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Dining Out This Veterans Day Weekend Can Support Veterans Health - 11/05/18

November 5, 2018




Area Restaurants Are Donating Proceeds to Improve Veterans Mental and Physical Health

Portland, OR – This Veterans Day weekend, area restaurant goers can join the Returning Veterans Project (RVP) for a fundraiser to benefit post-9/11 veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Fourteen area restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds earned from November 9 through 11 to ensure local veterans can access free, confidential mental and physical health care.

“It isn’t widely known that 50 percent of veterans aren’t using health care offered by the Veterans Administration,” says Bethany Walmsley, Executive Director of the Returning Veterans Project. “RVP’s free services meet veterans where they are and help them adjust back to normal life after military service. We are thrilled to team up with restaurants in the metro area and beyond to show our veterans that their community is grateful and supportive of their service to our country.”

The Returning Veterans Project will use proceeds from the Chow Down for Vets fundraiser to connect veterans with free mental health counseling, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care and more! Oregon and Southwest Washington have over 46,000 post-9/11 veterans. RVP addresses significant challenges experienced by these veterans. A March 2018 US Department of Veterans Affairs report reveals that 35.9% of post-9/11 veterans have a service-connected disability yet they use VA health care less than all other veterans.   

 “A simple gesture, like dining out to raise money for the health and wellbeing of our local veterans, is a great way to help bridge a gap in our community,” says Walmsley.

From, Bend, Eugene, and Corvallis, to Portland and Vancouver, dine out this Veterans Day Weekend to show your support for our local veterans. Find the full list of participating restaurants at

About the Returning Veterans Project. Established in 2005, the Returning Veterans Project (RVP) supports the healing and health of our veterans and military communities by connecting post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families with mental and physical health services. RVP clients access individualized care from a network of highly-qualified volunteer providers without any fees or strings attached. Last year, volunteer mental and physical health care professionals provided 3,948 hours of free, confidential services to 377 veterans and service members, and to 81 family members, couples, and family groups.


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