Edmonds City Council and longtime consultant with the Alford Group, which serves not-for-profit corporations….

Edmonds World War II pilot honored during Memorial Day ceremony

Just 48 pilots flew the P-39 Airacobra plane that played a a pivotal role in securing victory in the Pacific during World War II. The only surviving pilot from that island-hopping campaign, 96-year–old Edmonds resident Robert “Buck” Weaver, was honored during 33rd annual Edmonds’ Memorial Day Ceremony Monday. Following long-standing tradition, the ceremony was held…

VFW Post 8870 installs new officers

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 on Tuesday installed its newly elected officers, who will assume their year-long terms in June. Members of the Post were installed by District 1 Past Commander Jim Traner, who is also a Past Commander of Post 8870. Jim Blossey was installed as Commander, and will begin his second year in that…