New Veterans Center in Bend opens
War veterans, together with dignitaries, joined forces yesterday to officially open a new Veterans Center situated in Bend – a topnotch resource center in that side of the Cascades. The event was attended by Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore, who was in attendance just in time for the ribbon cutting. KTVZ has more:
And with one snip of the ceremonial scissors, frustration was replaced with hope, relief and a sense of excitement about the services set to be offered to veterans returning from war, as well as their families.
The center will be ready, just in time for a very important homecoming. Nearly 2,700 Oregon Army National Guard troops are coming home from a nearly year-long deployment to Iraq, the largest Guard deployment to a battle zone since World War II.
Word came Wednesday that the Central Oregon demobilization ceremony, one of several around the state, will take place on Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend. About 200 Central Oregonians are among the citizen soldiers who are due home very soon.
“Whether its employment, counseling or health care,” Wyden said in a short speech, “every one of our veterans after they have served us go gallantly overseas deserve a soft landing when they come back, and we’re going to stay at it until they get it.”
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