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Welcome to
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida
'a Source for Veteran Resources'

180 W. Idaho Ave, Ontario, Oregon 97914

541-889-1978

Spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam during the period of 1961 to 1971.

Awareness of Agent Orange & it's effects on Veterans

Information from the US Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

"Agent Orange" refers to a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. Herbicides were also used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s.

In addition, VA has determined there is evidence of exposure to Agent Orange for Air Force and Air Force Reserve members who served during the period 1969 through 1986 and regularly and repeatedly operated, maintained, or served onboard C-123 aircraft (known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent during the Vietnam era). For more information about service qualifications and other eligibility criteria, visit our Agent Orange C-123 web page.

VA and federal law presumes that certain diseases are a result of exposure to these herbicides. This "presumptive policy" simplifies the process for receiving compensation for these diseases since VA foregoes the normal requirements of proving that an illness began during or was worsened by your military service.

A Veteran who believes he or she has a disease caused by Agent Orange exposure that is not one of the conditions listed below must show an actual connection between the disease and herbicide exposure during military service.

Eligibility - Service in Vietnam or Korea

VA presumes that Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides if they served:

  • In Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, including brief visits ashore or service aboard a ship that operated on the inland waterwaysof Vietnam
  • In or near the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971

If you fall into either category listed above, you do not have to show that you were exposed to Agent Orange to be eligible for disability compensation for diseases VA presumes are associated with it. Check the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam to confirm whether your service aboard a ship allows VA to concede you were exposed to Agent Orange..

Eligibility - Service Outside of Vietnam or Korea

Even if you did not serve in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the specified time periods, you can still apply for disability compensation if you were exposed to an herbicide while in the military and believe it led to the onset of a disease. This includes:

If eligible, you must prove that you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your military service to be eligible for service-connection for disease VA presumes are related to Agent Orange exposure.

Exception: Blue Water Veterans with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may be granted service-connection without showing inland waterway service or that they set foot in Vietnam. This is because VA also recognizes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as related to service in Vietnam or the waters offshore of Vietnam during the Vietnam Era.

Diseases Associated with Agent Orange

VA currently presumes that some diseases resulted from exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. The Veterans Health Administration's Public Health website lists these diseases VA presumes are associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service:

Evidence Needed

If you are seeking service connection for one of the diseases VA presumes is associated with exposure to herbicides during service, VA requires the following:

  • A medical diagnosis of a disease which VA recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange (listed above)
  • Competent evidence of
    • service in Vietnam or at or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the dates shown above, or
    • exposure to herbicides in a location other than the Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone.
  • Competent medical evidence that the disease began within the deadline (if any). (See 38 CFR 3.307(a)(6)(ii) for more information on deadlines.)

If you believe that you have a disease caused by herbicide exposure, but that disease is not on the list of diseases associated with Agent Orange, you may still apply for service-connection. In these cases, VA requires all of the following:

  • Competent medical evidence of a current disability,
  • Competent medical evidence of an actual connection between herbicide exposure and the current disability, AND
  • Competent evidence of:
    • service in Vietnam or at or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the dates shown above, or
    • exposure to herbicides in a location other than Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone.

Compensation Benefit

Monthly payment rates are based on the Veteran's combined rating for his or her service-connected disabilities. These ratings are based on the severity of the disabilities. Additional amounts are paid to certain Veterans with severe disabilities ("special monthly compensation") and certain Veterans with dependents. You can view the current Compensation Rate Tables to determine the amount you may receive.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.

More Information

Check VA's Guide to Agent Orange Claims to learn more about how to establish eligibility to disability compensation and how much VA pays. You can also call the Agent Orange Help Line at 1-800-749-8387 or send an e-mail to GW/AOHelpline@vba.va.gov. You must provide your name, e-mail address, telephone and/or fax number, and VA file number/Social Security Number. We will do our best to respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually 3 to 10 workdays).

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RESOURCES

Learn More

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD !!

whether you are a veteran or not, you can contact the 'Senate Veteran Affairs Committee', 'The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs', and the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

Just click on their links on our page titled "PROGRAMS/RESOURCES/BOD

Welcome! New additions to our site:

October is Agent Orange Awareness Month

Any veteran that was in country during the Vietnam War will tell you in 'no uncertain terms & words, about Agent Orange! There is still today nearly 50 years after its' use, debate about its' effects on those who were exposed to it. Please click on the 'button' below here to read more about Agent Orange and its' horrific consequences'.

The VA has an 'Agent Orange' helpline and email: 1-800-749-8387, or email

GW/AOHelpline@vba.va.gov

Special Section to 'Commemorate the 17th Anniversary of 9/11

We have added this '9/11 Special' to the top of our "SHOP" Page. Just click on the Red Action Button just below here and it will take you right to the section.

New Article: "Agent Orange Awareness Month"

Our Chairman / Founder Ronald Verini , writes 2 articles a month which are published in a regional newspaper. You can read these articles here on our Webpage just by clicking on the heading 'Veterans Articles'. This Article will be published September 16, 2018.

Thinking about becoming your own Boss?

