The public is invited to the debut of the Veteran Healing Memorial at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Jefferson County Community Center.
"The memorial is dedicated to veterans, service personnel and their extended families," said Sean Stanfill, retired 1st sergeant from U.S. Army Armored Cavalry and Oregon National Guard.
The mission of the memorial is "working together to promote the well-being of our service members and veterans by remembering the loss of life on the battlefield and in our community."
"We are recognizing the problem among that group of people, which is suicide," said Stanfill. "It's an ongoing tragedy, and it's getting worse.'
"Every 65 minutes, a veteran or service personnel commits suicide; that is 22 a day," he said. "Just off the USS George Bush, in the last month or so, three sailors committed suicide, and two weeks prior, an additional one commit suicide."
Organizers are seeking tax-deductible donations for a memorial bench or flag pole. For more information, contact Louise Muir, who manages the community center (formerly the Jefferson County Senior Center), at 541-475-1148. The Jefferson County Community Center is located at 860 SW Madison St.
"A host of people have contributed to the effort," said Stanfill, "and they haven't done it out of compulsion; they've done it out of compassion."
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