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ROSEBURG, Ore. - In the second of three consecutive rallies, the Vietnam Veterans of America Umpqua Valley Chapter 805 gathered in downtown Roseburg on Jackson St. to show their support for the staff at the Roseburg VA Hospital on Tuesday, January 23.
Veterans said with everything the VA has been going through, they wanted to show support and put out something positive instead of all the negative they said they've been seeing.
”This all is based on veterans, so we’re just hoping that we can get the word out that, hey, there’s two sides of every story. And we need to get some more positive in there instead of negative," said Terry Mooney, president of the Umpqua Valley Chapter 805.
Mooney said they support every employee at the VA and especially support director Doug Paxton. They feel he's doing a great job and they're happy with the way the VA has been running.
Mooney said they're frustrated that more veterans weren't involved in the processes during both investigation of the VA and elimination of some of the staff. He said that doesn't seem just since veterans are the ones most affected by the hospital.
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He said this is not a protest, and shouldn't be viewed as such, but just a show of support and a bit of positivity among negativity.
Their first rally was on Diamond Lake Blvd on Monday, January 22, and they'll also be holding a third rally on Garden Valley Blvd on Wednesday, January 24, at 11am.