When Japanese bombs began falling on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class David Russell first sought refuge below deck on the USS Oklahoma. But a split-second decision on that December morning 80 years ago changed his mind, and likely saved his life.
“Too often Veterans Day turns into a hymn of praise for war,” he said. “From my standpoint, war is overall not a very good thing. It ought to be a last resort, so let’s not celebrate it. Let’s celebrate the people who participated.”
On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, at a time when many veterans are troubled by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the stresses of the pandemic, advocates have a message for those struggling with mental health: Help is available.
For years, residents of Sandy Studios, a publicly-funded apartment complex for formerly homeless veterans in Northeast Portland, say their steady stream of complaints about the condition of the building went unheeded - until they became impossible to ignore.