Who We Are
In 2006, two veterans had a vision and a dream. They wanted to actively support our deployed troops and their families. They also saw a need to support veterans who were financially burdened, homeless etc. They also wanted to be able to support humanitarian needs in the war zones. With the assistance of a few others, work began out of their homes and garages.
As the dream grew, so did the need for the formation of a non-profit organization. A mission statement, the formation of a board of directors and by-laws were developed during this application process. On March 26th, 2008, The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida received its 501 C (3) status.
In September, 2009 a small office was opened to assist with the packing of the boxes, storage of products donated by members of the community. In the first month of opening these doors, 300 veterans, active duty military and their families came into the office for assistance andlor to have some coffee and chat about their military days. The needs expressed by those coming into the office, brought about the development of multiple programs.
Our office is located in Rural Eastern Oregon, known as Malheur County. We are recognized as a National "Frontier" designated County. Considering these facts, VAal has accomplished a tremendous amount of assistance for our veteransl military in a very short period of time. This is something we are very proud of and are willing to share with others.
In February, 2010 we moved to a larger location. In this past year, over 3,000 veterans, active duty military and their families have come into the office, and are served by a staff of "trained volunteers".