General Announcements

JOB OPPORTUNITIES for VETERANS!

(STILL OPEN!) JROTC INSTRUCTOR JOB – MADRAS HS in JEFFERSON COUNTY. Info: https://jeffersonco.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1637

JOB OPENING for VETERAN’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST in Madras. See attached job description.


LOOKING for a JOB? “Veterans Ascend” is a new Veteran employment organization that is helping Veterans connect with employers. No resume required. This is a free service for Veterans. All Veterans need to do is visit the website www.veteransascend.com and take 5-10 minutes to complete a profile.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for VETERANS!

C.O. VETERAN COUNCIL STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! Need volunteers for FaceBook & other social media, event planning, web site and more. To volunteer & get info: pam.mindt@gmail.com or sgwilkes73@gmail.com

C.O. VETERANS RANCH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS -- more info: Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, 65920 61st Street, Bend, Oregon 97703 PH: 541-706-9062 or aperry@centraloregonveteransranch.org

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is SEEKING VOLUNTEERS to work with Veterans in Clackamas, Deschutes and Polk counties who may not be aware of the state, county and federal benefits they qualify for or how to access them. Anyone who enjoys working with veterans and the aging population is encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit oregonvetvolunteer.com or contact Veteran Volunteer Coordinator Mark Newell at 503-373-2057 or veteranvolunteer@odva.state.or.us.
ALZHEIMER's ASSOCIATION is seeking volunteers to grow their team of passionate volunteers. There are opportunities available for everyone! More info: Kaitlyn Bertholet at Central Oregon Regional Coordinator, phone 541-317-3977 or https://alz.org/orswwa

DAV SHUTTLE VAN NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS! Volunteers needed to drive Veterans to Portland VA Medical Center and to clinics in Bend for medical appointments. No special license needed, DAV pays for gas & lunch for driver. Contact Paul DeWitt at 541-647-2363 or pauldewitt@bendbroadband.com

Ernie Tafalla, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for PARTNERS IN CARE is looking for Veterans to be part of a Vet2vet Hospice Volunteer Program, providing veterans on hospice service with camaraderie, companionship and more. Info: Ernie Tafalla: email erniet@partnersbend.org or 541-749-0492.

Transition at HOSPICE OF REDMOND needs Veteran volunteers to assist Veterans during their final days. Info: 541-548-7483 or transitions@hospiceofredmond.org


PRACTICAL NEWS FOR VETERANS

THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT collects & preserves personal stories and other documents from America’s War Veterans. If you know of a Veteran or you are a Veteran that wants a story to be preserved at Library of Congress, visit: http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html (BIG thanks to Laura Moore, VSO, Madras)

AGENT ORANGE – 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: https://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/jlp/vol13/iss2/3/.

Another source for info re: AGENT ORANGE. Especially for Vietnam Veterans: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/agent-orange/agent-orange-2018/index.asp

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 beccah@neighborimpact.org


COVO STILL NEEDS WINTER DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS VETS & 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. Donate cold weather gear at 61510 S. HWY 97, Bend. 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 www.caringfortroops.com

VETERAN SERVICES OFFICER coming to Warm Springs! This summer, there may be a grand opening for Warm Springs Veterans Service Office. Stay tuned.


RED CROSS HELPS VETERANS! The Red Cross offers many programs that can help Veterans and their families :
Mind Body Workshops https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/mind-body-workshops.html
Reconnection Workshops https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/register-reconnection-workshops.
Financial Assistance for Military families https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/financial-assistance.html
FUNERAL PLANNING GUIDE for VETERANS - https://www.lhlic.com/consumer-resources/funeral-planning-for-veterans/

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

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