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Holiday Greenery For Oregon Veterans

Dec 14, 2013
Oregon News Service

The words 'Remember, Honor, and Teach' are the goals of Saturday's "Wreaths Across America Program." Hundreds of special ceremonies are taking place all over the nation, including three in Lane County that place wreaths on Veterans graves. Civil Air Patrol Captain and Organizer Roxanna Cole says Saturday's events offer a meaningful pause during a sometimes hectic holiday season.

Veterans' Housing Project

Affordable housing options are expanding for veterans in Eugene.  The Veterans’ Housing Project just purchased their sixth rental house, thanks to a major donation.

A single family home in the River Road area will soon be available for rent by local vets returning from overseas deployment.  The Veterans’ Housing Project was able to purchase the property thanks to a $75,000 donation from Northwest Community Credit Union.  

But the house is a fixer, according to Project Chair Jon Ruiz.

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Tiffany Eckert

From Marines to beauty queens, the 14th Annual Springfield Veteran's Day Parade had the largest number of entries ever. The parade honors all who served in the Armed Services. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was along the parade route Sunday afternoon and has this report.

As the parade begins, on-lookers line the streets waving small American flags. Eugene Highlander bagpipe band marches behind the color guard. (bagpipes playing) Excited kids stand at the ready to catch the candy that flies from parade floats. This is one of the ways the city of Springfield pays respect for veterans.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

For those enjoying a 3-day weekend, the day off is to remember and honor those men and women who've served in the military. In Oregon, the day will be marked with a solemn ceremony in Salem.

Twice a year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the names of the fallen are added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Wall. It's located on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. Mike Allegre says they will be adding three new names to the wall.

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

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