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Oregon eyes own changes to split-verdict law: 'Do we really want to be like Louisiana?'

MAY 12, 2018
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BY JIM MUSTIAN | JMUSTIAN@THEADVOCATE.COM

As in Louisiana, some lawmakers are agitating to change the law with or without the DAs’ support, though the effort is not quite ripe. State Sen. James Manning Jr., a Eugene Democrat, has called on Oregon to "join the other civilized states" in requiring unanimous juries. He told The Advocate he plans to introduce legislation to do that next year.

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The Skanner Endorsements: Experience and Commitment

24 April 2018

As we present this year’s May Primary endorsements, we note an increase in the diversity of candidates. There are six African Americans candidates in Multnomah County, as well as other people of color running for office. In Eugene, for example, James Manning, an outstanding candidate with an excellent record of public service, is running for re-election as a state senator in District 7. We think it is good for the state and city to hear from different viewpoints.

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO-Oregon Endorse Senator James I Manning Jr

This group of current legislators received a 100% rating by AFT-Oregon due to their strong support of our union’s priority issues in recent legislative sessions.

Oregon State Senate
Floyd Prozanski - SD 4 – South Lane, North Douglas
Lee Beyer – SD 6 – Springfield
James Manning, Jr. - SD 7 – Eugene, Junction City
Sara Gelser – SD 8 – Corvallis, Albany
Peter Courtney - SD 11 - Salem
Chuck Riley – SD 15 – Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward – SD 17 – NW Portland, Beaverton
Rob Wagner – Lake Oswego, Tualatin, SW Portland

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“Friend of Nursing: Rising Star Award”

March 22, 2018
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Chris Hewitt

I am just informed that ONA ON-PAC Board has awarded me with a “Friend of Nursing: Rising Star Award”. This award recognizes outstanding support and emerging leadership around public policy issues important to the nursing profession and improving patient outcomes. The award also comes with an ONA endorsement for my 2018 election effort. Thank you ONA and your membership for this unexpected honor. I am humbly grateful.

SEIU CAPE Council Announces Candidate Endorsements for 2018 Primary Elections

MARCH 9, 2018

The CAPE Council, 52 SEIU members elected by the membership to drive our union’s voice in politics, has announced the following endorsements in the 2018 primary elections.

Incumbent Champions
This group of current legislators received an A+ in our 2018 legislative scorecard for their strong support of our union’s priority issues, and for taking extra steps to support our union in contract negotiations or new organizing.

State Senate
Sara Gelser (SD 8 – Corvallis/Albany – Democrat)
James Manning – (SD 7 – Eugene/Junction City – Democrat)

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James Manning is on a Mission

05 March 2018
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Melanie Sevcenko | The Skanner News

Oregon State Sen. Lew Frederick said he’s not surprised by his colleague’s turn into politics. As he sees it, Manning’s military and law enforcement background – coupled by his leadership within various nonprofits and committees – has groomed him for the state legislature.

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Oregon National Guard aeromedical helicopter unit returns to Salem from Middle East

March 5, 2018
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KVAL

Oregon Senator James Manning (SD-7, Eugene), welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, during their demobilization ceremony, March 4, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 70 Soldiers in the unit returned ...

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Oregon Senate backs free parking for 'wounded warriors' Would create placard to not have to plug meters

Mar 02, 2018
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KTVZ.COM

“Hanging in my office at the state Capitol, I have a sign that reads, ‘We support our veterans,’” Sen. James Manning, D-Eugene, who carried the bill in the Senate, said. “I am a veteran myself and there are many who have not lost their lives in service to this country, but they have suffered life-altering impacts. I am proud to bring forward this bipartisan legislation. When we work together, good bills pass.”

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Bill would make parking easier for wounded veterans

February 24, 2018
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Senator James I Manning Jr

Crafting legislation is not an easy process. It can be divisive and heated. However, governing and helping those in need has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Often, good legislation must be introduced in multiple sessions before it gains the support it needs to become a law.

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Senate sends domestic violence loophole bill to Governor HB 4145 is important gun violence prevention legislation to protect survivors of abuse

February 22, 2018
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Rick Osborn

“Being a former police officer, I have investigated a lot of domestic disturbances,” Sen. James
Manning, D-Eugene, said. “This bill is not about Second Amendment rights. This is about
people’s right to life. When you have convicted people of domestic violence and they can go
out and still get and own a gun, then we have a broken system.”

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Congratulations! PCCC has named Sen. James I Manning Jr a Champion

February 20, 2018
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Amanda Pittman

Hi James ,

Congratulations! You have been named to the 2018 Champions List by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee!

