EUGENE, Ore. — Returning to civilian life after serving in the military is difficult, but the Veterans’ Housing Project is trying to make the transition easier.
It all started back in May, but five months later one Eugene house is finally ready for a well deserving veteran to move in.
A large group gathered outside the Bethel home on Echo Hollow Road as city leaders and project volunteers presented Garrett Jubie with a beautifully remodeled home.
Jubie had to compete for the opportunity, but he passed the interviews and now he and his girlfriend, Katie, can call the refurbished house a home. Jubie says it’s hard to put into words exactly how much this means to him.
“I wish this opportunity was available to everyone because it’s absolutely amazing, and for all the soldiers who didn’t get to come home, I guess this is something for them also,” Jubie said.
Jubie will get to live in the house for up to two years, with low rent, which is intended to provide an easier transition back into life after the military.
He says he looks forward to volunteering on the next Veterans’ Housing Project and providing this opportunity for another vet just like him.
There’s a second house that was built just around the corner from Jubie’. The Veterans’ Housing Project is still deciding who’s going to move in to that one.