Using a Wall to Help Support Veterans
Shortly after the wall started to travel, people wanted to help by giving donations.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – Students and staff at Umpqua Community College (UCC) were recently given the opportunity to observe the Oregon Memorial Traveling Wall. The committee behind this project believes in honoring those who are no longer with us, and helping the veterans who live in our community. One way they plan to help is with The Oregon Memorial Traveling Wall Scholarship.
The wall was brought to campus by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Umpqua Valley Chapter 805. It holds about 1,200 Oregon veteran’s names. Roughly 759 names are from the Vietnam War alone. Other names included are from Iraq, Panama, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Storm. The intent behind this wall is to help friends and families affected by these wars. Inspiration came from the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C, and another traveling memorial wall located in Tennessee.
Many local businesses and clubs helped put this wall together. Shortly after the wall started to travel, people wanted to help by giving donations. Because this is a non-profit project, they found a way to put the money to good use while still assisting veterans.
“We don’t want to keep the donations,” Terry Mooney, the president and committee chair for VVA Chapter 805, said. “We want to help our community.”
The chapter created the Oregon Memorial Traveling Wall Scholarship. It has been around for three years. This year, two veterans will be selected to receive $500 scholarships.
“We really hope to help veterans receive a secondary education,” Mooney said. “We have people serve, and when they come home they are raising families, looking for jobs, and some have health issues. This scholarship gives those veterans the opportunity to go to college and continue getting an education.”
“When I came back from serving, my college classes were $34 dollars including books,” Peter Reza, a chapter and committee member, said. “I was given about $400 a month to help me and that’s what we want to do for these veterans. We want to help them afford an education.”
Recipients can receive this scholarship multiple times. To download the application, click here.
Article by Katelyn Barry, UCC student
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Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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