We’re honoring candidates around the country who are committed to taking on economic and social inequality and fighting for the needs of working families. We want to recognize your leadership by highlighting your race to our million grassroots members.

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Senator Manning is proud to sponsor Senate Bill 1531

February 6, 2018
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Kevin Cronin

SB 1531: Relating to law enforcement officers
Senator Manning is proud to sponsor Senate Bill 1531, which requires law enforcement officers to meet with a mental health professional to promote mental and emotional support. The current law requires police officers that are involved in the use of deadly or/and physical force to meet with a mental health professional. This bill would require all law enforcement officers to meet with a mental health professional once every two years in addition to the mental health sessions required after the use of physical and/or deadly force. Senator Manning’s experience in law enforcement and the military has given him first-hand experience of the importance of mental health in these stressful jobs. Watch the video below of his testimony.

https://youtu.be/2050348zKig

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Fallout from groping allegations looms as Oregon Legislature to convene

February 02, 2018
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GORDON R. FRIEDMAN

The committee’s other Democrat, Sen. James Manning of Eugene, said members have not yet been presented with evidence gathered by the investigator. Manning said the investigation is ongoing and that he’s made an effort to reserve judgment until the results are available. “I have made it a point to avoid conversation or communicating with anyone about this,” he said.

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Dancing Backwards and in Heels

FEBRUARY 1, 2018
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DIANE DIETZ

Alonso León, for example, spoke with authority during the Cover All Kids bill debate when she described the pain of an immigrant mother who couldn’t afford to take a sick child to a doctor.

“People with a lot of means would never experience that, so they wouldn’t know,” Manning says.

“It’s heartbreaking. I grew up very poor. I didn’t have access to medical insurance or anything like that. Our thing was, stay healthy. Don’t get sick. If something happens you go to the emergency room. You get patched up and you went back out and healed the best that you could.”

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NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Announces Early Endorsements for Champions of Historic Reproductive Rights Bill Proud Recognition of Pro-Choice Leaders Following 2017’s Reproductive Health Equity Act

January 17, 2018

Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon said, “With their support for the Reproductive Health Equity Act, these elected leaders put the right to legal abortion into state law for the first time in Oregon’s history. As the Trump Administration and other states work to undermine these rights and limit access and coverage of abortion, contraceptives, and reproductive health care, Oregon legislators worked courageously to protect and empower all women and families in their districts.”
State Senate

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (SD17)
Senator James Manning (SD7)
Senator Lee Beyer (SD6)

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Vote 'Yes' on 101 Hundreds of community organizations support Measure 101

JANUARY 11, 2018
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KELLY KENOYER

At the Junction City town hall, Manning seemed similarly exasperated about this measure’s coming to a vote. “Voting ‘yes’ just agrees with what had already been done,” he said. “Everyone had approved it, bipartisan, the hospitals, everyone!”

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Upcoming town hall, forums will cover health care vote

JANUARY 4, 2018
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CORINNE BOYER, MAX THORNBERRY

A “yes” vote will allow the funding to go into effect. A “no” vote could result in as many as 350,000 Oregonians losing their health care, according to state Sen. James Manning, a Democrat representing District 7 in Lane County.

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Oregon State Senator Manning Announces Re-Election Bid

November 20, 2017
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Brian Bull

State Senator James Manning is running again. The Eugene Democrat’s re-election campaign formally kicked off this weekend.

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Veterans Day observance in Eugene honors service, addresses new challenges

November 12, 2017
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Christian Hill

The event’s keynote speaker, state Sen. James Manning, a retired Amy sergeant major and former drill sergeant, noted the myriad of challenges facing some of today’s veterans: a suicide rate higher than the civilian population; an increased opioid addiction rate; and uncertainty surrounding veterans’ benefits.

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Veterans Day Newsletter

November 8, 2017

As Veterans Day approaches, I want to take a moment to honor the men and women who have served our country.

To all our service men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed to serve our country, I say: Thank you.

There are more than 325,000 veterans who call Oregon home. They are our friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers. I believe that Oregon has a responsibility to support our service men and women, and their families, especially as they return home and prepare to enter the workforce. I’m proud to say that in the 2017 Legislative Session, my colleagues and I passed several bills to help veterans and their families. Oregon’s veterans have made many sacrifices serving our country, and these laws help us honor their service by providing veterans with greater opportunities and resources.

Bills passed in the 2017 Legislative Session that support veterans include:

HB 5039 Implementing Increased Veterans Funding

In 2016, Oregon voters passed Measure 96, which amended Oregon’s constitution to direct 1.5 percent of net lottery proceeds into a Veterans’ Services Fund to provide services for the benefit of veterans. As a result, the 2017-19 budget for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs implements Measure 96 by increasing the agency’s budget for the previous biennium, including the $18.7 million from lottery revenue funding. HB 5039 creates the largest funding package for veteran services in our state’s history.

