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New Veterans' Home Community Center Opens in The Dalles
Press Release
Dec. 5, 2011

THE DALLES -
The Oregon Veterans' Home hosted a dedication ceremony on Dec. 2, to commemorate the new Stan and Jean Adams Veterans' Community Center located at the Home.
 
More than 100 residents and employees of the Home joined the celebration where they were addressed by State Rep. John Huffman, The Dalles Mayor Jim Wilcox, Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon, Westcare Management Senior Vice President Van Moore and ODVA Director Jim Willis. Congressman Greg Walden addressed the audience by recorded video to commemorate the center's opening. 
 
After the dedication, attendees enjoyed a concert performance by the singing trio, Two Sisters and a Mister.
 
The community center was a much needed addition to the Home.  Developed by the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), the $3 million, 9,300 square foot center will provide a space for resident activities including group events, computer use, widescreen television viewing, theater and musical entertainment.
 
Funds for the community center were made possible through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Construction Grant program.  Veterans' Home residents Leo "Bud" Hammel and John Sullivan donated the money necessary to purchase the furnishings in the lounge and library areas.  All the furniture was purchased through Hampton Furniture in The Dalles.
 
The new center is named for a former resident of the Home, Stanley T. Adams and his wife Jean.  Adams was a World War II enlisted soldier who received the military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in the Korean War.
 
Jean Adams, also a World War II veteran, volunteered her time to the Home, both while her husband resided there, and after his death in 1999.  After her passing in 2008, Jean donated Stan's Medal of Honor to the Home and left a generous contribution from their estate.  The Medal of Honor is proudly displayed in the Home's main lobby area.
 
Opened in the fall of 1997, the Home can care for as many as 151 residents who need long-term skilled nursing, Alzheimer's and memory-related care.  This care is available to veterans, their spouses and parents of children who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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