Want to explore the possibilities of owning your own Business? If you would like to ask questions about "How do I start to own my own business?", give a call to the TVCC Small Business Development Center 541-881-5772, and ask for Andrea Testi, Director.

This is a "NO-COST" service, and they can start you on the path of becoming a "Veteran Entrepreneur".

Thanks for visiting our VAOI Webpage!

We have also added this week three more 'Community Supporters', the Ontario Basque Club, The Ontario Elks Lodge#1690, and the Saturday Market in Ontario. We thank them all for supporting our Veterans, Military and First Responders.

Many folks visiting our site here asked if we could include some 'Patriotic Music' to listen to, so just below the 'Community Supporters' section we added 4 hours of great American Marches. Enjoy.....

We really appreciate your interest in 'Who we are and What we do'. If you have any questions or suggestions well please contact us with an email, a phone call, or just drop on in the office. The 'Red' contact button below will give you our contact info. Thanks

The Moral Obligation to Know our Veterans

Dr. Mike Haynie, a veteran and Founder & Ex. Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University's Whitman School. Dr. Haynie is also the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship.


Think Different.....

A 'Motivational' video to 'Inspire Veterans' to never give-up, to 'keep on goin' and not be afraid to change your way of thinking, for 'we can' develop a "Higher, Better Self".

Who we are....

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida distributing local handmade quilts to our Troops.

Our Mission

Is to provide a voice, for Veterans and Active Duty personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and their dependents. To support, Honor, Recognize and Advocate for their needs as members of our Communities, States and Country

We are an 'All Volunteer' 501 c 3 organization

We support 'Our Mission' through Donations and an All Volunteer Staff.  Pictured here to the right is a young High School Senior whose Senior Project was to raise money for our Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida programs, which he did by completing an engine swap in a Ford Taurus and thus raised $2,666.75. He is pictured with our Chairman and a few of our Veteran Volunteers.

You are Welcome Anytime......

We are a "No Dues" Non-profit organization that welcomes you for 'Coffee & Conversation' 5 days a week in our Ontario, Oregon Office. You can also give us a call regarding any assistance you may be seeking.

Honoring Our Countries Veterans

The Men's Basketball team at Virginia Tech actually took time to recognize and honor our Military Veterans, Coach Buzz Williams indeed is a leader !!

Veteran Mindset

When your down or hurting, "GET UP, RELOAD, DUST OFF, RE CALLIBRATE  AND RE-ENGAGE, and step back out on the PATH!

Veterans reveal their most difficult experiences

We at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida are here to help YOU. When you get hurt it also hurts your spouse, your family, your friends your neighbors and the folks you work with. Give us a call or check out the resources on our "Programs Page" for various types of resource assistance. And "Thank You for serving our Great Country".

About our Logos'

Our New Logo

Our new Logo reflects the two main States we serve, Oregon & Idaho, and was created by Brian McKinley with Young Leaders Program headquartered  in Salem, Oregon. Thank You.

"Old Glory"

Symbol of the Greatest Nation on Earth, and we are privileged to be an 'American'.

Our 'Founding' Logo

This 'Logo' has been so good for us that we will still continue to use this along with our 'New Logo'.

Thank You Corporate and Community SUPPORTERS

Community In Action

Community in Action works with our Veterans and their Families to help empower our moderate and low income vets by providing skills, education and access to community resources.

Oregon Food Bank

The folks at our Southeast Oregon Regional Food Bank here in Ontario, Or, greatly assist our veterans and their families by supplying us with a great assortment of provisions to keep our families healthy over the rough times.

The Home Depot

The Home Depot has assisted Veteran Advocates through the Home Depot Foundation, through which we submit grant requests to help our vets with home and property repairs.

Union Pacific

Union Pacific not only employs many veterans, but also helps us to maintain delivering our 'core mission goals'  to the many veterans we support, thanks to their Financial assistance.

Treasure Valley Community College

Treasure Valley CC, and the TVCC Foundation, help us to support Education for our Veterans, returning military and their dependents, for a good educations enables a family to prosper in the community.

Fiesta Farms Co-Op

Our local Fiesta Farms Co-Op has been a long time supporter of helping our area Veterans and their Families, with their financial donations to the 'Assistance to Veterans & Families' program.

Thank YOU, Corporate and Community Supporters

Grocery Outlet, Ontario, Or

Our Ontario,Oregon 'Grocery Outlet' store is not only Veteran & Military friendly, but they support our programs to help feed our Veterans, Military and their Families. They are located at 2670 SW 4th Ave. Ontario, Oregon. 

Phone 541-889-3738

Food packs from Grocery Outlet, for our Veterans!

Thank you so much Grocery Outlet, for hosting our local 'Food Drive' for our Veterans and Military and their Families!!

Here shows a shipment to our office, being received by three vets, Ted, Dave and John.

Stephen D. Long, CPA

Stephen Long, CPA, and his staff have been our (Veteran Advocates of Ore-ida) accountants for many years now, and are also our 'Book keepers'. Steve, Judy and the 'staff' have kept us on top of our mark!!!

