Some of the 'Services' and 'Programs we have available

Above is, Ret. US Army Major Jerry Haines with his wife Trudy, being Honored with National Award

Mr. Jerry Haines has been 'Honored' for his exemplary volunteerism, by being awarded the National 2019 Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer of the Year Award. Jerry, here pictured with his wife Trudy, is a Member of the Board of Directors of Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, and our Organizations Chaplain. Jerry and his wife Trudy have been involved with the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida for many years. We thank you Jerry and Trudy for your continuing service. Also on Nov 13th (1PM to 3PM) at VAOI Jerry will be presented the "Spirit of Freedom award by Sen. Mike Crapo's office! All are welcome...

Ronald Verini, Chairman, CEO Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida

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We encourage you to 'click' on the above 'f' (FACEBOOK LINK) in the red circle to see our daily postings of stories and information relevant to 'Veterans, Military and their Families'.

Our "Facebook Page Manager' is fantastic and really does a Great Job in posting a wide array of interesting stories. We really appreciate the work she does!!! Thanks Marilyn

WE WELCOME YOU TO VISIT OUR NEWLY OPENED "SGT. JOSHUA C. BRENNEN MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY"

Just 'click-on' the "Find out More" red bar below, to see a photo gallery of some of the Military memorabilia and artifacts that we have collected and that have been 'donated' by the many area Families that have a Military History.

Some Ongoing Stories of Interest For Our Veterans

His dad has been deployed 10 times. This is his message to other military kids

What it is like to be a son of a Green Beret. Davidson & his Dad as illustrated in a book they wrote

November 10, 2019, By Christina Zdanowicz, CNN

(CNN) Davidson is only 9 years old, yet he's been the man of the house eight times while his dad serves his country.

His father, Dave, is a Green Beret on his 10th deployment. The family lives in northern Virginia while Dave is stationed somewhere overseas. Davidson is used to not having his dad around, but he never forgets him.

"Sometimes it's fine because we actually do a lot of fun things while he's away, but it's also sad because he's just not here," Davidson told CNN. "My mom sometimes breaks down and cries a lot because she misses him. And it's not really hard for her because I help her, but it's just she misses him."

From 2001 to 2015, 2.77 million service members have been deployed overseas, many of them mothers and fathers leaving families behind.

Davidson sees the world matter-of-factly, approaching his dad's deployments with the strength that many military families display.

"I don't even know where he is, but I think he's fine because he's a good, strong guy," he said.

Each family deals with the hardship in their own way. This is how Davidson's family does it. They asked that CNN not use their last name for security reasons.

In Congress, Veteran Suicide Prevention Is a Bipartisan Topic. Here’s the Plan

Airmen from the 476th Fighter Group in the POW/MIA recognition Day march at Moody AFB, Georgia

Oct. 31, 2019 By Robert Wilkie, Military.com

Robert Wilkie (@SecWilkie) is the 10th U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs.

When American men and women put on our nation's uniform, they don't fight for one political party or just some of the states.

They fight for all of America. And that's why it's important for us to work together and find solutions to the most daunting challenge of our time: preventing veteran suicide.

Thankfully, Republicans and Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act, legislation that we at the Department of Veterans Affairs believe will provide a lifeline to veterans everywhere. It's a plan that has the potential to finally help us reach the roughly 60 percent of veterans who die by suicide each day without any recent connection to VA care.

Veteran Suspects Cancer Caused by 'Big Trash Pile' Burn Pits in Iraq

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November 4, 2019 by Lisa Guiterrez, The Kansas City Star

Lloyd Blair joined the Marine Corps as an 18-year-old itching for a fight after hijacked planes rocketed into the World Trade Center towers and set the world on fire. He pulled two tours in Iraq. The first landed him in the hell of Fallujah where some of the bloodiest fighting took place.

There he was, not long out of high school, fighting in the desert, ducking bullets while carrying 40, 50 pounds of full battle rattle on his back.

The stench of human feces flowing out of Fallujah in shallow creeks suffocated the air. There was smoke everywhere. "I mean, there was stuff burning all the time in Fallujah," says Blair, who is 35.

He didn't give a second thought to the smoke billowing from the burn pits where the military torched its own trash, not until he was diagnosed with testicular cancer after he came home.


New Bill Would Protect Military, Veteran Family Members from Deportation

A group of 10 Marines, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and soldiers were part of 125 immigrants

November 8, 2019 by Gina Harkins, Military.com

A retired Army officer in the Senate introduced a bill this week that would protect a policy allowing family members of service members and veterans to remain in the U.S. temporarily without threat of deportation.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, wants to safeguard these family members with the Military Family Parole in Place Act. The program allows some parents, children and spouses of active-duty troops, reservists and veterans to temporarily remain in the U.S., but Trump administration officials are considering scaling it back.

