Year started with KUOW: 2000
Patricia Murphy is a feature reporter for KUOW. Patricia reports on criminal justice and public health. Previously she was part of two collaborative projects focusing on military and veterans. The American Homefront Project is a partnership between public radio stations KUOW, WUNC, KPCC and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Back at Base is a collaboration between National Public Radio and seven member stations including KUOW.
Patricia is an award-winning radio journalist. Patricia’s first job in radio news was at WBUR Boston in 1994. She’s worked at KUOW since 2000.
Patricia’s series “Less than Honorable,” investigated how the military handles more than 3,000 sexual assault cases each year. Her 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times, “The Weight of War,” looked at heavy loads carried by troops and the increase in chronic orthopedic injuries as a result; the series won a national award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Healthcare Journalists. She also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on IV drug use and has had her work recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2012, Patricia was inducted into the Dart Society, a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice.
Patricia holds a B.S. from Emerson College in Boston.
The $10 billion Veterans Choice has not cut backlogs, critics say. This problem can be particularly urgent when it comes to mental health cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.