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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.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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