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Group storms obstacles to veterans

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Jim White takes a spin at winning a surefire prize from supporters of Vets Serving Vets, a new organization in Lincoln County that provides emotional and financial aid to veterans. Rooting for the former Marine and U.S. Army soldier were, left to right, Janet Shinner of Lakeview Assisted Living, Katie Lundgren of Senior Disability Services, Ishah Rhoades of Pacific Northwest Counseling, Holly Terlson of RSVP, Monica White of Bayside at South Beach and Monica Valencia of Pacific West Ambulance. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

NEWPORT — For many veterans, getting the services they earned in a combat zone is like fighting another war.

Surly receptionists, insurmountable paperwork and understaffed health clinics often demoralize and defeat veterans before they get the help to which they are entitled, according to former Depoe Bay mayor Jim White.

“As veterans ourselves, we know that oftentimes a veteran can’t even talk to anybody else other than another veteran,” said White, an Army and Marine veteran who is one of the founders of a new group determined to level the obstacles facing Lincoln County veterans. “We’re here to say we know what you’re going through.”

For the complete article see the 05-30-2014 issue.

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