Some of the 'Services' and 'Programs we have available
Some of the 'Services' and 'Programs we have available
Towards the bottom of this page, we have listed many of the "Supporters" of Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida. We are 'Thankful' for their Contributions, for those resources are intergal to helping so many Veterans, Military and Families in need. Thank You....
Additional 9/11 information is accessible by clicking on the 'Red Bar' marked 'more on the History, Memorial and Museum.
"It is indefensible that U.S. military personnel, who are already at risk of serious injury and death when fighting the enemy, were put at further risk from the potentially harmful emissions from the use of open-air burn pits," said a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
The report also said that millions of dollars were spent on incinerators to properly dispose of waste, but that many sat idle next to the active burn pits.
The following is a story by 'Teen Kids News'
I found their perspective especially understanding when they acknowledged a deep and historically seeded understanding about 'who we are', and that was: "always remember that we were attacked not for what we do wrong but for what we do right".
The attacks of September 11, 2001, reshaped the face of the nation and the course of history. Our lives and the lives of those to come — not just here in New York or the United States, but around the globe — have changed forever.
The date, September 11, will forever evoke recollections of unimaginable tragedy, of lives callously lost and brutally cut short and of unspeakable horror and sorrow in the hearts and minds of all of us. We must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorist fanatics are willing to sink in the name of their depraved cause as they seek to destroy the very principles of freedom and democracy on which this great nation was founded.
That is why each and every September 11, we as Americans pay tribute to those who lost their lives that fateful day. We gather in unity and dignity to honor the freedoms that we have fought for in the past, the freedoms our loved ones have died for, and those freedoms that we continue to fight for today.
Remembering that day is not a choice but our solemn obligation — on September 11, 2001, there were 2,749 heroes lost; seven buildings destroyed and, with their collapse, 30 million square feet of commercial office space was lost or damaged; 60,000 jobs disappeared; 65,000 commuters were dislocated by the destruction; five subway lines and 12 subway stations were affected or closed; and 1.6 million tons of smoking debris filled the World Trade Center site.
As you recall September 11, always remember that we were attacked not for what we do wrong but for what we do right. Remember the spirit of that day — the day America showed what makes us a great people and a great nation; the day the true character of our nation triumphed over unspeakable evil; the day that freedom and democracy prevailed yet again over oppression and tyranny.
By By George Pataki/ CNN
At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, collided into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City immediately killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper. Only 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Both towers afire, burning debris covered the surrounding buildings and the streets below while hundreds jumped from the towers to their deaths in an attempt to escape. About 30 minutes later, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania killing all 40 souls onboard. Meanwhile, both World Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble.
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
"Agent Orange" refers to a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. Herbicides were also used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s.
In addition, VA has determined there is evidence of exposure to Agent Orange for Air Force and Air Force Reserve members who served during the period 1969 through 1986 and regularly and repeatedly operated, maintained, or served onboard C-123 aircraft (known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent during the Vietnam era). For more information about service qualifications and other eligibility criteria, visit our Agent Orange C-123 web page.
VA and federal law presumes that certain diseases are a result of exposure to these herbicides. This "presumptive policy" simplifies the process for receiving compensation for these diseases since VA foregoes the normal requirements of proving that an illness began during or was worsened by your military service.
A Veteran who believes he or she has a disease caused by Agent Orange exposure that is not one of the conditions listed below must show an actual connection between the disease and herbicide exposure during military service.
VA presumes that Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides if they served:
If you fall into either category listed above, you do not have to show that you were exposed to Agent Orange to be eligible for disability compensation for diseases VA presumes are associated with it. Check the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam to confirm whether your service aboard a ship allows VA to concede you were exposed to Agent Orange..
Even if you did not serve in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the specified time periods, you can still apply for disability compensation if you were exposed to an herbicide while in the military and believe it led to the onset of a disease. This includes:
If eligible, you must prove that you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your military service to be eligible for service-connection for disease VA presumes are related to Agent Orange exposure.
Exception: Blue Water Veterans with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may be granted service-connection without showing inland waterway service or that they set foot in Vietnam. This is because VA also recognizes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as related to service in Vietnam or the waters offshore of Vietnam during the Vietnam Era.
