Ore. to pave path from White City VA facility

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WHITE CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The state is going to put asphalt on a dirt path that veterans in Southern Oregon have long used to make their way from a Veterans Affairs facility to town.

Vietnam War veterans dubbed it the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the name stuck.

The rutted path runs alongside Oregon 62 nearly a mile to White City. Officials of the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic -- formerly known as the domiciliary -- say it gets a lot of use.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/nMuylE ) that the paving was an initiative of William Fitzgerald, a state traffic analyst who served in Iraq as a member of the Army National Guard.

Fitzgerald saw a veteran in a wheelchair using the edge of the highway instead of the trail, which wasn't accessible.

Officials say the paving job will cost about $138,000.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/