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Elizabeth Wright is currently the Executive Secretary at Operation Rebuild Hope. She oversees daily operations and greets community members when they stop by.
Elizabeth grew up mainly on the Oregon Coast, but also all over the world. Elizabeth’s father was in the Army and was stationed in Germany for five years, Missouri for two years and then finally retired and moved back to the Oregon Coast. While Elizabeth was growing up her father did two tours to Afghanistan until he was ultimately injured and medically retired while she was in high school. She witnessed first hand what PTSD looks like and wanted to do everything in her power to help. Her sophomore year of high school she decided to enroll in a homeschooling program in order to be able to take her father to various physical therapy appointments, doctors’ appointments, and balance school. She encouraged her father to push himself during his appointments and tried to help him manage his PTSD and depression. Over the course of a year he was able to go from being in a wheelchair to walking with a cane.
After seeing what a little bit of positivity, dedication and encouragement could do for someone, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to help other veterans reach their potential. Growing up and witnessing first hand what soldiers go through within the military and VA system it didn’t take long for her to realize that there was a severe need for help.
Elizabeth graduated high school from Myrtle Point in 2016. She then went onto Southwestern Oregon Community College where she obtained her Associates degrees in General Studies, Science, and a Transfer degree. While attending Southwestern Oregon Community College Elizabeth also volunteered at the Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach for a year. While doing so, she was able to meet and help several of our local veterans here on the coast. Elizabeth is currently enrolled at EOU online where she is working on her Bachelors degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Elizabeth hopes to one day become a Case Manager for Operation Rebuild Hope.