NPR: Searching For Veterans on Alaska's Remote Edges

A story about an NPR Morning Edition story on the Alaska Native veterans living in remote villages in Alaska and VA attempts to reach them.
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A day after fallen service members were remembered and honored on Memorial Day, NPR's Morning Edition took a fascinating look at the veterans of Alaska, and how the VA is attempting to reach out to them in some of the most remote places on Earth.

"Alaska has the highest proportion of veterans that serve," Dr. Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, said. "And in these tribal communities they have an incredibly high percent of folks that served. But even here (remote Wales, Alaska) in a town of 152 people, when we had a veterans gathering, not all of the veterans showed."

David Gilkey/NPR

Kelly Anungazuk, 61, served in the U.S. Army from 1970-73.

To read the full NPR story, click here. That site also has a podcast of the Morning Edition broadcast available to listen to, as well as a photo gallery of powerful portraits like the one above by NPR photographer David Gilkey.