Patricia Murphy

KUOW reporter in Seattle, WA

Patricia Murphy appears in the following:

As It Celebrates Its Centennial The American Legion Tries To Welcome A New Generation

Friday, August 24, 2018

The American Legion is holding its 100th national convention this week and is trying to keep the organization relevant for younger veterans.


VA: Competition With Private Sector Is An Obstacle To Hiring More Medical Staff

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An NPR investigation examines reasons why it's hard to bring new medical personnel into the VA, including a cumbersome hiring process.


New Law Provides Fertility Treatment Benefits To Wounded Veterans

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Veterans' advocates estimate that as many as 2,000 former service members are possible candidates for in vitro fertilization because of military related fertility problems.


Doctors Must Overcome New Red Tape In Struggle To Treat Veterans

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Veterans Choice program hasn't cut wait times for vets seeking medical care because the program has added one more layer of bureaucracy. That complicates life for doctors trying to provide care to vets and for vets looking to see a doctor. This story is part of a collaboration among NPR and member stations looking at Veterans Choice.


For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

Monday, June 06, 2016

The $10 billion Veterans Choice has not cut backlogs, critics say. This problem can be particularly urgent when it comes to mental health cases.


After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The VA says it overpaid $24 million to 2,200 incarcerated vets, including Clay Hull. Despite filing required paperwork to forfeit part of his checks while in prison, he was still sent the full amount.


Prisons Experiment With Programs To Help Incarcerated Veterans

Monday, December 07, 2015

Prisons are experimenting with ways to help veterans who have committed crimes and are serving time. At one state prison in Washington state, veterans are organized in a cell block li...


Established Veterans Groups Fight To Attract The Next Generation

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans organizations, like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are losing their older memberships while struggling to engage younger veterans, who want more activity-based groups.


A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Service members often struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret. The Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to help make those last days meaningful.


Flight Attendant On Saigon Evacuation: You Wanted 'To Help Every Child'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Days before the fall of Saigon, a plane left Vietnam with 57 children on board. The program intended to bring orphans to the U.S. was controversial, but two who were there say it was right.


Looming Budget Cuts Pit National Guard Against The Army

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Washington state, a friendly family rivalry is taking place at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the National Guard and active Army lobby to protect their interests against deep budget cuts.


Veterans Still Face Huge Barriers to Healthcare

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A new program designed to give veterans faster and more efficient access to healthcare is facing a number of obstacles, and veterans continue to report long wait times. 

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In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometimes veterans don't claim their benefits because they live in remote areas that lack resources. In one Washington state county, Veterans Affairs services are at least an hour ferry ride away.


Weight Of War: Soldiers' Heavy Gear Packs On Pain

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan routinely carry between 60 and 100 pounds of gear including body armor, weapons and batteries.

The heavy loads shouldered over months of duty contribute to the chronic pain suffered by soldiers like Spc. Joseph Chroniger, who deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Twenty-five years ...


Suspected Seattle Cop Killer Shot Dead

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Seattle Police department is reporting that they have shot and killed Maurice Clemmons, the man accused of killing four police officers over the weekend. Past convictions for robb...

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