SB 129 Task Force for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Senate Bill 129 creates a task force to study and make recommendations about the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly for veterans. This task force will include members of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as medical professionals. The task force will be responsible for identifying the best treatments and possible funding for treatment of PTSD. This bill will improve the treatment of PTSD in Oregon by setting guidelines for creating such a task force.

SB 143 Expanding Resources for Veterans in Higher Education
This bill focuses on helping veterans transition from military life to college and beyond. Senate Bill 143 establishes and expands the resources offered to veterans on community college and public university campuses. This includes employing campus veteran resource coordinators to assist and act as advocates for veterans enrolled in college or university. This bill will help Oregon’s veterans pursue and achieve educational goals.

SB 993 Purple Heart Recognition
The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to members of the armed forces who are wounded in action. More than 21,000 Oregonians are eligible for the Purple Heart. Senate Bill 993 recognizes the sacrifices these men and women gave for our country, and designates Aug. 7 of every year as Purple Heart Recognition Day.

HB 2220 Helping Veterans Earn a High School Diploma
House Bill 2220 removes an outdated requirement barring veterans from receiving a high school diploma if they have not received a GED or post-secondary degree. Under House Bill 2220, veterans may obtain high school diplomas if they did not complete high school as a result of their service.

Thank you for joining me this month in honoring our veterans and their service to our country.

I look forward to returning to the Capitol in the 2018 Legislative Session to continue fighting for veterans and their families. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please don’t hesitate to call my District office 541.632.4163 or Capitol office 503.986.1707.

Best wishes,

James I. Manning Jr

Jasper Mountain 35th Anniversary

OCT. 31, 2017
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Register Guard

Guests will include Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Sen. James Manning and Rep. John Lively from the state Legislature; Craig Opperman, president and CEO of Looking Glass; Brian Megert of the Springfield School District; and the UO basketball team.

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New parents surprised by no-cause eviction notice

Saturday, October 21st 2017
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KVAL

EUGENE, Ore. - According to an Oregon legislator, "no-cause" evictions are not a rarity, and it happened recently to a Eugene couple who were about to become parents.

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JAMES MANNING: I'M NOT A POLITICIAN; I'M A PUBLIC SERVANT.

October 18, 2017
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Northwest Health Foundation

His advice to others who are think about running for office: It has to be about helping people, not about personal gain. Visit places that don’t feel familiar to you. Visit schools. Pay attention to the kids huddled outside, waiting for their first meal of the day. Build up name recognition, and then just do it.

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Statement by Sen. James Manning on Clean Energy Jobs Bill

October 18, 2017
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Rick Osborn

SALEM – Sen. James Manning, D-Eugene, released the following statement today regarding the progress of the Oregon Clean Energy Jobs bill:

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Oregon state senators push for universal health care

October 11, 2017
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Dylan Plummer

When asked about the bill by the Eugene Weekly, Manning responded “[It’s] a good bill to for us to move forward on, we can certainly make it better, but we have to make a move on it because the uncertainty that’s going on in Washington D.C. has me really concerned.”

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Register Guard Local Community News

September 14, 2017

State Sen. James Manning of Eugene will take part in a demonstration of how quickly a closed vehicle heats up.

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Weekend Event Champions Pet Safety And Protection

September 2017
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Brian Bull

State Senator James Manning will sit in a car with the windows rolled up, to demonstrate how hot it can get for pets or kids left alone.

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Senator James Manning is the 2017 AFL-CIO Rookie of the Year

September 10, 2017
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AFL-CIO

State Senator James Manning (Senate District 7) was named 2017 Rookie of the Year for being a strong voice for workers in the Senate Democratic Caucus and because his lived experience is reflected by his advocacy for working peoples’ values in the legislature.

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James Manning to Seek Full Term in Oregon Senate

September 7, 2017
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Tom Power

SALEM, Oregon—Senator James I. Manning Jr. announced he will seek election to a full term in the Oregon Senate and officially filed to run today. In the 2017 Session, Senator Manning fought to keep the Junction City Hospital open and secured state funding for many local projects that will create good-paying jobs, such as the Knight Science Campus, the Civic Stadium rebuild, and a health care facility for Lane Community College. He serves as Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government.