VA currently presumes that some diseases resulted from exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. The Veterans Health Administration's Public Health website lists these diseases VA presumes are associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service:
If you are seeking service connection for one of the diseases VA presumes is associated with exposure to herbicides during service, VA requires the following:
If you believe that you have a disease caused by herbicide exposure, but that disease is not on the list of diseases associated with Agent Orange, you may still apply for service-connection. In these cases, VA requires all of the following:
Monthly payment rates are based on the Veteran's combined rating for his or her service-connected disabilities. These ratings are based on the severity of the disabilities. Additional amounts are paid to certain Veterans with severe disabilities ("special monthly compensation") and certain Veterans with dependents. You can view the current Compensation Rate Tables to determine the amount you may receive.
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.
Check VA's Guide to Agent Orange Claims to learn more about how to establish eligibility to disability compensation and how much VA pays. You can also call the Agent Orange Help Line at 1-800-749-8387 or send an e-mail to GW/AOHelpline@vba.va.gov. You must provide your name, e-mail address, telephone and/or fax number, and VA file number/Social Security Number. We will do our best to respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually 3 to 10 workdays).
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD !!
whether you are a veteran or not, you can contact the 'Senate Veteran Affairs Committee', 'The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs', and the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs.
Just click on their links on our page titled "PROGRAMS/RESOURCES/BOD
Thank's to the Management and Staff of our local Ontario Love's, for their continued assistance for our local Veterans and their Families!
Love's phone= 541-823-8282
1041 NW Washington Ave, Ontario,OR
Bringing Food Programs to our Veterans and their Families. Thank you to all the folks at Southeast Oregon Services.
Thanks Home Depot for assisting our area Veterans, and Military!
A special thanks to all the Board and Staff at TVCC for their continuing assistance for our Veterans , Military and their Families.
Through the Small Business Development Center at TVCC, the VSBM offers Veteran Business Owners excellent assistance! Thanks
Thank You Fiesta Farms for your continuing support of our area Veterans and their Families. Your assistance has made a big difference!!
Meadow Outdoor Advertising has helped promote the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida with great Billboard signage! Thank you for continuing to support our Nations Veterans!
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.
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.
Please come on in and visit our store in the 'Main Office Building'. We are open Monday thru Friday from 10am to 3pm.
We will at various times be offering some "Special Promotions and Sales". If you come on in to our office at 180 W. Idaho Ave, Ontario, Oregon, or give a call to 541-889-1978, we will tell you about any 'current' sales and promotions we have going on.
Re-dedicated this last June 2019, to the memory and Honor of one of our local Heroes. The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida extend to you an open invitation to visit the Museum and Library and learn more about Sgt. Brennen and all of our local and regional Heroes who have served our great Country, and the many who did "GIVE ALL".
You may arrange special viewing appointments by calling our offices at 541-889-1978, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm.
While our country is dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans Benefits Administration within the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified its outreach by meeting veterans where they are in a safe environment. At the VBA, we provide benefits and services to veterans, service members, survivors and dependents in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the nation.
As VBA's leader, I typically travel around the country throughout the year engaging veterans face-to-face to bring awareness about different benefits and services available to them and their dependents. This is also where I learn a great deal about veterans' needs and gather insights.
Unfortunately, the pandemic slowed that travel. So we've found another way to stay connected: conducting multiple telephone town hall meetings each week. Since March, I've conducted 69 tele-town halls in 50 states and connected with more than 2.5 million veterans.
In doing these tele-town halls, I've learned veterans from every state have different concerns about the pandemic, specific to their location. A veteran in Oklahoma may be more concerned about education benefits during the pandemic, while another in Florida is looking for a representative to assist with the home loan application process. I learned from a veteran's spouse that her husband had died and she was concerned about losing her home. We followed up to help her directly. Thanks to responsive action by VBA employees and her husband's honorable service, this survivor is receiving benefits she deserves and her financial
"HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A VETERAN"
On November 11th, we will be celebrating Veterans Day. It is a really astounding day and cannot be forgotten at any level. Respect and tribute is given to our Veterans with utmost feelings from the depth of our hearts. Ontario usually has a Veterans Day Parade, but this year, due to Covid-19 there will not be a parade. As a tribute to our Veterans, Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida would like to have an essay contest. We will put together a packet with an introductory letter, Contest Rules and Guidelines and a Student information page. These packets will be available on our web site: www.veteranadvocates.org or by e-mail at email@example.com. This contest will be open to all students in Malheur, Payette, and Washington Counties. Students will be divided into three groups: 1st through 5th Grade, with a 50 to 100 word Essay, 6th Grade through 9th Grade, with a 75 to 150 word Essay and 10th through 12th Grade with 150 to 300 word Essay.
Again due to the Covid-19, we ask that if teachers wish to have packets at their school to contact Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida and arrangements will be made to get the packets to the school.
