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In 2003, Paul Holton was serving as an interrogator for the US Army in Iraq, when he says he came across a young girl crying. She looked to him as though she hadn’t had a bath for a long time. Holton gave her what he had on hand -  a toothbrush, toothpaste, some flip-flops, and a stuffed monkey with long arms and Velcro hands; he put that around her neck.

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To remember those who gave their lives in the service of this country, the Utah Chapter of the Association of the United States Army held a special memorial service at the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery. 

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 A new University of Utah study provides insight into suicide risk among veterans and military personnel.

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This year the Utah legislature passed a bill that would add former House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s name to a section of Interstate 15 in Utah County. The potential change has some veterans upset.

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A new counseling center has opened in Utah to provide mental health therapy for those who have served in the military. The center provides specialized care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

World War One Veteran awarded Silver Star by Hatch

Dec 22, 2014

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch presented the military’s Silver Star for valor to the local family of a World War One veteran on Monday.

University of Utah Honors Student Veteran

Nov 11, 2014
Tim Slover

11 veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam assembled on a stage in the University Union building. Their service records were read aloud, and each of them was presented with a medal.

Adam Sorensen is a student at the University of Utah, a Marine, and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was given the University of Utah Student Veteran of the Year Award. During his time in the

military, he excelled in specialized skills, like jumping out of planes, was awarded medals for valor, and the Purple Heart.

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A Utah veteran says he’s helping to protect the Western world by suing a former Guantanamo prisoner. Retired special forces sergeant Layne Morris of South Jordan believes Canadian national Omar Khadr is a potential threat to national security. But a senior US military official says Morris is wrong and out of line with his lawsuit.

In 2002, Layne Morris was partially blinded by shrapnel from a grenade thrown from an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.

Brian Grimmett

A state task force is considering expanding special court programs into a new Veteran’s Court. Veteran’s courts across the country offer substance abuse help, mental health treatments and other special programs to offenders who have served in the military. For many vets, it’s a welcome alternative to spending time behind bars. Richard Schwermer is the Utah Problem Solving Courts Coordinator. He says help provided by a proposed state veteran’s court would offer a more long-term solution to offenders who are vets.

Homeless Veterans in Salt Lake City now have a better chance to get into a warm place to live just as winter weather approaches. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System along the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City dedicated the new 72 room Valor House today. The Director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, Gordon Walker, says the state is very close to serving every veteran’s needs for transitional and permanent housing and on track to end homelessness in Utah with the 10-year plan. US Navy Veteran Dawn Hemphill is a former homeless drug addict.

Andrea Smardon

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City cut the ribbon Friday on its new Mental Health Outpatient Building.  As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, VA officials say the number of combat troops seeking help is growing. 

Steve Young is the Director of Mental Health Services for the VA in Salt Lake City.  He says the building they’ve been operating in for 20 years is basically a bunch of old trailers without wheels.