By Nancy Pine, Case Manager, WestCare Oregon/VETcare Transitional Program
On November 6, VETcare had the honor of being one of the recipients of proceeds from The Second Annual Corvallis Spirits Fest. The event was presented by 4 Spirits Distillery, who invited us to attend and represent VETcare at one of their exhibitor tables.
Dawson Officer established 4 Spirits Distillery in 2011 and named it as a tribute to four combat soldiers that he served within the Oregon National Guard 2 Battalion, 162 Infantry Brigade: Lt. Erik McCrae, Sgt. Justin Linden, Sgt. Justin Eyerly, and Sgt. David Roustum. These four men lost their lives in 2004/2005 serving in Baghdad, Iraq. There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t see their faces and think about their loss, and the events before and after their service to this country. You can find out more about 4 Spirits, their mission, and their commitment to local Veterans by visiting www.4spiritsdistillery.com.
This year, the Corvallis Spirits Fest recognized five Veterans organizations to share the proceeds from this event. Our fellow organizations that were honored were: Combat Hero Bike Build, Operation Rebuild Hope, Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), and Western Oregon University’s Veteran Scholarship Fund.
Following the event, each organization was presented with $2,481.00 each to support their continued services. We were humbled and honored to be chosen as a beneficiary on this important night.