VISIT the ER or Go to the VA? For veterans - how do you know when to go to your local hospital, or visit the VA instead? When do your benefits cover ER and ambulance bills? Find out here:

CAMP VICTORY is now open in Bend: a veteran-owned fitness studio on a mission to build a healthy community for everyone. Ryan Bilbrey, Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 veteran, is the owner. Address: 20370 Empire Ave. Suite C5, Bend, OR 97703. On the 1st Sunday of every month, Camp Victory is offering a free "Military Fit N' Fun Day" to military service veterans and their families. or

TAKE A VETERAN FISHING! Information about using the Bend Band of Brothers’ fishing boat, contact East Lake Resort in La Pine at 541-536-2230 or email at

NEW OFFICE HOURS for VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE, Jefferson County: for details, please contact Laura or Kayla at 541-475-5228 or

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON has been formed to take Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on 4-day trips to Washington, DC. The first cadre of Korean War Veterans to traveled to D.C. this past week 6-6-18, to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can also still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications are available. For more information, contact Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or

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:

Speaking of HOUSING...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 aHome 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:

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. More info here: VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

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

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