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

541-889-1978

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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

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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! 

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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CONTACT:

Race Director: Dan Nelson – director.purpleheartrun@gmail.com

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

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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE VA HOTLINE

New Article: "A Chance to Personally Honor, Locally"

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 May 12, 2019.

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

"Veterans Articles"

"Lest We Forget" MLB Patches for Memorial Day

Major League Baseball pulled the curtain back today on a number of special edition 2019 uniforms, to include editions designed to honor the fallen and celebrate military personnel throughout the month of May.

One noticeable change, compared to previous seasons, is that the League is taking a more subtle approach with its Memorial Day uniform accents in an effort to respect the real meaning behind the day, Melanie LeGrande, Major League Baseball’s vice president of Social Responsibility, told Military Times.

“From Major League Baseball’s perspective, it was important for us to ensure that we were being appropriate to the spirit of Memorial Day," LeGrande said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate and support the military, to honor those who have been lost, and to understand their memory, their commitment, and how we feel about military families who have lost a loved one.”

April 13, 2019 By J. D. Simkins, Military Times

More on Major League Baseball Honoring "The Fallen"

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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

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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.

PLEASE, 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

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

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