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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

Welcome! New additions to our site:

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"Vietnam, 50 Years Later"

'Stars and Stripes' publication has published a very compelling feature on the affect the Vietnam War had on our citizens and Country. You can click on the link here to read their many stories and archives they present.

"Vietnam 50 Years Later", by Stars and Stripes

New Article: "Why do we Serve our Country"

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 February 17, 2019.

"Veterans Articles"

"We owe you every penny that you've earned", VA Sec. re: GI Bill problems.

Friday Jan. 4, 2019, VA Sec. Robert Wilkie told a large gathering of student Veterans that his #1 PRIORITY for the VA in 2019 is "quality customer service". 

Click the link and read the article from Military Times "RebootCamp".

Sec. Wilkie on GI Bill Problems- click here

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

More info on 'Crisis Line/Suicide Prevention'

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.

9/11 Commemorative Section

Thanks for visiting our VAOI Webpage!

We have also added 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

Contact Us....

ALL US Military Branches Enlisted Ranks Explained!

For those of you who did not serve in the Military, here are easily understood definitions of the Ranks and Jobs and Pay of all our enlisted personnel in all Branches of the US Military.

Physical Fitness tests for the US Military

Here is a look at the requirements of the physical fitness tests that each branch of the service has for the 'minimum' standards.

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.


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.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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 !!

About our Logos'

Our New Logo

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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"

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

Our 'Founding' Logo

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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

Malheur County Oregon Veteran Service Office

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Our Malheur County Veteran Service Officer, Mr. Connie Tanaka, 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!!!

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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

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

Courtesy Meadow Outdoor Advertising

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

Waldo Agencies, Ontario,Or

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

2017 winter storm collapses Our roof !!

Initial Damage

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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' !

Click here to see our progress in the lower Gallery

This is what we had....

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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

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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"...

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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!

NEVER GIVE UP!

A Strong, Firm Foundation supports many

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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".












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Never give up Hope

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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

Hours 10:00am to 3:00pm M/F

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