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Oregon Veterans Open Nonprofit To Bring Hope To Other Veterans


In this April 7, 2017, photo, Patrick Wright, 38, left, stands with Kyle Brown, 26, in front of Operation Rebuild Hope's office in North Bend, Oregon. The two U.S. Marine veterans' nonprofit aims to assist veterans with construction projects and by making services more easily accessible. They say they hope to begin building a small community of "micro" homes somewhere within North Bend or Coos Bay city limits over the next few years.

In this April 7, 2017, photo, Patrick Wright, 38, left, stands with Kyle Brown, 26, in front of Operation Rebuild Hope's office in North Bend, Oregon. The two U.S. Marine veterans' nonprofit aims to assist veterans with construction projects and by making services more easily accessible. They say they hope to begin building a small community of "micro" homes somewhere within North Bend or Coos Bay city limits over the next few years.

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For Patrick Wright, 38, a Marshfield graduate and former U.S. Marine of 14 years, hope comes in the form of action.

Wright’s local nonprofit, which he began with fellow Coos Bay native and former marine Kyle Brown, 26, Operation Rebuild Hope, aims to assist veterans once they leave the armed forces through building projects, community activism and providing a sense of purpose for those lacking one.

“When you get out, you don’t really have a path to go on,” Brown said. “In the military, we are given a path and instructions of where to go and when. But once you get out, it’s like ‘good luck you are on your own now’ and some kind of fall by the wayside.”

It’s a reality that many veterans face upon returning to civilian life and one that Wright has experienced firsthand.

Read more at The World.

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