When Chuck Hemmingway, Executive Director of the Central Oregon Veteran's Outreach retires at the end of the month, he's leaving a legacy of good accomplishments.
Hemmingway says they have improved the living conditions for many homeless vets; but the biggest obstacle for vets today: "Well, for the returning veterans, finding jobs and finding housing and finding employers who are willing to take a chance on a veteran. A lot of the young people that are coming back from having served are finding it difficult to convince employers that the job skills that they had in the military are translatable into jobs in the workplace."
Hemmingway says they are also working with the Oregon Legislature to get regulations that help returning vets get various licenses by using their work experience in the service.
Hemmingway's successor with the COVO is Allison Perry, someone many veterans already know because she was a counselor for vets at one time.