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Not everyone is having a joyous holiday.   Some of the challenges facing the troops returning home from the Middle East may surprise you.   The unemployment rate in Oregon is about 12%, but it's much higher for returning vets. “About three times that right now. Especially for those who have been deployed in recent years, so it's tough for them to get that job.” Mike Allegere with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs says the other major issue is post traumatic stress: “Anytime you are in or even near a war zone, you don't even have to be taking shots at you.   You can be near the action and still have some sort of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) problem.” Allegere says many times returning vets, both men and women will hide the problem because they want to get back with their families.   His advice is get help before you get your family involved.

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Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.