Ric Olson, organization focus on Vietnam vets


November 10, 2021

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Ric Olson rides in a previous Albany Veterans Parade. The Vietnam Veterans Association's float has been a perennial winner in the parade, he says.

Eric "Ric" Olson has had to curtail his involvement in local veterans affairs since COVID-19 hit the area in the spring of 2020, but he's been one of the most active leaders in the area in the past two decades.

Olson, 72, got involved in the Vietnam Veterans of America Mid-Valley Chapter 585 more than 20 years ago and had been a very active member and leader in the organization prior to the pandemic, including serving twice as president.

The local organization serves veterans throughout the mid-valley, including Sweet Home, Brownsville, Albany, Lebanon, Halsey and Scio.

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