"They are not the biggest, not the most expensive, just the best!"

Grocery Outlet getting a Food Shipment Ready for our Vets

All the veterans and military that come to our food bank say "THANK YOU"!!!!!

Malheur County Oregon Veteran Service Office

Our Malheur County Veteran Service Officer, Mr. Connie Tanake, Army retired, is located here in Ontario, Oregon. Click on the above map and you will get the hours and services provided.

Thank you Mr Tanaka for your support for all our Veterans.

Thanks to ALL our Individual Supporters!!!

Thank You to ALL of our community members who consistently reach out and help us in supporting our programs and assistance for our local "Heroes"!

Your thoughtfulness and concern for our local veterans is 'heartwarming', 

Thank You!!!!

THANK YOU CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

Meadow Outdoor Advertising

Thank you Meadow Outdoor Advertising, your support of Americas Veterans and Military is greatly appreciated

Courtesy Meadow Outdoor Advertising

We are thankful for the benefits and interest garnered from this billboard, courtesy of Meadow Outdoor Advertising .

Waldo Agencies, Ontario,Or

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida is very thankful for the support and services extended to us from the Waldo Agencies group in Ontario, Oregon.

City of Ontario, Oregon

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida wish to thank the City of Ontario, Oregon for their continuing support of our local Military and Veterans.

ALL our local Organizations and Individuals

Were it not for the 'Big Hearts' and 'Compassion' for our Veterans and Military, by our area Citizens and Organizations, we would not be able to help as many veterans and their families as we do. Thank You!

Columbia Bank, Ontario,Or

We are thankful and very appreciative of the services extended to us through the fine folks at our local Columbia Bank.

Thank you Community Supporters

The Ontario, Oregon Basque Club is a great supporter of our Military and Veterans.

Ontario, Oregon Basque Club

Since it's beginnings in 1947, the Basque Club has continuously supported our Countries Military and Veterans. We at Veteran Advocates of Ore-ida thank the Basque Club for their continuing encouragement and support. Please click on the photo to learn more about the Ontario Basque Club.

Elks Lodge #1690, Ontario, Oregon

Elks Members across this Country have and always will be great supporters of our Military, Veterans and First Responders. We thank our local Elks Lodge for their continuing support for our area Veterans. If you click the photo you will see the Elks Facebook page.

Ontario Saturday Market

Here in our Downtown Moore Park, a group of area Farmers and Crafters offer their 'bounty' every Saturday from June thru September. They have always been supportive of our Veterans and their Families, and we thank them all for that support. To see more about the Saturday Market click the photo & see their Facebook page.

Americas Greatest Marches & Military Music

While you are looking through our Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Website, click on this video to listen to American March & Military Music.

There are 4 hours of Music, each song shows the 'Title, Composer and date' composed.

2017 winter storm collapses Our roof !!

Initial Damage

It is now 1 year and 6 months after the damage from the winter storm of 2017. The heavy snow collapsed our roof and we are just now getting the re-construction of our Main Building. This has been a bit of a 'setback', but as veterans and military, we all know that we 'continue on', make the best of what we have, do the best we can with that, and 'CARRY-ON' !

This is what we had....

We had just been in our new 'Headquarters' a year, and starting to really build a new momentum, then the damaging winter storm of 2017 really put us in a hole, temporarily disrupting our abilities to provide  resources & services to our local & regional veterans and their Families. 

We then set up in our smaller front building and started the movement to rebuild. 

How many times in life have we learned that "WHAT DEFINES US IS HOW WELL WE RISE AFTER FALLING".


Deconstruction finally begins

After arduous negotiations with Insurance and Code issues, we finally get to start deconstructing the Main building.  We want to thank our General Contractors, Our Insurance Company, the City of Ontario, Oregon, and all the contractors that are engaged in the reconstruction process. We are told that the "New Building" might be ready by Veterans Day 2018, and are looking forward 'opening the doors' and really thanking ALL those who worked on getting back in our main office.

"The Road to Recovery"...

Recovery has many 'looks',as you can see through the shell of our building, there is the Mobile VA Vet Counseling Van preparing 'combat vets and their families for a new life. We still are maintaining our commitment to those that need assistance and resources, even though we too are tending our injuries from this destruction of our main building.

NEVER GIVE UP!

A Strong, Firm Foundation supports many

Sometimes 'progress' seems so very slow, but if we have patience and 'bank' on a solid foundation for the structure of our lives, we will be rewarded with positive results with which to build our future!

We are very thankful for the 'crew' working on building us a very strong supportive 'foundation' and support for the new Roof, all adding to the longevity and solid future of our "Mission".












Never give up Hope

Yes, the construction crews have been diligently working to get this building maybe ready for Veterans Day! We at VAOI have never given up hope, and as you can see our 'confidence' is being rewarded! This picture was taken the last week of September 2018, the first picture here 'Initial Damage' was taken in December 2017, Patience and Confidence have given results. 

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Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida

180 W. Idaho Ave Ontario, OR 97914, US

(541) 889-1978

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10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Wed

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Thu

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Sat

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