The program gives troops' and veterans' family members who came to the U.S. illegally the chance to adjust their immigration status without leaving the country. Officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began reviewing the program this summer, when some family members began hearing the program was being terminated.

Duckworth called the possibility of ending the deportation protections "cruel and inhumane."

Related: ICE Is Deporting Veterans Without Checking Their Service Status, Watchdog Says

These Are This Year's Best Jobs for Veterans

Hundreds of representatives from businesses small and large attend the 2019 Small Business Forum.

November 4, 2019 By Richard Sisk, Military.com

Jobs in health care topped the list of the 10 best career employment opportunities for the estimated 250,000 service members who transition out of the military each year, according to a survey released Monday by Navy Federal Credit Union, in partnership with the nonprofit Hire Heroes USA.

In line with numerous studies by the government and other organizations, the Best Careers After Service survey of veterans who were already employed found that many transitioning service members leave their first job within a year. It added that its top 10 list of jobs offered the chance for lasting employment.

The top 10 career paths identified by the survey include:

  1. Health care
  2. Government/Public Administration
  3. Defense Contracting
  4. Information Technology
  5. Financial Services
  6. Education
  7. Law Enforcement
  8. Retail
  9. Manufacturing
  10. Transportation/Warehousing

Vets Get Faster Appeals Decisions, Hearings with New System

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October 26, 2019 By: Dorthy Mills-Greg, Military.com

The results are in: The Board of Veterans' Appeals processed 11% more decisions and held 38% more hearings in fiscal 2019 than 2018 thanks, in part, to a new congressionally-mandated appeals structure, officials reported this month.

That new process, combined with hiring more staff, helped the board process 96,000 rating appeals, of which 35% were granted and 30% denied, BVA Chairman Cheryl Mason said.

Two years ago, Congress passed a modernization act to have the board develop three options for reviewing decisions, better notifying veterans about outcomes, and improving claim resolution time.

VBA is tasked with reviewing veterans' appeals for the three administrations under the Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration and National Cemetery Administration.

WELCOME! A FEW TOPICS OF INTEREST (click on pics for more)

Articles published Bi-monthly

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I"THE VOICES OF VETERANS"

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 November 10, 2019.

  Veterans History and Stories Told   

November 10, 2019 Veterans Corner Article by Ronald Verini

Every veteran has a story. Some filled with subjects that can never really and completely be talked about, others filled with some of the most hilarious subjects that keep you laughing. Many stories are centered only on wartime service, others deal with the trials and tribulations of military service. The fact is though a ‘lot of stories’ are being told, for it is estimated that in the US the number of men and women that have served in the military from our Revolutionary War 1775 through our present occupations in 2019 number between 40 to 50 million people. Yes, and a lot of untold stories that can never be told, for those that never made it home, who “gave all” to this great country and our freedoms, those number over 1,700,00. 

1-855-948-2311 - This is the phone number for the 'White House' VA Hotline

Staff answering the White House VA Hotline. 1-855-948-2311 - service open 24/7

What is the White House VA Hotline?

The hotline’s pilot began under direction of the Veterans Experience Office on June 1, 2017, and entered phase two on October 15, 2017.

White House VA Hotline:  1-855-948-2311.

Calls are answered by a live agent 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  The hotline is staffed by more than 60 agents who have had extensive training on VA programs and services.  Most of these agents are a Veteran, military family member, caregiver or a survivor.

The White House VA Hotline conducts immediate warm hand offs for at-crisis risk Veterans needing the services of the Veterans Crisis Line.

Trends identified by the hotline will be used to rapidly respond to systemic inefficiencies and empower VA employees to resolve Veteran concerns quickly.

  • Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255

Crisis Line, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

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Veterans Crisis Line

Top 10 Celebrity Veterans

These ten celebrities are famous, they have one thing in common: they served in the U.S. military.

November 10, 2019 By Military.com

These ten celebrities are famous, they've gone on to great things, and they all have one thing in common: they served in the U.S. military.

Some of them made use of military education benefits to further their careers. Others used their experiences in uniform as the springboard for a life in the spotlight. Join us now for a countdown of 10 well-known military veterans.

10. George Carlin

9. Steve McQueen

8. Ice-T

7. Humphrey Bogart

6. Morgan Freeman

5. Chuck Norris

4. Mr. T

3. Johnny Cash

2. Clint Eastwood

1. Elvis Presley

Another suprising celebrity veteran, is Mel Brooks, writer, director actor (who remembers 'Blazing Saddles')... He graduated Virginia Military Institute, was a corporal in the US Army and fought in the Battle of The Bulge WWII.

Most Dangerous Veteran Jobs in America, And where to Get One.........

