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A unique medical transportation program for Oregon veterans has just cleared a major milestone.

500,000 miles. That’s more than the distance to the moon and back. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program has logged that many miles on the ground, driving vets to doctor appointments or medical facilities.

The program, as its name implies, is for veterans living in the most remote parts of the state. According to the Census Bureau, “highly rural” is 7 or fewer people per square mile. Tyler Francke is spokesman for Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Jes Burns

It’s been years in coming.   Officials broke ground on a new Veterans health facility in Eugene Monday afternoon.  

The site of the future Veterans Health Care Center in North Eugene sits within eye shot of I-5.  That’s the same interstate veterans in Lane County now travel long distances on to get health services not provided at the current small clinic in Eugene.    Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.