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The Local Japanese American Community after Pearl Harbor

On December 7th, 1941,  Japan’s military attacked Pearl Harbor.  On December 8th, the following day, the United States declared war on Japan.

This series of events forever changed the lives of the Japanese American community along the west coast of this country.  This set of excerpts from the Densho Project oral histories, highlight what some of the younger local Japanese Americans experienced at that time.

Special thanks to the Densho Project for the audio.

Producers: Jim Cantu, Devin Williams and Yuko Kodama

Image: from the Densho Project

Military Gear and Local Law Enforcement in our Region

The Trump Administration is rolling back Obama-era restrictions on the federal government giving military gear to local police forces. KBCS contributing reporter, James Trimarco spoke with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper about what this means for our region.


Military Suicides

Military loss doesn’t always mean death in combat.  Sometimes it can take the form of a training accident, plane crash or… suicide.  With the growing numbers of service members coming home, we see that they return to face another war – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), is a national non-profit devoted to providing ongoing, peer-based, emotional support to anyone grieving the death of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces. Increasingly, those deaths are due to suicide.


Laurie Fueston of Bellingham, Washington.  Laurie is the mother of Josh Fueston, who served in Iraq and took his own life after a long battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Listen to the interview: KBCS_M+I_20130624_Military Suicide

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2013 Josh Fueston Memorial Swim to Live

Hearts Toward Home

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Defense Centers of Excellence

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255(press 1) U.S. and Canada