Eugene veterans to perform before first lady

Eugene veterans to perform before first lady »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some Eugene military veterans-turned-actors will be in the national spotlight this Veterans Day.

"The Telling Project" will perform at George Washington University in Washington, DC, in front of first lady Michelle Obama;  Alma Powell, the wife of Colin Powell, and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

The "Telling Project" is an effort between veterans and everyday people that uses theater to share their stories of service.

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Monday morning, members of the group packed their bags and drove out of South Eugene to Portland International Airport.

US Navy veteran Shirley May Cortez hopes to make fellow veterans proud of her performance.

"I'm just nervous and I hope that I can help to represent them well, and I'm looking very forward to meeting Michelle Obama," said Cortez.

Program director and fellow veteran Jason Alves says the community has been very receptive of the organization.

"There's a lot of support out there. A lot of veterans, myself included, really didn't think there's a lot of people out there that care or are willing to work with us out there, and there is," said Alves.

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