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WOUNDED WARRIOR PLACARD is coming to a DMV near you. Oregon Veterans who qualify for a disabled parking permit and have a service-connected disability that is VA-rated at 50 percent or greater may apply for the new Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicles division (DMV). The Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard exempts the driver from paying fees in public parking areas with metered parking. It also enables veterans to park in time-limited spaces for longer than the posted limit (except in zones that are designated 30 minutes or less). There is no fee for the placard. See the DMV website at or visit DMV field offices. With the completed form, veterans must also submit a copy of their benefit summary letter (also known as the “tax abatement letter”) from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, confirming their service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or greater. DMV-related questions may be directed to (503) 945-5000 or (503) 299-9999 (Portland Metro Area). For more information about Oregon disabled parking permits, visit the DMV website at

THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from America’s War Veterans. If you know of a Veteran or you are a Veteran that would like to share your story to be preserved at Library of Congress, visit: (Hearty thanks to Laura Moore, VSO, Madras)

NEW POST! – David A. Butler, PhD, wrote a paper a few years back about Agent Orange that talks about how the health effects of dioxin exposure were first isolated. It’s entitled “Connections: The Early History of Scientific and Medical Research on Agent Orange" and it can be read or downloaded from a link:

NEW POST! Another excellent source for info about AGENT ORANGE. Especially for Vietnam Veterans. See the link:

NEIGHBORIMPACT PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP VETERANS: Energy Conservation Assistance, Home Weatherization Grants, Home Financing, Child Care, Financial Coaching, Homebuyer Workshops, Credit & Budgeting Training, Food Pantries, and more. Info: Becca Hitt, Outreach Specialist, 541-548-2380, ext. 159 or

COVO NEEDS WINTER DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS & OTHERS: Blankets, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, heavy (wool) socks, boots, propane, long johns, coats, sweaters, hygiene supplies, infant & baby supplies, tarps, stoves, lights, and (new) batteries. Any cold weather gear you can donate. Donations for COVO can be dropped off at 61510 S HWY 97, Bend, OR 97702 More info: 541-383-2793.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – CARING FOR TROOPS has been gathering items and shipping care packages to deployed troops from Central Oregon. Caring For Troops (CFT) is Central Oregon's support organization for locally connected men and women serving overseas in the United States military. CFT is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. If you would like to volunteer and/or help out, contact CFT at

VETERAN SERVICES OFFICER coming to Warm Springs! This summer, the state Department of Veterans Affairs and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs signed a memorandum of understanding. There may be a grand opening for a Warm Springs Veterans office. Stay tuned...

LOOKING for a JOB? “Veterans Ascend” is a new Veteran employment organization that is helping Veterans connect with employers. It has developed a new web-based veteran employment system that changes the way employers find and hire veterans. When an employer creates a job profile, the system matches the veteran’s skills profile with the employers' job profile. No resume required. This is a free service for Veterans. All Veterans need to do is visit the website and take 5-10 minutes to complete a profile.

RED CROSS HELPS VETERANS! The Red Cross offers many programs and is the only agency that stays with military members throughout their life span; even as they transition from active to veteran status. Here are some of their programs and links:

Mind Body Workshops

Reconnection Workshops

Financial Assistance for Military families

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at


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