A Navy corpsman, known as “Doc” to the Marines he cared for, is returning to his hometown of The Dalles to take on the role of program director at the Oregon Veterans’ Home.

“I’m really passionate about helping other vets so I bring a very positive attitude to this job,” said Michael Springston, a 2004 graduate of The Dalles High School.

He is looking forward to trading in traffic jams in Everett, Wash., for the slower pace of a rural community.

He landed in Washington to finish out his five-year enlistment at Naval Station Everett. After earning a business administration degree from the University of Washington, he worked with the Snohomish County Veterans’ Assistance Program with a focus on helping homeless military families.