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Eagles and Boy Scouts team up to help veterans

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Eagles members and Boy Scouts bagged diabetic socks to give to patients at the Portland VA hospital. (KPTV) Eagles members and Boy Scouts bagged diabetic socks to give to patients at the Portland VA hospital. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A group of volunteers, including an Eagles Lodge and a Boy Scout troop, is teaming up to help out veterans in Portland, hoping to make a huge impact on the health of people who served our country.

The program is called Diabetic Socks for Veterans, and is designed to help veterans with their health needs.

Foot care is especially important for people with diabetes, but can be very costly.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge teamed with Boy Scout Troop 56 to put together this new program.

The group plans to provide hundreds of pairs of diabetic socks twice a year to veterans and elderly in need of these special socks.

Monday the group packed about 300 socks for veterans.

Evan Johnson with Troop 56 came to help out, and said it was a rewarding experience.

“I think it makes us feel great,” Johnson said. “This is part of the reason we are Boy Scouts, to help with community service.”

The socks will be handed out at the end of the month at the Portland VA hospital.

The Diabetic Socks for Veterans program is formed entirely of volunteers, with 100 percent of the donations made going right toward providing socks to local veterans. Anyone interested in helping with this effort can learn more on the group’s Facebook page.

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