Central Oregon Veteran Info


Ernie Tafala, Chaplain for Partners-In-Care, is looking for Volunteers to help with hospice counseling & patient companionship. If you have a heart for helping others, contact Ernie at erniet@partnersbend.org or phone (541) 749-0492.


HOUSING INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS specifically for VETERANS housing in Bend. They are looking to select three qualified veterans by this June (for home purchases in the Summer of 2019). These will be small, detached homes that are specifically for qualified veterans. Informational meetings will be held: Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Noon and Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Noon. Veterans wishing to attend MUST RSVP via this link: homeownership@bendhabitat.org Sessions will be held at Bend Area Habitat for Humanity: 224 NE Thurston Ave., Bend OR.More info: contact Dee or Catalina at 541-385-5387, ext 103.

There will be a 2.0 percent COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities. More info at this link:

If you receive COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), deductions for SBP Premium will be coming this April. More info at this link: Coming this April: SBP Premium Deductions from CRSC

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help. Click on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

VA REVISES REGULATIONS ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF VETERANS - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances. More info here: VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

ZERO PERCENT INTEREST STUDENT LOAN BENEFIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE – The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Departments of Education (ED) and Veterans Affairs to educate service members and veterans about a significant student loan benefit based on their military service. Federal law exempts members of the military from paying interest for up to 60 months on certain student loans while serving or having served in an area that qualifies them to receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Service members and veterans can also apply retroactively based on previous qualifying military service. This benefit applies to direct loans or a portion of a direct consolidation loan made on or after Oct. 1, 2008. Veterans can take these actions to avoid student loan interest: Check your loan type and servicer by logging in to “My Federal Student Aid” at StudentAid.gov/login.

The NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is located in New Windsor, New York. The 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts and Purple Heart recipient stories. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and the NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of these Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored and share their stories is through our Roll of Honor electronic database. This database is accessible in The Hall of Honor main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Purple Heart recipients (or their family) only need to complete a simple enrollment form and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. More information is available at (845) 561-1765 or Dennis.Sciba@parks.ny.gov

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON has been formed to take Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on a 4-day trip to Washington, DC to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications will soon be available through the new board, led by Martin Baltazar of Redmond. For more information, contact Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO Deannalynn@gmail.com

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804.

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS RANCH is conducting a fundraising drive. More info: https://www.gofundme.com/CentralOregonVeteransRanch-org and at their website: https://www.covranch.org/ The Veterans Ranch is a 501c3 corporation and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Please give generously to help this noble facility.

Neighbor Impact has announced a NEW MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM to help anyone who has had a loss of at least 10% income in the last year. This program is intended to keep folks in their homes by helping with mortgage when a family has lost some income source (job, family revenue stream, etc.) No income limitations. There is also a RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. More info: Becky Steeley 541-323-6566 or beckys@neighborimpact.org

Veterans...Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA's home mortgage program. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278,
Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com
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