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Oregon legislators of color speak out against racist violence (Guest opinion)

August 28, 2017
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By Diego Hernandez, Teresa Alonso Leon and James I Manning Jr

Rep. Tawna Sanchez, Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, Rep. Mark Meek, Rep. Janelle Bynum, Sen. Lew Frederick, Sen. James I. Manning Jr. and I wrote an op-ed standing up to white supremacy. In Oregon, we must do our part to recognize our dark history of sanctioned racism and the increase of hate crimes and incidents in our communities. All politicians must use their voice to combat white supremacy in all forms.

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Session resulted in key benefits for Lane County

AUG. 19, 2017
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Sen James I Manning Jr

During my first term in the Oregon Senate, I worked with my colleagues in both chambers of the Legislature to achieve advances in criminal justice reform, funding for education at all levels — including career and technical education programs — health care for all Oregonians, renters’ rights and protections, environmental justice, efforts to address climate change and new policies that will protect low-wage workers.

I was chief sponsor or co-sponsor of legislation that will protect and improve the lives of Oregonians. Closer to home, my actions and the support of my colleagues will bring millions of dollars to fund jobs and infrastructure projects in Lane County.

It was my privilege to vote for the largest transportation infrastructure package in Oregon history. That package will bring Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield an additional $102.5 million for roads improvement over the next seven years. That money will support improvements to Territorial Highway, bicycle infrastructure, safe school routes and public transportation.

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Oregon Senate votes to crack down on bias crimes

April 24, 2017
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Rick Osborn

“Today we are sending a clear message that Oregon is a place where these types of crimes are
not tolerated,” said Sen. James Manning (D-Eugene), who co-carried the bill on the Senate
floor. “Oregon is a place where all are welcome and protected under the law from being
threatened or harmed, simply because they may look different, practice a different religion, are
living with a disability or come from another part of the world, or even who they love.”

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Senate votes to protect ‘Good Samaritans’ for rescuing unattended children and domestic animals from hot cars

June 7, 2017
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Rick Osborn

“We should be doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, and that includes
animals and children,” Manning said. “I don’t care if somebody has to rip the door off a car; if
that’s the only way they can rescue a child or an animal from potentially deadly harm, they
should not be liable for property damage in those situations. They should be applauded as
heroes. I also think that the local Girl Scouts who participated in the passage of this bill should
be commended. For such a young group to be so committed to protecting other kids and
animals who are placed in harmful situations, that is truly commendable.”

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Oregon Senate votes to crack down on bias crimes

April 24, 2017
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Rick Osborn

“Today we are sending a clear message that Oregon is a place where these types of crimes are
not tolerated,” said Sen. James Manning (D-Eugene), who co-carried the bill on the Senate
floor. “Oregon is a place where all are welcome and protected under the law from being
threatened or harmed, simply because they may look different, practice a different religion, are
living with a disability or come from another part of the world, or even who they love.”

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Money Creates Barriers Breaking down obstacles to participating in our democracy

July 6, 2017
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Senator James I Manning Jr

I know firsthand that running for political office costs money. As a candidate for House District 14 in West Eugene and Junction City, I made a lot of fundraising calls. I didn’t (and still don’t) mind raising money and I think I’m not too bad at it. Every candidate needs resources to explain to voters about why they’re running to serve and what ideas they have for fixing the biggest problems facing your community.

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Indisputable-truths

July 14, 2016
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Senator James I Manning Jr.

As a former police officer, I recall that each day I went to work my family expected me to return home after my duty shift. I have a lot of friends and colleagues who are police officers and are serving their communities with the highest distinction and honor. Their families expect for them to return home after their duty shift, too.
At the same time, we must acknowledge video evidence of unarmed African-American men and women being killed by police without accountability. Ask yourself whether a broken tail light, or selling CDs or loose cigarettes outside of a convenience mart, or playing in a park with a toy gun, or being a teenager playing loud music, or trying to walk home or change lanes while driving, would result in you losing your life.

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Oregon Legislature considers environmental protection bills

March 23, 2017
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Camilla Mortensen

Sen. James Manning is a cosponsor of the bill, and he thinks it’s a good bill. “So far I haven’t had anybody come to me in opposition,” he says. “It sends a good message and help protect our farmers” whose crops might be affected by pollinator die-offs, the senator adds.

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Selfless Service

Cornell Coyle, First Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired)

“James every time I look down my face book timeline and see a new post from you about the great work you continue to do after the uniform I stop and recite the Army Values; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. You continue to represent these seven Army Values; you are a true Leader, “Cornell Coyle, First Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired).

Living a Life of Service

July 23, 2013
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Josephine Woolington

"When James Manning moved from a military base in Washington state to Eugene in 2007, he didn’t think that in five years he would have served on 10 public or nonprofit boards..."

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