Steel Workers is #7

November 10, 2019 By Blake Stilwell, Military.com

The most dangerous jobs in the military are hazardous both in combat and in garrison. It's something every American service member just comes to accept.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians (that's the bomb squad for you non-military types), pilots and engineers all face incredible hazards even when they aren't deployed to a war zone. Even training for the infantry stateside carries significant risk. As the Navy used to tell you: It's not just a job; it's an adventure!

When it comes to finding a career in post-military life, newly separated veterans can trade in the level of risk they've come to accept in the military for one of these instead. While we list the fatal injury rates, keep in mind that the non-fatal injury rate for each is much, much higher.


Thanks for visiting our VAOI Webpage!

Main Offices and Facility, Museum/Library of Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida 180 W Idaho Ave,Ontario,Or

 We thank all the Supporters, Businesses and Friends  for giving their time and resources in helping and caring for our Veterans, Military and First Responders and their Families.

We really appreciate your interest too,  in 'Who we are and What we do'. If you have any questions or suggestions or would like to 'volunteer' or 'donate', well please contact us with an email, a phone call, or just drop on into the office. 

You are always welcome to come and join us Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm. We are a "No Dues' nonprofit organization with the coffee pot always on and lots of conversation always available. Bring your questions regarding any veteran services you are concerned about, and we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Our phone is 541-889-1978, and we are located in Ontario, Oregon at 180 W. Idaho Ave.

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New Graphic Novels Honor Hero Medal of Honor Recipients

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta dragging a wounded comrade and firing at the enemy in Afghanistan

October 11, 2019, By Mathew Cox, Military.com

The graphic novel on former Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta tells the story of the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, according to the release.

Then Spec. Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, was on patrol in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan in October 2007 when his platoon was ambushed by Taliban fighters.

"Braving rocket-propelled grenades and intense smalls arms fire, Giunta advanced on the enemy, prevented the capture of a fellow paratrooper and turned the tide of the battle," the release states.

In July 2017, Giunta presented his Medal of Honor to his fellow paratroopers of the 173rd AirborneWE AT THE VETERAN ADVOCATES OF ORE-IDA, DEDICATED EARLIER THIS YEAR OUR 'MILITARY/VETERAN MUSEUM' TO THE MEMORY OF SGT. JOSHUA C. BRENNAN, ONE OF THE WOUNDED COMRADES THAT SPEC. SAL GIUNTA PULLED FROM THE TALIBAN FIGHTERS. SGT. BRENNAN LATER DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. SGT. BRENNAN WAS A LOCAL RESIDENT AND A GRADUATE OF OUR ONTARIO, OREGON HIGH SCHOOL.

More on the 'Medal of Honor' publications..

"We are excited to share these stories with readers," Joseph Craig, director of AUSA's Book Program, said in the release. "It has been personally rewarding to learn more about these remarkable soldiers, and we have been fortunate to work with such a talented creative team to bring this history to life."

The graphic novels can be downloaded here and here.

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LOCAL ONTARIO, OREGONIAN 'KILLED-IN-ACTION'

THE "SGT. JOSHUA C. BRENNAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY"

Re-dedicated this last June 2019, to the memory and Honor of one of our local Heroes. The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida extend to you an open invitation to visit the Museum and Library and learn more about Sgt. Brennen and all of our local and regional Heroes who have served our great Country, and the many who did "GIVE ALL".

You may arrange special viewing appointments by calling our offices at 541-889-1978, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm.

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Retired Marine who Fought to House Homeless Vets Has Died

October 6, 2019 By Kyle Stucker, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.

Macdonald died Sept. 28.

Macdonald's 101 Steppingstones Road property provided housing to homeless combat veterans free of charge, and provided a place where veterans could practice their religious beliefs. It featured detached, tiny home-style buildings around a residential home that had a chapel in its basement.

Macdonald and the Veteran Resort Chapel made headlines in 2017 and 2018 because of a legal dispute with the town's government over the tiny homes' noncompliance with local land-use regulations. The court system ultimately ruled in favor of the town, declaring the Veteran Resort Chapel was not a church and that it had to adhere to Lee's residential zoning laws.

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"I have so many wonderful memories of Pete that I am having difficulty picking just one," wrote Sara Hampton. "So I will just say this: His (strength), loyalty, and dedication taught me many things. He will forever live in my heart as one of the misunderstood and unsung heroes of this world. Tomorrow morning, I will sit at my patio table with my coffee cup and yours and remember you and all of our talks and laughs. I know you have finally found peace in the arms of God, and for that I am grateful. But damn I will miss you!"

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES

Every Day, not just Memorial Day, we should be thankful for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave their lives, that we as a Nation may continue to live with the Freedoms and Values that make this Country so Great! 

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Doing The Right Things for The Right Reasons - Supporting Military Members- Veterans- and Their Families

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

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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.

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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.

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