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Veteran Gets New Home For The Holidays

Tiffany Eckert

A soldier, his wife and five kids will experience the holiday season in a new home-- thanks to a veterans housing program in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited the family and has this report.

Recently, military veteran Logan Murrill and his wife Rebecca were renting a house in Oakridge. But it was being sold and they had to move. Logan called Lane County Veteran’s Services.

Logan Murrill: ”We weren’t expecting a house or anything. We were just wondering if there were some volunteers who could help us pack.”

The VA got the Murrills in touch with St. Vincent De Paul’s veteran housing coordinator and…

Logan Murrill: ”It happened within about two and a half weeks. So it was just absolutely wonderful and completely unexpected.”

Now, just in time for Thanksgiving, the Murrills and their five children are in this spacious new home in south Eugene. It was fully renovated by volunteers of the Veteran’s Housing Project. (a collaboration of private, public and nonprofit organizations.) The family will receive affordable housing for up to two years.

Holding their 17 month old son in their new living room, Rebecca Murrill lists what makes her thankful.

Rebecca Murrill: ” We love the neighborhood. Everybody’s been so kind and the schools are fabulous. We love everything. Even the deer come down in our yard. It’s so nice.”

Credit Tiffany Eckert
Logan and Rebecca Murrill with their son on the back deck of their new home.

At the new Murrill household on Monday (11/25/14), local owners of  Carl’s Jr. franchises (Joe and Cathleen Karcher.) presented Veteran's Housing Project with a check for $10,000. The money was raised for “Stars for Heroes,” a nationwide, customer-based fundraising program for vets.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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