Eugene, Oregon to Veterans: “Thanks and welcome home.”

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With leaders from across the country gathered in Boston for NLC’s Congress of Cities, about 40 people joined a conversation about housing for veterans with disabilities.

The City Manager of Eugene, OR, Jon Ruiz, discussed his city’s Veterans Housing Project. From his personal experience in helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Jon spoke about the need for local leadership, identifying a coordinating agent in the community, and using existing efforts and/or social structures to help better serve veterans.

We had the opportunity to interview Jon. His insights are pragmatic guides for how cities can directly help veterans and their families by focusing on their housing needs.

Watch the interview and read more about what is happening in Eugene.