City Club of Eugene: Expanding Veterans Services in Lane County

Nov 13, 2017

Recorded On: November 10, 2017

Air Date: November 13, 2017

In Lane County there are approximately 30,000 military veterans. Public support for veterans is high. Oregon voters recently approved a measure to increase funding for veteran’s services, and the Veterans Administration opened a new facility locally: the VA Eugene Healthcare Center on Chad Drive. As a new group of veterans from wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan transition back to civilian life, they face a different set of challenges. What does this mean for Lane County veterans?

Joseph Reiley, Lane County Veterans Services Program Supervisor, gives us an update.

In addition to more traditional government programs, the Veterans Legacy Project has taken over the Lane County Forest Work Camp with the aim of developing a therapeutic environment for veterans in the Coast Range. The Project will provide alternative therapy for vets with post-traumatic stress disorder and other adjustment disorders, and will provide supportive care of substance abuse. Dr. John Lebow, a member of the Veterans Legacy Project Board of Directors, tells us about their efforts.

Speaker Biographies:

Joseph Reiley is the Lane County Veterans Services Program Coordinator. He grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Lafayette College. He moved to Oregon to attend law school. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995, he performed a year of service with AmeriCorps-NorthWest Service Academy in Trout Lake, Washington. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Robert Herndon, Clackamas County Circuit Court, he worked for Multnomah Defenders, Inc., and then in private practice in Lane County. He has been the Lane County Veterans Services program supervisor since 2003 and was President of the Oregon County Veterans Service Officer Association from 2009 – 2012.

Dr. John LeBow is a Board Member for the Veterans Legacy Project. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate education at Kansas State University in 1972. He completed his D.O. degree at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1980, followed by three years in Public Health Services in rural Michigan. He assumed the job of Director of the Family Practice Residency at Riverside Hospital from 1984 -1987. After working full-time for a year in the emergency room, he headed west in 1988 to do family practice in Aurora, Colorado. He moved to Eugene-Springfield in 1998. Dr. LeBow has been board certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine since 1980.

Program Coordinator: Marty Wilde

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