War Stories: Vietnam Veteran Ron Anderson

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we share the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

This week, War Stories producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story of Vietnam War veteran from Bend, Ron Anderson.

Thanks to Ron for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Falvie Anderson

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

This week, producer Warren Shultz introduces you to the story of Navy veteran Falvie Anderson.

Thanks to Falvie for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Ryan Bilbrey

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

This week, War Stories producer Warren Schultz introduces you to the story of Army veteran Ryan Bilbrey who now lives in Bend.

Thanks to Ryan for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Andy Knox

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we tell the stories of Central Oregon war veterans some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

In this episode, War Stories producer Warren Shultz introduces us to a World War II Navy veteran now living in Bend named Andy Knox.

Thanks to Andy for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Tom Barrier

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we tell the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. This week, War Stories producer, Warren Shultz introduces us to a Vietnam war veteran now living in Sisters named Tom Barrier.

Thanks to Tom for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Robert Sayers

One out of every seven central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. In this episode, meet Robert Sayers, a navy veteran from Bend who served in Iraq.

Thanks to Robert and Esther for sharing his story. A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Dani Shine

Dani Shine, then Combs, graduated from Mountain View High School in 1986 and hoped to be the first in her family to go to college. Without the means, Dani decided the military would be best way to chase down her dream of a degree.

She joined the Army and, thanks to her athletic background, did well in basic training. She was one of just a handful of women who were the first to be trained as infantry.

“It was kind of an experiment,” said Dani, “and we had passed.”

Dani was deployed in Desert Storm and found herself in the line of fire in 1991. Despite that experience Dani volunteered to help bring food and water into Kuwait. On that mission Dani stepped on a land mine while trying to clear a field, but Dani was lucky and the mine didn’t explode. However the experience changed her and she said it felt like a second chance.

After eight months in Saudi Arabia, Dani was discharged, went to college and became a nurse.

After 15 years as a nurse Dani finally addressed serious symptoms which led to a diagnosis of severe PTSD.

“I had been avoiding it for a long time,” Dani said. “You don’t really notice it but other people do.”

While Dani had to give up nursing this year, she continues on her quest to help people by speaking with other women and writing two books about her experience.

Thanks to Dani for sharing her story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Paul Kirk

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we tell the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

This week, War Stories producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story 90-year-old WWII Veteran Paul Kirk.

Paul ran away from his home in Mississippi at 14,  joined the Merchant Marines at 15  before joining the Navy.

Paul moved to Bend in the early 2000s, where he met his now wife Gail. Paul had a love for music and the two met when he was playing guitar at the senior center. Paul and Gail married in 2005 at the senior center where they met.

Unfortunately Paul has since suffered a stroke, so speaking is difficult, but his wife Gail helps tell his story.

Thanks to Paul for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Daniel Skotte

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we tell the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t.

This week, War Stories producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story of Air Force veteran, Daniel Skotte.

Thanks to Daniel for sharing his story and a special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

War Stories: Leon Devereaux

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the story of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war, and some who didn’t.

For this week, we introduce you to the story of WWII pilot and former Bend mayor, Leon Devereaux.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.