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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.

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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.

40,000 toy soldiers highlight plight of injured British Vets

Reuters article Oct. 7, 2019

This problem is not England alone but all countries with a Military."Injuries have ended 40,000 military careers in 20 years and every day this number grows. Many of them tell us that their transition impacted significantly on their health, wellbeing and family," said Mel Waters , CEO of Help for Heroes. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-veterans/40000-toy-soldiers-highlight-plight-of-injured-british-veterans-idUSKBN1WM2DE

Cick on link to read the full story.

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Court changes mind re: Military retirees & Court-Martials

Oct. 8, 2019 By Gina Harkins, Military.com

A controversial legal opinion that determined court-martialing military retirees was unconstitutional has been withdrawn.

The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals will reconsider the case of Stephen Begani, a retired Navy chief petty officer who faced a court-martial after leaving the military. The court also withdrew its July 31 opinion on court-martialing retirees, according to an Oct. 1 order.

The decisions were first reported by Zachary Spilman, the lead contributor for the military justice blog CAAFlog. Spilman is a Reserve Marine officer and lawyer who specializes in military justice.

Navy Lt. Daniel Rosinski, who represents Begani, said he had no comment on the decisions. Spilman called the move to withdraw the court's opinion unusual.

"But, of course, this is an unusual case," he added.

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"Congress has determined that some, but not all, military retirees should remain subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) while they are retired," Crisfield wrote. "... Accordingly, the sections of the UCMJ subjecting regular component retirees to UCMJ jurisdiction are unconstitutional."

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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!"

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Daymond John — Turning Heroes Into CEOs

By Lori Denman, U. S. Veterans Magazine

Entrepreneur extraordinaire Daymond John has cast a pretty large net in the realm of business.

John, otherwise known as, “The People’s Shark,” is a busy man—leading his multi-million dollar FUBU clothing line and hosting the popular reality ABC hit, “Shark Tank,” that’s celebrating its 11th season.

But he never hesitates to take time to help a promising entrepreneur—particularly those who have served our country. “I’m working with veterans as much as I can,” he said.

John is in his third year of partnering with Bob Evans Farms to host an entrepreneurial contest called “Heroes to CEOs.” Finalists receive a free trip to New York City for a personalized, 45-minute session with John to help them perfect a pitch that could win them a $30,000 grant for their business.

John says the same traits that make veterans successful in combat—courage, teamwork, overcoming challenging obstacles, taking inventory of a situation—also apply in the boardroom. A veteran’s large network of supportive comrades is a further advantage, he added.

The Shark Tank’s Daymond John encourages veteran entrepreneurs to make waves in business.


“Vets were brought up to think about everybody else and stand in the line of fire. They don’t always put their needs first.”

There’s been more than a few veterans who have heeded John’s advice. Last month, Jonathan Norton, founder and CEO of Peak Safety Systems, was voted the winner of the third annual “Heroes to CEOs” program. A former Army Ranger, Norton invented the RopeSafe Edge protection system—life-saving equipment for military, first responders, and rope access professionals.

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More Vets, Caregivers to get Commissary Exchange Access

September 20, 2019, By Patricia Kime, Military.com

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are gearing up for what will be the largest expansion of patrons to the military commissary system and exchanges in 65 years, making sure that shoppers will be able to get on base and find the shelves fully stocked.

Starting Jan. 1, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and all service-connected disabled veterans, regardless of rating, as well as caregivers enrolled in the VA's Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, will be able to shop at Defense Commissary Agency stores and military exchanges.

They also will have access to revenue-generating Morale, Recreation and Welfare amenities, such as golf courses, recreation areas, theaters, bowling alleys, campgrounds and lodging facilities that are operated by MWR.

Facilities such as fitness centers that receive funding from the Defense Department budget are not included.

At commissaries, however, there will be an added cost for new patrons who use a credit or debit card to pay for their groceries, in addition to the 5% surcharge commissary patrons already pay.

Starting January 1, 2020

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and all service-connected disabled veterans, regardless of rating, as well as caregivers enrolled in the VA's Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, will be able to shop at Defense Commissary Agency stores and military exchanges. 

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Deported Army Veteran returns to US in Bid to become Citizen

September 25, 2019 By: Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Perez is among several deported military members who have been recently pardoned by Democratic governors. His case has received wide support, including from including from Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a veteran who said Tuesday that Perez should never been deported in the first place. 

Perez was born in Mexico, but his family immigrated when he was a young child. His parents are naturalized U.S. citizens and his two children were born in the U.S. 

He joined the Army in 2002 and served in Afghanistan where he suffered a brain injury and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

It was the disorder, which caused crippling anxiety, that led him to the drug charge, according to Bergin. Perez wasn’t able to immediately get medical care through a federal Veterans Administration hospital, so he turned to drugs.

An Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018 arrived back in Chicago, his boyhood hometown

The 41-year-old Perez has a green card as a permanent U.S. resident, but after serving time for a 2008 non-violent drug conviction was deported last year. Then last month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a pardon , erasing the conviction and reviving Perez’s chances to become a citizen.

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! 

Welcome! A few topics of interest:

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"PRESERVING OUR FREEDOMS"

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 October 13, 2019.

ALSO, be sure to check-out our "Gallery of Veterans Stories" listed under 'More' on our header bar.

What is the White House VA Hotline? 1-855-948-2311

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.

VA May Be Forced to Pay Billions in Veterans' ER Bills After Court Ruling

September 11, 2019, By Patricia Kime, Military.com

A federal court has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs wrongly denied reimbursements to veterans who received emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a decision that could result in payouts to veterans totaling billions.

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims judges wrote Monday that VA's reimbursement regulations, which were instituted in 2018, violated a law that requires VA to approve veterans' claims for emergency room expenses not covered by private insurance.


VA Puts Emphasis on Suicide Prevention

VeteransCrisisLine.net

1-800-273-8255  press 1

A 'confidential, free resource

even if you're not registered with VA

or  not enrolled in VA health care.

ALSO, check-out our directory of "RESOURCES" which you can get to by clicking on our "PROGRAMS/RESOURCES/BOD" section on the Header Bar.

Special Section to 'Commemorate 9/11'

We have added this '9/11 Special' to the top of our "HOME" Page. Just click on the Red Action Button just below here and it will take you to further information regarding the 9/11 timeline.

We also have posted an 'Awareness Story' on AGENT ORANGE from the VA, on the 9/11, A.Orange, Supporters page.

Thanks for visiting our VAOI Webpage!

 We thank all the Businesses and Friends supporting our Veterans, Military and First Responders.

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. The 'Red' contact button below will give you our contact info. Thanks

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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