Reno Youth Radio

Some lower-income veterans in Reno face a lot of challenges. Lack of transportation can make it even harder. Now the Kiwanis Bike Project is offering veterans a way to learn to fix bikes and get that much-needed transportation. Reno Youth Radio’s Wyatt Daane checked it out.

At Kiwanis Bikes you are surrounded by a sea of bicycles and bike experts. On this day, those experts are listening to the radio and helping nine veterans. The bikes they fix will help them get back on their feet.

Alexandra Mosher

A few months ago, a private developer transformed dilapidated apartments in Reno into housing for homeless veterans. Reno public radio’s Alexandra Mosher [Moe-sure] visited one of the new tenants to see how he is settling in.  

“This is my living room. It's not that big, but I enjoy it."

U.S. Air Force veteran, Curtis Thomas lost his home in Las Vegas after he was sent to prison in 2014. Thomas knew that he needed to change his life around so in prison he began contacting Veteran’s Affairs and when he was released they temporarily set him up in a hotel room.

Alexa Ard

Because medical marijuana is not federally approved, access for veterans is an issue nationwide, including in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

As it stands, veterans getting care at VA facilities are unable to discuss medical marijuana treatment with their doctors, even in states where it’s legal. If interested, they must go outside the VA system.

This issue was looked at by Congress this year but ultimately nothing was passed.

Tim Lenard

A cycling group called Project Hero encourages rehabilitation for veterans by helping them get out and ride. Our contributor Tim Lenard attended a rally to learn more about what they do.

Noah Glick

Nevada Democratic Congressional Candidate Chip Evans held a veterans’ town hall event in Sparks last night. It comes on the heels of a similar event last month from his opponent Mark Amodei.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there and has more.

Twenty-one homeless veterans in Reno will soon have a roof over their heads. Our News Director Michelle Billman has the story.

A few months ago, the apartments at 1560 Mill Street were close to uninhabitable. 

"There were critters in places where critters shouldn't be. There were hypodermic needles in some of the carpeting. These are small, one bedroom units and there were at some places, two or three people living in them."

Veterans from every corner of the country are in Reno this week to set policy priorities at the AMVETS national convention. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports a big concern for the group is improving health care.

The group represents American veterans and Amy Webb is the legislative policy advisor.

“They receive a lot of specialized health care, not only mental health care,” Webb explains, “but any type of traumatic brain injury or amputations or wounds as a result of service or war.”

Julia Ritchey

"Hello, Nevada! Wow...."

So began Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, appearing at a rally of about 300 people at the Grand Sierra Resort on Monday night. 

Marcus Lavergne

One Artown event last year brought community members together to fold paper cranes out of recycled military uniforms. Now, the 1,000 cranes make up the “Combat Paper: Prayers And Wings” exhibit at Northwest Reno Library. Our reporter Anh Gray visited the library last year during one of these workshops. Let’s listen back to that story.



Nevada Ranks 43rd For Military Retirees

May 31, 2016

A new study shows that Nevada ranks 43rd nationwide as a favorable place for military retirees. Jill Gonzalez is with Wallet Hub, which conducted the study.

She told our media partner KNPR in Las Vegas that access to healthcare is a glaring problem with the state's profound doctor shortage. She also points to limited job opportunities for people when they return to civilian life.