Some of the 'Services' and 'Programs we have available
Where can I go to hang-out with other veterans, that has no dues or strings attached?
Because sometimes I don't feel like I belong or fit in.
I need transportation to VA and Doctor appointments
Can't afford legal help on Benefits and/or Civil matters
Don't have enough money for my rent, utilities and food
Need money for car repairs and gas & oil
My house needs to be repaired and fixed up
I can't find a job
How do I get counseling and addiction help
what can I do about PTSD, and how do I know if my spouse has it
Can't afford to send my spouse and/or kids to college
How can I find someone to visit and check on my disabled veteran spouse and/or relative
I can't find affordable 'in home help and assistance'
As a surviving spouse of a veteran, how do I make arrangements and what are the benefits
AND LISTED BELOW ARE OUR PROGRAMS / PATHWAYS TO ADDRESS THESE MAIN CONCERNS:
Assistance and/or direction for Health & Benefits questions for the veteran and their dependents.
In house Food Bank
Assisting Homeless Vets & Dependents
Resources with Community Partners
Oregon and Idaho Resource connections
No-Interest Financial help with Utilities, Rent and transportation, when funds are available.
When 'Funds' are available, we assist military dependents with a Financial Scholarship to improve their education and income to assist the Family. This is available only for local area schools.
This program reaches from Day Care through Colleges, from Weblo through Eagle & Girl Scouts, Chambers of Commerce, Civic & Social Groups, by offering 'Hands-On' Military education on our Constitution & Freedoms, Flag Etiquette and retiring, Community Color Guards, Letter writing to the Troops, and with area schools, a "Living History Day", where vets and active military share their stories and experiences in school classrooms with the students.
USO type Fellowship daily in our Office, where we have 'coffee/tea etc and Conversation' and all at no dues or cost. Sometimes community members bring in 'home baked' goodies or lunch or snacks, also at no-cost. Some of the vets bring in their guitars or harmonicas and play music and as you can tell, the atmosphere is very comfortable and relaxing! Card games are also bring a lot of Fun and relaxation.
Due to the continuing increase of Vet/Military and Family problems with TBI & PTSD, we are building 'resource & education systems' to channel these situations. We are host to the VA Counseling Vet Van on Tuesdays of every other week, providing valuable assistance for Combat Vets and Family . We are also pleased to have had an intregal role in establishing a Veterans Court for Malheur County, Oregon.
Throughout the year we visit our Veterans in area Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, in the Hospital or even in their Homes (for those who do not get out). On these visits we take along Afghans, slippers, hats, scarves etc, that are made by local folks, and present them to the vets. Of course at Christmas 'Father Christmas' makes an appearance with gifts and Stockings.
Through our local Treasure Valley Community College and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) managed by Ms. Andrea Testi, the Veteran Small Business Management Group (VSBM), facilitated by SBDC Advisor Michael Braden, offers Veterans assistance (at no charge) in either starting a small business or guidance in managing your small business. There is also a 'social' group of Veteran Business Owners that meet on a monthly basis to share updates and information on their ongoing business process. A great program to get involved with.
The VA Mobile Vet Van Counsels Combat Vets & their Families, they come to our Ontario,Or. location twice a month, to make an appointment call us at 541-889-1978 or call the Vet Van directly at 208-342-3612
Every State has a Department of Veteran Affairs, just look up that telephone number for your State and call to ask where in your area or County you can talk to a Veteran Service Officer for any questions you have regarding your benefits.
We maintain a modest 'Food Bank' for our area Veterans which is located at our office at 180 W. Idaho Ave. Ontario, Or, and is open during our business hours M/F 10am thru 3pm.
War Vets 24hr Line-1-877-927-8387
Boise VA Center- 208-422-1000
Portland,Or VA- 503-220-8262
Walla Walla, Wa VA- 509-525-5200
Spokane,Wa VA- 509-434-7000
Reno,Nv VA- 775-323-1294
Sen.Cliff Bentz- 503-986-1730
Rep.Lynn Findley- 503-986-1460
Sen. Ron Wyden- 202-224-5244
Sen. Jeff Merkley-202-224-3753
Veteran Service Offices:
Idaho Veterans Advocate Office:
Oregon Dept. Veteran Affairs:
503-373-2085 or 800-692-9666
October 23, 2018, 04:03:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed a significant modernization effort in which more than 7.8 million paper files were removed from 60 locations in fewer than 22 months, enabling rapid scanning into VA’s electronic claims processing system by multiple third-party vendors. This will lead to faster claims decisions for Veterans.
