Civil Air Patrol member Nick Henry receives the flag from the coffin of Stevenson L. Roy, who passed away Dec. 16 in Portland. Roy was a homeless Vietnam veteran. No family could be located, but he was buried Jan. 25 by Dignity Memorial members in Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors. (Photo by Ken Hawkins)
By Joanne Zuhl, Staff writer
Stevenson L. Roy was not the first, and sadly, he will not be the last. But on Jan. 25, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Roy became a milestone. He was the 1,000th veteran laid to rest through a national program to fund indigent or homeless soldiers burials.
He died Dec. 16 in Portland and was buried with full military honors in Willamette National Cemetery. Taps was played, a 21-gun salute was delivered, and the flag was folded with precision.
There are more than 1,300 homeless veterans across Oregon, a disproportionate percentage to the population as a whole. In Multnomah County, veterans comprise 12 percent of the homeless population, according to 2011 count, but only 9 percent of the general population.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, with the motto, “Standing for those who stood for us.” (Photo by Ken Hawkins)
The presses are rolling with the latest edition of Street Roots. Rain or shine — and who can predict these days — your friendly neighborhood vendor will stocked with the new issue early Friday morning. So don’t forget to pack a dollar for the best deal in town. Here’s what’s rolling now:
Manufacturing a new community: Is turning manufactured housing parks into resident-owned cooperatives the key to preserving Oregon’s largest stock of affordable housing?
In memoriam: A moving series of images from the funeral of Stevenson L. Roy, a homeless Vietnam veteran laid to rest in Portland with full military honors.
Families in need stretch Oregon’s safety net: The state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is beyond capacity, reaching it’s highest enrollment since the program began in 1997. But relief is nowhere in sight.
Portland Afoot is getting around: An interview with Michael Andersen, the man behind Portland Afoot, the city’s “10-minute” transportation magazine.
Plus, new commentaries by Mayor Sam Adams, Leo Rhodes, and the Western States Center, with a refreshing dose of poetry from the streets. It’s all coming your way Friday and still only $1! Thank you for your support!
The new year has gotten off to a great start for Street Roots vendors, thanks to all of you who bought the paper from our hardworking guys and gals. A new paper is at the press now, and will be rolling your way tomorrow morning. Here’s what’s on deck:
A long way from home: Soldiers return from the battlefields to do combat against unemployment, health care needs and the looming specter of poverty and homelessness. A special international report from the Street News Service and Street Roots.
Mark White: The latest in our series of interviews with Portland City Council candidates. Jake Thomas talks with Mark about housing, East Portland and his experience in City Hall.
Movers, shakers and moneymakers: How Portland’s leading mayoral candidates are stacking up financially in a return to high-priced races. Janice Thompson with Common Cause Oregon explains the trends in campaign donations.
Plus, a profile of vendor Saul Cortes and a look into the life of a Russian counterpart in St. Petersburg. There’s commentary by Neighborhood Partnerships on upcoming actions in the State Legislature, plus poetry and more. Pick up a copy and join us in celebrating the first Street Roots of 2012!