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Nonprofit dedicates land for veterans treatment center in Veneta

Hundreds of people made it out to Veneta to celebrate the new treatment center "Camp Alma" on Friday.

Posted: Nov 9, 2018 6:51 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2018 11:46 PM

VENETA, Ore. – A nonprofit that helps veterans heal recently celebrated becoming the owners of a large piece of land in Veneta, which was given to them by Lane County.

Hundreds of people made it out to Veneta to celebrate the new treatment center "Camp Alma" on Friday that will be run by Veterans Legacy, which focuses on providing integrated treatment for veterans in a rural setting.

Staff with the nonprofit said the 105 acres of land they now own will be a great way to provide treatment for up to 50 veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other medical needs.

KEZI 9 News spoke with veteran Tom Bortner, who said he is excited for the new facility to open and hopes this will be a place where veterans can get the help they need.

"I think this will be a great brotherhood for them to try to regroup and to get their lives back together and to forget about the past,” Bortner said. “You can't redo it, and you got your whole entire life ahead of you."

Staff with Veterans Legacy said the treatment center will open early next year because there’s still some financial hurdles they need to overcome.

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