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Veteran’s Club provides camaraderie, opportunities for service members

Francisco Flores (left) working with John Bella work on a class assignment.

Francisco Flores (left) working with John Bella work on a class assignment.

Story & Photo By Mike Boni

For those returning to civilian life after military service, stress is a hurdle that far too often can seem insurmountable.

The Veteran’s Club of Chemeketa looks to give veterans a leg up in clearing that bar.

“We have our meetings as an outlet of support for older and more recent vets,” John Bella, a U.S. Army veteran, said.

“At the Tuesday night meetings, we discuss educational and medical problems, and we have a great adviser in Lupe Reyna, who’s qualified to answer anything pertaining to Vets.”

Reyna is Chemeketa’s veterans services coordinator.

From providing comradeship, to providing academic help, to discussing the stresses that veterans may find themselves experiencing, the club supports its members in many ways.

“Tuesday night we have movies with popcorn and occasionally pizza and interesting conversations with fellow vets concerning, families, stress, and current events,” Caleb Hyde, a U.S. Navy veteran, said.

“The continuing camaraderie is important when over 20 vets are committing suicide a week.”

Members of the club hope that their efforts can help to keep this number from rising and are open to all who are interested in helping returning veterans.

For more information about the club, contact Reyna at 503-399-5004.

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