Vietnam helicopter pilot  Tom Davis in front of traveling Vietnam wall

Vietnam War helicopter pilot Lt. Col. Tom Davis of Roseburg in front of the traveling Vietnam War Wall at the Roseburg National Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend.

Umpqua Community College is hosting a resource fair for veterans next week which will feature the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall.

The half-day event is scheduled to take place at the college’s campus from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Student veterans created the event, said UCC spokeswoman Tiffany Coleman in a press release. The fair is intended to “honor their fellow brothers and sister who served in our country’s military,” she said.

The three-hour event will offer a variety of resources to help local veterans, including from the Oregon Employment Department, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing.

Other resources will include educational and mental health resources, a chaplain, and representation from the Umpqua Community Action Network and Valiant Seed, a nonprofit organization that offers homes to at-risk veterans.

In addition to the resources, the event will host the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall managed by the Vietnam Veterans of America Umpqua Valley Charter 805.

The wall travels around the state to different functions in a 21-foot trailer. It takes volunteers about an hour to assemble it at each location.

Retired Lt. Col. Tom Davis told The News-Review in May that the wall was constructed to honor Oregon’s soldiers.

“It was built strictly for soldiers from Oregon that were killed in the Vietnam War, and the two panels on each side includes the Oregon soldiers that died in Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and other conflicts in what has been called the sandlot wars,” he said.

The wall will be located outside of the Bonnie J. Ford Health, Nursing, and Science Center located on the main college campus from Oct. 11 through Oct. 13.

Gerald Ryan, a student, military veteran, and president of the Veterans of UCC Club who is helping organize the fair said he is excited about the event and honored that the traveling wall would be included.

“The names on (the wall) are the men and woman who have made veterans care and benefits the way they are today,” he said.

Ian Campbell can be reached at or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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