Our Story

Veterans Legacy is a nonprofit organization. We exist to provide integrated treatment in a rural setting, stressing therapeutic agriculture, utilizing multiple resources to address the individual’s medical and psychological needs. We aspire to provide treatment for PTSD and other adjustment disorders while continuing supportive therapy for associated co-morbidities such as drug and alcohol addictions.














 

 

Who We Are

Our Philosophy:


Veterans Legacy's philosophy is that healing and wellness is a function of a safe environment, meaningful therapeutic experiences, and multi-faceted community-based system of extended care.

Our Vision:


Veterans Legacy's vision is to break the cycle of veteran suicides, mental health disorders, and social costs streeming from underserved veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and associated traumas.

Our Mission:


Veterans Legacy's mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment that allows multi-faceted holistic healing and, ultimately, successful reintegration back into the community.

What We Do



Veterans Legacy is a community-based non-profit created to link veterans with innovative and effective programs in Oregon. Our programs involve a combination of Evidence-Based Treatments, as well as Experiential and Holistic Therapies.

Evidence-Based Treatments


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Neurofeddback
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Experiential Therapies


  • Agrarian Therapy - Permaculture, Aquaponics
  • Equine Therapy - Draft Horses
  • Art Therapy - Painting, Pottery, Woodwork
  • Music Therapy - Guitar, Choral, Etc.
  • Holistic Therapies


  • Native American Warrior Tradition - Sweat Lodge / Vision Quest
  • Eastern Medicine - Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reiki
  • Movement THerapies - Tai Chi, Yoga, Movement Therapy

  • What Makes Us Different



    In addition to therapeutic experiences, Camp Alma also focuses on developing and enhancing life skills needed for post-program empowerment and independence.

    Life Skills Training:


  • Gardening
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Preservation
  • Construction and Maintenance
  • Basic Financial Management
  • Interviewing and Job Skills
  • Post-Camp Alma Outcomes


    Veterans Legacy is committed to ensuring that our clients' successes are not limited to Camp Alma. It is our ultimate hope that when finished, each of our clients leaves addiction-free and with stable housing, providing them with the best possible chances for life-long success.

    Post-Camp Alma Reintegration Help


  • Employment
  • Job Training
  • Business Plans
  • Higher Education Preparation
  • Board Members



    John Labow
     

    Dr. John LeBow – Board President

    Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. John LeBow has been a family physician for almost 40 years and in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area for the last 20 years. During his time in Oregon, he has served on the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon Board of Directors at various levels and was also the Chief of Staff at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital from 2007-2010. He was on the Board of Directors for the Cascade Medical Team, which annually provides medical mission services to Guatemala, participating on two mission trips to date. His other interests include agricultural endeavors in the area and on his small farm and the blessing of being able to participate in the Buckaroo cowboy culture in Eastern Oregon. While not a military veteran himself, his contact with Veterans in his practice over the years has created a passion to change the treatment paradigm for PTSD / substance abuse currently in place.

    Dan Buckwald
     

    Capt. Dan Buckwald (Ret.) – Board Vice President

    Dan Buckwald graduated from Mapleton High School and joined the U.S. Air Force soon after. He served in the 92nd Security Police Squadron at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington from 1984 to 1988. He was deployed to Palermo Air Base, Honduras in 1987. Dan joined the Lane County Sheriff’s Department in February, 1989 as a Deputy Sheriff in the Adult Corrections Facility. He spent 13-years of his 29 years at the Sheriff’s Inmate Work Camp now known as Camp Alma. Dan was promoted and oversaw all operations of the work camp to include housing, work crews, gardens and 100 men housed at the camp. Dan promoted through the ranks to Jail Commander where he emphasized the importance of fostering relationships in the community and creating inmate programming inside the facility with specific attention to the mentally ill population.



    Philip Marvin

    Philip Marvin – Treasurer

    Philip Marvin is the founder of M3 Commercial Real Estate, a closely held real estate investment and development company based in Eugene, Oregon. Philip has guided the development of ground-up and value-add commercial real estate projects in Oregon and Arizona for the last 30 years. Prior to entering the commercial real estate sector, Philip owned and operated as popular retail business in Eugene. Born in Illinois, Philip spent his early years in North Side Chicago Suburb with his parents, sister and brother. At the age of 12, his family relocated to Los Angeles where he developed a love for animals, particularly horses. After high school, Philip served in the California Air National Guard, Van Nuys, California, 146th Air Transportation Wing. After the National Guard, he found his way to Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley where he focused on equine studies. Philip has called Lane County home for almost 50 years. He now lives outside of Eugene with Joan, his wife of 48 years. Over the years, Philip was inspired by his family’s WWII service. Philip’s father, Milton Marvin, was in the Army Air Corps B-17 bombardier; he flew 25 missions over Europe from an airfield in Lavenham, England. Milton retired from military service as a USAF Major. Philip’s father-in-law, Wayne Edwards, was a WWII Marine Corps Sergeant who served in the Pacific Theater, earning the Purple Heart during the battle of Iwo Jima. Philip’s mother-in-law, Elsie Edwards, was a USO hostess in San Diego when she met Sgt. Edwards.




     

    Capt. Phillip Groshong

    Phillip Groshong is a retired United Airlines Captain and former Air Force fighter/instructor pilot. He was the General Aviation and Tenant Relations Manager at Eugene Airport from March, 2005 to June, 2012. Phil is the proud owner/builder of a Lancair Legacy, a two-place high performance kit aircraft, and past Commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Oregon Wing and Pacific Region. Phil a current member of the Lane Aviation Academy Advisory Committee as well as a member of Cascade Medical Team’s Board of Directors. He is also the immediate past President of the Eugene Airport Rotary Club. A retired USAF Lt Col he flew 200 combat missions in Viet Nam in the F4C/D and earned 3 Distinguished flying Crosses and 14 Air Medals. He retired from active duty and completed 22 years of Air Force service in the Oregon Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Phil is a Eugene native. He and his wife of 49 years, Margie, have three grown children and reside on a 20 acre farm near Crow.

    Bud Fitzgerald
     

    William E (Bud) Fitzgerald

    Bud was born in post-war Korea, spent two years in a Seoul orphanage, and came to the United States in 1957. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1977. After serving as an air defense artillery platoon leader, executive officer and battery commander, Bud was selected for the Army’s fully funded legal education program. After receiving his Juris Doctor from Duke in 1985, Bud served six years as an Army lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1991. After his military service, Bud worked as a criminal tax prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney, in Washington DC and Oregon, until his retirement in 2017. Bud and his wife Kitt have been married since 1983 and have two adult children.