Oregon National Guard Launches Fort Oregon Network of Care Statewide

10/15/2010
Oregon National Guard

The State of Oregon has formally launched the Fort Oregon Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families in each of its 36 counties. The Fort Oregon launch was the feature presentation of a large statewide meeting on outreach and reintegration, with more than 200 persons in attendance.

The Fort Oregon Web site was greeted with rave reviews by the many service members, veterans, and agencies in attendance. Participating in the launch were both of Oregon's U.S. senators. The event also was attended by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.

"This Web site, Fort Oregon, is incredible," said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "Really, my jaw was dropping as they were going through the different features of the site. It has every possible aspect of services and information that are relevant to someone returning from overseas, coming back, trying to get their feet on the ground."

"This is a chance to make sure that all of our soldiers know just how grateful we are for their contributions," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "And with one stop, they can get the help that they deserve."

Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie of the Oregon National Guard developed a terrific short film summarizing the event (above) and the Fort Oregon Network of Care.

Bruce Bronzan, one of the co-founders of the Network of Care project, praised Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon National Guard, for putting together a great team to develop the Fort Oregon sites.

"Oregon cares a great deal about the well-being of its returning service members and is being very aggressive in reaching out to them with the very best of information," Bronzan said. "It is an honor to work with the Guard leadership here."

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