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CURRENT PROJECTS

THE 2012 THERAPY GARDEN AT THE MENLO PARK VA FACILITY, CA

PAST PROJECTS

XTREME LANDSCAPE MAKEOVER

Photos of the PTSD/TBI Therapy Garden at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Facility

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AWARDS

March 11th 2010 Presentation of Honorable Service and Sacrifice Medallion to Troops of the 320th PSYOP Co

Chapter 271 presented 75 soldiers of the 320th PSYOP Co "Freedom Medallions,

thanking them individually for their Sacrifices and Honorable Service.

Donors for the 2009 Christmas Trees for Vets & Families

Joel Neuschwander, Neuschwander’s Nursery

(Photos will be here)

Jim Erwin, Misty Firs Tree Farm

(Photos will be here)

Dan Rickel, Rickels Tree Farm

(Photos will be here)

Ken Cook, McKenzie Farms

Palo Alto, CA Therapy Garden Shippers

Greg Brown, ? Hage, Larry Hage, and Ron Morgan, Pres, VVA Ch 271

Hage Bros., Woodburn, Oregon

 

Truck Transport Service, Wilsonville, Oregon

(Photos will be here)

Gulick Freight Service Logistics, Vancouver, Washington

For extraordinary generosity, in  providing transportation for  perishable plant products needed to complete the Veterans’  Therapy Garden at the Palo Alto Veterans’ Healthcare Center in Palo Alto, California, the three companies represented here, are hereby commended for their service to veterans.

CURRENT PROJECTS

THE 2012 THERAPY GARDEN AT THE MENLO PARK VA FACILITY, CA

V V A CHAPTER 271 IS IN THE PROCESS OF COLLECTING AND SHIPPING 8 REFRIGERATED 53 FOOT TRAILERS FULL OF TREES TO A NEW THERAPY GARDEN AT THE VA MENLO PARK HEALTH CARE FACILITY.

MEMBERS OF THE OREGON ASSOCIATION OF NURSERYMEN DONATED THE FINE TREES SHOWN BELOW. BELOW, YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THE SELECTION AND LOADING PROCESS.

THE THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION ON THE MENLO PARK SITE, REMARKED THESE OREGON TREES TREES ARE MAKING THE PLACE LOOK LIKE SHERWOOD FOREST.

WE WILL BE VISITING THE SITE IN OCTOBER AND WILL RETURN WITH MORE PHOTOS.

THERE IS A LOT OF INTEREST IN BEGINNING ANOTHER PROJECT VERY SOON. OUR CHAPTER, WITH V V A CHAPTER 585 IN LEBANON ASSISTING, WILL SOON BE FURNISHING THE LANSCAPE MATERIAL FOR THE LEBANON VETERANS' HOME. THE "GARDEN OF SACRIFICE AND HEALING" WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AT THE HOME, AS WELL.

 

Photos of the PTSD/TBI Therapy Garden at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Facility

PAST PROJECTS

2009Trees for Veterans Christmas Project

By Jaycee Newman, Public Affairs Officer , VVA Chapter 271 Salem, Oregon

Membersof VVA Chapter 271 procured over 400 Christmas trees by Friday November 27th and delivered the first load of trees to the Army Reserve units 320th and 364th in Portland on Saturday November 28th. Two more loads were delivered Wednesday December 2nd at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, where the trees will be passed out to Oregon National Guardsmen and their families.

The “2009 Trees for Veterans Christmas Project” was approved by Chapter 271 members at their November meeting. It is part of a pilot program called “Landscape Trees and Landscaping for our Veterans”, which assists primarily disabled Veterans at this time. The program will expand to all veterans returning from deployment as resources allow.

Ron Morgan, who is also Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans of America Oregon State Council, has been working with other VVA chapters, to give other Vietnam Veterans an opportunity to honor and serve the “new generation” of veterans and their families.

Christmas tree donors that helped make this Christmas tree project possible with their very generous gifts were Jim Erwin with Misty Firs, Dan Rickel with Rickels Tree Farm, and McKenzie Farms all from Estacada and Neuschwander Nursery in Hubbard.


XTREME LANDSCAPE MAKEOVER

Chapter 271, with Associate Members embarked on a bold new project, to honor veterans. We will be doing an "Extreme Landscape Makeover" of the front yard of veteran homeowners as resources provide. Our first candidate was a disabled Vietnam veteran in Salem. His home is shown here.

Mouse over the images to see what his yard looks like now.

We are grateful for the magnificent support of many area nurserymen, Green Acres Landscaping, the Home Depot team on Cherry Street NE, and others who generously donated labor and materials to made this project a reality.

Ron Morgan, President, Ch 271, chapter271president@vva-or.org or 503.931.9555, for information.

At the left, are the members of the Salem/Keizer Home Depot Team that provided the final material to finish the job. Left to right, Lisa Hill, Anna Liese Barnes, James Silky, Courtney Dignam, Debbie Kibodeaux, and not pictured, is Mike Dawson.


Project: Trees for PTSD/TBI Therapy Garden at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Facility

See: http://www.palo-alto.med.va.gov/construction_paloalto.asp

On July 27th, 2009 the first of three semi trucks filled with Oregon Nursery Stock left to be planted at their new home, the Therapy Garden at the VA Health Care Center (VAPAHCS) in Palo Alto, California. VAPAHCS is one of 4 Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers and the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  When Ron Morgan, Secretary of the Oregon State Council and President of Chapter 271 for the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) learned that Oregon Nursery stock would be used in this project he and Chapter 271 volunteered to help in the organizing of the plants needed and in arranging the shipment.  Mr Morgan and Chapter 271 wishes to thank everyone who contributed, with special thanks to Truck Transporation Services of Wilsonville and Gulick Trucking of Vancouver, WA for donating the trucks and freight expense and making this contribution from Oregon possible. 

We’re helping the veterans who are coming home wounded or disabled get the medical care they need. We’re also assisting Gulf War, Afghan War, and Iraq War veterans with benefits counseling and other essential services to help them rebuild their lives after wartime service.

And we’re making sure that VA healthcare and other benefits aren’t the victims of short-sighted budget cuts that forget the service of our new veterans, and neglect the sacrifices they continue to make even after they come home.

Construction on the Therapy Garden was completed in the fall of 2009. Chapter 271 will continue to lead in this effort to provide for the needs of veterans in treatment for TBI and PTSD.

Photos of the completed Garden are at the bottom.

Selection of Trees in Oregon Nurseries to be Shipped to the TBI/PTSD Therapy Garden

 

TBI / PTSD Therapy Garden -First Phase of Construction with Oregon Trees Being Planted

The Therapy Garden is in the background of the first photo, at the Middle Entrance to the Health Care Center

   

 

   

 

These are some views of the completed Therapy Garden showing the Oregon grown trees we provided:

 

NEVER AGAIN SHALL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS FORGET ANOTHER

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