Entries can be sent via e-mail to Charlene Pelland at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Charlene Pelland at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, 180 West Idaho Avenue, Ontario Oregon, 97914. All entries need to be received by November 4th, 2020. They can also be dropped off at our office, by calling ahead and ringing the doorbell. Someone will hand them to you at the door. Masks are required.
This can be a valuable opportunity for parents, teachers and students to learn and share their stories about Veterans and their role in our country. Veterans are the life-blood of our country. Without them, Americans would not have the freedom we have today. Veterans have made it possible for us to live normal lives. Throughout history, veterans have fought so that we could be free. By doing this, they have set the standards for our country. It is important for parents to be the steering wheel on the vehicle of learning, providing guidance and information, but not doing the work for them.
There will be a first, Second and Third place in each group. First place will receive $100.00, Second place will receive $50.00 and third place will receive $25.00. Winners will be notified by November 6th, 2020. Essays will be placed in Veteran Advocates Military Museum and a team will do a special presentation to each winner and it will be put into our local paper. Essays will also be put on Veteran Advocates website.
"CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES"
TO PRINT THE 'RULES & REGULATIONS: HIGHLIGHT #1 THRU #7 BELOW, THEN COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR BLANK DOCUMENT, THEN YOU CAN PRINT IT.
1. This contest is open to all Elementary, Middle and High School Students in Malheur, Payette and Washington Counties. There will be a First, Second and Third Place winner in each Group. Essay is on: “How you would define a Veteran?”
2. Submission from elementary students (Grade 1 through 5) must be 50 to 100 words. Middle school students (grades 6 through 9) must submit an essay that is 75 to 150 words and high school student’s (10th through 12thgrade) essay must be 100 to 300 words.
3. Entries will be judge on clarity of thought, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation and adherence to the contest theme and guidelines.
4. All entries must be received by Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. By 4:00 p.m. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
5. Entries should be submitted via e-mail, with a completed Student Information page (included in your packet) to Charlene Pelland at email@example.com or mailed to Charlene Pelland C/o Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, 180 West Idaho Avenue, Ontario Oregon 97914. Essay submission may be dropped off at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida by calling 541-889-1978 and then ring the doorbell. Someone will be at the door to accept your packet. Masks are required.
6. First Place winner in each group (Elementary, Middle and High School) will receive $100.00 and second place in each group will receive $50.00 and third place winners in each group will receive $25.00.
7. By submitting an entry, the student agrees that the work is original, and unassisted. Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida holds the right to publish any submissions to this contest. (With credit to the author.)
"VETERAN'S DAY ESSAY CONTEST"
Please fill out and send to Charlene Pelland at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Charlene Pelland C/o Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, 180 West Idaho Avenue, Ontario, OR 97914 along with your completed essay.
TO PRINT APPLICATION:
HIGHLIGHT THE APPLICATION BELOW, THEN COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR BLANK DOCUMENT, THEN YOU CAN PRINT IT.
1. Name: _______________
2. Students E-Mail Address: _____________________
3. Student’s Phone Number: _____________________
4. School Name: __________________
5. County: ____________
6. Grade Level: _________
7. Teacher’s Name: ____________________
8. Teacher’s E-mail Address: ____________________
I, and my parent or guardian, hereby certifies that this submission is original and unassisted. I agree to the entire contest Rules and Guidelines set out by Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida. I also agree that Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida holds the right to publish any submissions to this contest. (With credit to the author).
Student Signature Date
Parent Signature Date
As a tribute to our Veterans, Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida would like to have an essay contest.
This contest will be open to all students in Malheur, Payette, and Washington Counties. Students will be divided into three groups: 1st through 5th Grade, with a 50 to 100 word Essay, 6th Grade through 9th Grade, with a 75 to 150 word Essay and 10th through 12th Grade with 150 to 300 word Essay.
Entry packets are available here on this website just click on and print the entry form and contest rules. Or you can email - email@example.com - and we will email your Entry form, or call the main office at 541-889-1978 to arrange to come by and pick up an Entry packet.
ALL ENTRIES NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 PM ON NOVEMBER 4TH, 2020
1. First Place winner in each group (Elementary, Middle and High School) will receive $100.00 and second place in each group will receive $50.00 and third place winners in each group will receive $25.00.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS VETERAN'S ESSAY CONTEST, PLEASE CALL 541-889-1978, MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 9:00AM TO 4:00PM. THANK YOU AND "GOOD LUCK"!