Here’s an interesting story my

by Nathan Hamm on 9/7/2003

Here’s an interesting story my dad pointed me to. If you want an idea
of how bad the economy is, National Guardsmen in Oregon are volunteering to go to Iraq because they have no other work.

Adding to that is Douglas County’s high unemployment rate.
Going to Iraq means money and employment for soldiers possibly
struggling to find jobs. Within Charlie Company, four soldiers were
affected by the closure of Roseburg Forest Products plywood plant in
Green. All four have volunteered to go to Iraq.
Shaw said layoffs or not, many of the men would have volunteered to go
anyway. But the poor economy makes the decision a little easier.
“Guys are going to go ’cause they’re soldiers and it’s cool and because
it’s work,” Strong said.
The Oregon Army National Guard has been running ads in local newspapers
asking retired or inactive servicemen from all branches of the military
to join the Oregon Guard and go to Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd
Infantry.


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