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

Also please 'check-out' the Daily postings on our 'Facebook' page, click the 'facebook' logo below.

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

180 W. Idaho Ave, Ontario, Oregon 97914



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

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Veteran Small Business Owners 

and prospective business owners are invited to attend an Open House at Veteran Advocates of ORE-IDA to learn more about the Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Veteran Small Business Management (VSBM) Group 

The VSBM group is a cohort of local Veteran owned small businesses that meets for encouragement and education once a month at the SBDC at Treasure Valley Community College. 

Come meet fellow local Veterans and have some pizza and soda! 



Thursday, June 27, 2019 

5:00 - 8:00 PM 


Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan Memorial Hall Library and Museum 

180 W. Idaho Ave, Ontario, Or 97914 



For Information Contact: Jimsie Crouch (541) 881-5772 

More on Veteran Owned Small Business


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.

Find out more about the Museum & Library

"The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps"

Now for something a little different for us.....

Here is a great performance of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"performed by the "Troopers " Drum & Bugle Corps of Wyoming. This is a very popular Civil War era song known all over the World. Enjoy, and 'Thank You' Troopers for letting us share this with our many Veterans & their families!  This performance was at Fruitland, Id HS, whose Band Director Mr. Williams is a "Trooper" alumni, & William McComb, a Junior HS trumpeter is now a Corps member!

Fallujah Vet 1st Living Medal of Honor Recipient, Iraq War

by Hope Hodge Seck, Military. com June 7, 2019

  A former Army staff sergeant who took on enemy fighters at close range, first with an M249 light machine gun and then with a knife, will be the first living veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the Medal of Honor, has learned.

David S. Bellavia, 43, of Batavia, New York, will have his Silver Star upgraded to the highest military award for valor in a June 25 ceremony at the White House, a source close to Bellavia confirmed to The news of the award was first posted at the American Legion's Burn Pit blog Thursday and then confirmed by Army Times. The White House is expected to announce the award next week.

Bellavia's Silver Star citation, for heroism on Nov. 10, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq, reads like the script of an action movie. An Infantryman with Company A, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division, Bellavia was ordered with his platoon to clear a 12-building block in which "jihadists" were taking shelter in order to fire on American troops, according to the citation. You can read more about Army Staff Sergeant Bellavia's  actions by going to, June 9th, 2019 edition.


ICE is Deporting Our Vets before checking their Service

June 9, 2019, by Richard Sisk,

From 2013 to 2018, ICE failed to follow its own policies requiring agents to consider a veteran's military record before beginning the process of removal from the country, according to the report. Time in service, awards and deployments are all among factors that are supposed to be weighed when making a deportment decision.

The policies also call for deportation cases that might involve veterans to be referred to higher headquarters for a decision. Those policies also were not followed, the report states.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of ICE, said they didn't consider the veteran and non-veteran status in removal proceedings and were unaware of policies to the contrary.The Government Accountability Office has a recommendation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Check to see whether the people it picks up are military veterans before kicking them out of the country.

"We recommended that ICE collect and maintain data on veterans" in accordance with long-established rules at the agency to avoid deporting individuals who may be eligible to stay, the 40-page GAO report states.

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"Through its policies, ICE has established that these noncitizen veterans warrant special consideration in the event that they become subject to immigration enforcement and removal from the United States," GAO officials wrote. "However, because ICE did not consistently adhere to these policies, some veterans who were removed may not have received the level of review and approval that ICE has determined is appropriate for cases involving veterans."

In addition, ICE "does not know exactly how many veterans have been placed in removal proceedings or removed," the report states.

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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! 

Staff Sergeant Aaron Butler: Died on August 16, 2017 at the age of 27 in Afghanistan from an IED.

Staff Sergeant Aaron Butler

The Inaugural SSG Aaron Butler Memorial Purple Heart Run, Sat August 17, 2019, Eagle, ID US 83616

MORE THAN A RACE: This is more than a race, it is a celebration of all US servicemembers who have given their lives or parts of themselves physically in combat operations around the globe. The after party promises to be epic. We will have local beer, music, food, local coffee, and lots to do for kids. All race proceeds will go to the Idaho Department and Chief Joseph Chapter 509 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (a 501C3 nonprofit). This event was created by local Purple Heart recipients, and there will be an opportunity for all participants and supporters to meet and learn from those men and women who have been wounded in combat. The race courses will be lined with pictures and stories about Purple Heart Recipients who gave their lives in the Global War on Terror (since 9/11/2001). Bring out your families, let your children meet and absorb the words of Gold Star families (who have lost loved ones in combat), Vietnam War Purple Heart Recipients, and Purple Heart Recipients from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are among us every day, this in a unique opportunity for all of us to see and hear from local community members who have given more than most for our Nation.

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Race Director: Dan Nelson –

Dan is a former US Army Special Forces Officer (Green Beret), and a member of the Chief Joseph Chapter 509 Military Order of the Purple Heart

more about the Memorial Purple Heart Run

Welcome! A few topics of interest:


"Should We Keep the Promises Made?"

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 June 23 2019.

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

"Veterans Articles"

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 Will Now Let You Go to Civilian Urgent Care Doctors

Related content:

As of June 6, 2019, the VA offers medical care to eligible veterans at selected civilian urgent care facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2019, by Jim Absher,

More info on the "Urgent Care Benefit"

VA Puts Emphasis on Suicide Prevention

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.

More info on 'Crisis Line/Suicide Prevention'

Special Section to 'Commemorate 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.

We also have here posted an 'Awareness Story' on AGENT ORANGE from the VA.

9/11 Commemorative Section

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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


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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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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180 W. Idaho Ave Ontario, OR 97914, US

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