180 W. Idaho Ave.

Ontario, Oregon 97914


Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida

Come take a “Tour” of our newly reconstructed Facility And our newly dedicated 'Joshua Brennan Memorial Hall, Library and Museum

About Us


How we Started

In 2006 two Vietnam Vets wanted to actively support our Veterans that were having problems and didn't know where to find help, especially Mental Health problems. We now have Counseling available, and a Veterans Court in our County.


How we have grown

Besides our Mental Health assistance, we actively support our deployed Troops by sending Boxes of goodies, well wishes from area children, Humanitarian items and a lot of locally made items from Civic, Social and Youth groups.


How we continue Supporting our Vets & Families

Because we do not have an income from"Dues", the support of donations from our local Organizations goes a long way to fund our 'Assistance' programs, and our Community feels the reward of being able to help and be a part of the solution. 

Americas Declaration of Independence

The Idea that a 'collective' group of people wanting to make their own decisions and not be subjected to the will of other countries and rulers, are the generating principals and ideas that are embedded in 'Americas Declaration of Independence'.

This historic Document written in 1776 assures our Freedoms, and Individual Rights, and still is the format and guide of a great Nation, and the reasons why we Americans continue to serve in our Armed Forces continuing to protect and preserve our Country.

This is the land of the free & brave thanks to our Military

US Army


Our US Army was founded on June 14, 1775, and as a branch of the US Armed Forces, upholds the 'Mission' of: Preserving the Peace and Security and providing for the defense of the United States, the Commonwealths and possessions and any areas occupied by the United States. Overcoming any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States.

US Navy


On October 13, 1775 the US Continental Congress authorized the purchase and armament of two vessels to protect the waters of the New Country. George Washington had declared the great importance of a Naval Force, and commissioned the USS Hannah as the first Naval ocean going Schooner. In 1790 the Navy was disbanded, but attacks on American shipping by Barbary Pirates, reactivated the Navy in 1797.

US Marines


History of the Marine Corps began in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, when two battalions of Continental Marines formed as an Infantry Unit to fight our enemies both at sea and on land. Under the National Security Act of 1947, duties are; seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns; and such other duties as the President or Department of Defense may direct.

US Air Force


The USAF is the aerial and space warfare branch of the US Armed Forces. In 1907 it was initially part of the US Army, but on September 18, 1947 it became its own branch. The USAF (OCA) Offensive Counterair Core Mission is defined as; Operations to destroy, disrupt or neutralize enemy aircraft, missiles, launch platforms and their supporting structures.

US Coast Guard


It was in 1790 that the Coast Guard was established as the "Revenue Marine" (specifically to collect Customs Duties) at the request of Alexander Hamilton, and thus is the oldest continuous. seagoing service in the US. By the mid 1800's it was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, then in 1915 it was transferred to the US Dept. of the Treasury and called the U.S. Life Saving Service, and has been involved in every war from 1790 till now.

US National Guard


This year the National Guard will celebrate its 382nd Birthday!! The 1st Colony-wide 'Militia' was formed in Massachusetts in 1636. And in New York in 1824 the term 'National Guard' was used when several units formed together under the 1792 Militia Acts. Then in the early 1900's the National Guard units were divided into the 'Regular' and 'Reserve'. There are now also full-time personnel assigned to units known as (AGR & ART).

US Merchant Marine


USMMA has a four-year program for midshipmen, operated by the Federal Maritime Admin. & US Dept. of Transportation.

Regimental Life

Merchant Marine History

June 1, 1775 saw the first role of a Merchant Marine action. A group of 'citizens'  desperately needing supplies, captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta, unloaded the lumber to then build ships. These actions predated the USCG and the US Navy.

USA vs CHINA Military Comparison | Who Would Win | 2019

God Bless and protect ALL our Brave Men and Women serving our Great Country. Because of them and the millions of now "Veterans" who have served before, we can feel assured that the 'founding principals and values' inherent in our ;Declaration of Independence' will be protected and safeguarded.

Russia vs United States - Military Power Comparison 2018

There will always be 'threats' to Americas Democracy, yet because of the very deep seeded personal desire in each of our souls, to preserve our Freedoms and to maintain our Liberties, thanks to our history of veterans and those now serving, we will ALWAYS PERSEVERE!!!!! 

Veteran to Veteran

A very real and touching video explaining the "Brotherhood" that is the 'Bond' that lasts for ever, with all who have served.

The Moral obligation to know our Veterans

A TEDx talk by Dr. Mike Haynie, a veteran and also Ex. Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the Whitman School at Syracuse University. Compelling talk..

Coming Home from Iraq, an Oregon Marine's Story

Returning home from a Military career was not an easy transition.

"Why is it Important to Honor our Veterans?"

A school journalist asks his teachers why it is important to honor our Veterans.

Lee Greenwood - God Bless America

We at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida are so very proud and thankful of all the Men and Women who have and are serving our great Country!!! We salute and Honor you, and hope in some way we may be there always for you!!

A Tribute to our Armed Forces

Mr. Gary Sinese introducing all the Branches of our Armed Forces.........