"Improving the delivery of benefits and services to Veterans is central to our mission,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This significant effort will not only improve VA’s claims process, it will also lead to quicker decisions for Veterans because millions more records will be available electronically.”
This milestone was part of a long VA effort to improve the Veteran experience and streamline claims processes.
VA continues to take steps to operate in a digital environment and modernize the way it processes compensation and pension claims — moving from a cumbersome, paper-intensive process to an efficient, electronic process — resulting in a faster, more accurate and transparent claims process.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today applauded Senate passage of the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed greatly, and it is our duty to make sure our disabled veterans and their families are provided the benefits they have earned,” said Isakson. “I am pleased the Senate has passed this important measure, and I look forward to the president signing it into law.”
“Veterans’ benefits must reflect today’s economic realities and this bipartisan legislation will allow families to keep up with the rising costs of housing, utilities and food,” said Tester. “Moving this bipartisan bill towards the finish line is an important step in the right direction to live up to the promises we made to our men and women in uniform.”
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, introduced in the Senate by Isakson and Tester earlier this year, would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, as well as the clothing allowance for veterans based on rising costs of living.
This cost-of-living adjustment, which would be equal to the amount of the adjustment given to Social Security recipients, is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index on a yearly basis.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 on May 21. Following today’s Senate passage, the measure heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. Once signed, the cost-of-living adjustment for veterans goes into effect on Dec. 1, 2018.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 115th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate VA Committee since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the armed services as well as more than 750,000 veterans.
Here is the list of Benefits that have just been extended. Click the red bar to see all of them.
1-877-927-8387 - 1-877-WAR-VETS
This is a 24 hr Live' Confidential' call center for War Vets and their Families.
You can talk about your Military Experience or any other issue that you and your family is facing during your readjustment to civilian life.
The United States Court of Appeals is a National Court of record established under Article 1 of the Constitution. It has exclusive jurisdiction of Judicial Review on final decisions by the Board of Veterans Appeals within the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Court provides an impartial review of administrative decisions that were adverse to the veteran-appellant's claim of entitlement to benefits service connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness.
You must have had a final decision from the Board of Veterans Appeals before appealing to this Court. note: the VA Regional Office is not the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Click on the Seal to the right to get to the Webpage.
Tom, an Army Veteran, came home from Vietnam to hostility, so he hid his service. For years, he felt on edge and tried to cope by drinking. When Tom reconnected with a battle buddy, he found they had the same challenges, prompting him to get help at a Vet Center. Now he’s living a happier life. You can connect to our local VA Vet Van, that Tom was referring to below on this page = 208-342-3612 and other counseling resources.
March 2018 - Judge Lamas speaks to the Senators about how very important the funding & program continuance for Veterans Courts, and the additional treatment Courts.
Veteran Joshua Mantz, speaking of his own experiences and outcomes with catastrophic Moral injury on the battlefield. This is an excellent TEDx presentation...........
Ricardos' transition to civilian life led to hopelessness, he attempted suicide but finally found some programs that set him on a good path to recovery
A Marine vet shares his story about being deployed in Afghanistan.
Politics aside, if you don't feel anything watching this man cry, you should probably check your pulse. It's unimaginable what these guys go through. Hat's off to Sgt Louis J. Loftus. Nothing but respect.
It took decades to get some acknowledgement from the VA that Agent Orange caused the Illnesses and Cancer it has, this one is finally getting some attention.
Check out this great video
Upon returning from Vietnam, Ron wanted to have a friendly place for Vets to go and feel comfortable and have no financial obligation. He Co-founded the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in 2006.
Phil walked into the first Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida office one day, found out what we were doing, liked it and has been volunteering since then. He has been a champion for helping us with 'fundraising'. Phil served in the Special Forces in Vietnam, and has been our Vice-Chairman for many years.
Upon moving to Ontario, Oregon, Charlene, whose Brothers all served in the Air Force, wanted to 'Honor' all our Veterans and became our first Office Manager, and quickly became our Secretary/Treasurer.
John also serves the Community as the Ex. Director of the Greater Ontario Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, and has been a contributing/Active Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Board member for many years, and served our Country in the US Army.John is on left.
Vince has been a very active Board Member now for many years, since he dropped by the office one day asking for some assistance, and has been involved every week since his first visit. Vince also served in Vietnam.
Gerald is a 25 year Army Veteran enlisting in 1954 during the 'Cold-War' working in Army Air Defense Systems, and retiring as a Major, 0-4. After retirement he was ordained as a Minister, and he and his wife Trudy volunteered as Chaplains at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. Currently he is on the Board and Chaplain for Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida.
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