August 5, 2018 Situation Report
Situation Report – Veterans Legacy
August 5, 2018
July was another remarkable month for Veterans Legacy! Many events occurred that continue to create momentum for VL. Let’s get to the list!
Dr. John LeBow, President of the BOD, was asked by Trillium (handles the Medicaid program in Lane County) to speak at an outreach event for Oregon Governor Kate Brown on July 10th, 2018. He did complete that task but be assured her Chief of Staff was given a detailed description of the Veterans Legacy Project and he was able to convey further information while participating in a hand shake – photos to be posted soon. Suffice it to say, she’s now heard of us!!!!
Vice-President Dan Buckwald has procured many more needed items for Camp Alma – the most recent were a flag pole (check out FB), an 8 burner stove top and a used commercial dish washer amongst others! The kitchen is now looking like it could take on an army in the near future! Can’t wait to get the flag pole installed – we need our flag flying proudly!!!
I mentioned in the last SitRep that University of Oregon had given us captain’s beds (bed with 3 drawers underneath). As always, you have to be careful what you ask for – LOL. Anyway, it was a logistical challenge to move 55 beds from Barnhart Hall on Patterson to the Camp. On Sunday, 7/22, the project began early in the morning. Thanks to some unbelievable feats of strength and stamina, they were moved from the dorm to the staging area. They were then loaded on to a semi with flatbed trailer (thanks to Mark Meyer of Meyer Cattle Company for the rig) by Dan Schmunk (Schmunk’s Tire Center in Springfield) operating the fork lift. Thanks to Dan as well. Amazingly, it all came together and the load was then transported to Camp Alma and unloaded on the sidewalks. Then last weekend all beds were stowed in a modular until needed as we build up the census over time. Special thanks to Renard Wiseman, Mackie Knight, John Talley, and T.J. Talley who were definitely the workhorses. Melissa Wiseman kept them all organized and thanks to her for a great breakfast last weekend!
The work weekend last weekend also continued to restore the #1 greenhouse and all that’s left is to “skin” it! Need the right temperature combination to do this effectively but very soon we’ll complete this project!
We have added two new BOD members. Jane Hart, recently retired from the Oregon State Developmental Disabilities office and Bud Fitzgerald, retired federal prosecuting attorney and West Point graduate and Army veteran. Thanks to you both for lending your enthusiasm and expertise!
On July 21st, Dr. LeBow attended a PTSD symposium put on by the Sticka Foundation. Many excellent lectures presented. Dr. LeBow and Jason Coutts of Service Support Dogs – he will provide our Vets with the opportunity to train their own service dog at Camp Alma- presented on using horses and dogs in therapy.
The second annual Veterans Legacy Poker Run was held on August 4th. Great day for a ride – there were about 50 bikes and 80 participants. Great food at the American Legion Post 83 on River Road. A monster thank you to John Hampton for ramrodding this event – it’s getting bigger and better every year!!!
All for Now!! Keep spreading the word about Veterans Legacy – seems like for all the media attention good old word of mouth is the best!
John LeBow, President Board of Directors
November 9, 2018 – Formal Camp Alma Dedication