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WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday with Help of SOVO Volunteers

Charles Evans, WWII Veteran celebrates his 100th birthday at Inland Point Retirement Community. (photo courtesy of Inland Point).
Charles Evans celebrated his 100th birthday at Inland Point this past week with a drive-by parade of his supporters.  SOVO volunteers were part of the celebration honoring this WWII veteran. See other pictures below.


Thomas Benz, SOVO Board Director and Treasurer, extends his well-wishes to Charles Evans, WWII Veteran on Evans’ 100 birthday.











Fellow veterans and well-wishers join the drive-by birthday celebration at Inland Point Retirement Community for WWII Veteran Charles Evans on his 100th birthday.


Introducing new Director on SOVO Board

Krystal Hopper is the newest member of the SOVO Board of Directors. Krystal is the proud daughter of a military family and a strong advocate for Veterans. She serves as co-lead of the annual North Bend Veterans Stand Down and the South Coast Veterans Assistance Network (SCVAN). She serves on the Board for the Oregon Coast Military Museum and is a member of the Oregon South Coast Patriot Guard Riders. She facilitated the founding of the Women Veterans of the Oregon Coast and was instrumental in the founding of SWOCC Student Veteran Organization, where she was a vocal advocate for the current Veterans Center on campus. Krystal has served as the Director of Communications for Operation Rebuild Hope, currently serves as an Alumni Board Member, and has volunteered many hours towards their Veteran Housing projects, which include the Timberwolves Den and Bryan’s Home.

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Roseburg implemented new restrictions for in-person visits

Need to go to the Roseburg VA Campus?  Plan ahead

Roseburg VA main entrance (913 NW Garden Valley Blvd) is closed. Exit Only.  Enter the campus off of Harvard (from I-5 exit 124 onto Harvard) head away from Roseburg High School to the Harvard Entrance.  From Harvard: Take a right at stop light at Fir Grove intersection, enter VA grounds, stay on main road until you come to a stop sign.  Turn left and go into the North Parking Lot.  All entries must be through the front entrance (URGENT CARE)..
Due to coronavirus, Veterans will be greeted prior to entering the campus with virus-related questions, as well as getting their temperature checked. The VA is also pushing video doctor appointments when possible. “It’ll be very similar to what the expectations are within the community. But it’s definitely a different way of doing things on campus,” said Christina Cellura, Chief of Staff for VA SORCC. The VA has also asked for no additional visitors and for all veterans to wear a mask. If you have any questions or concerns the VA says to call prior to visiting the campus.  1-541-541-440-1000.

Annie text message program guides Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

For Veterans who would like guidance for staying safe or managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, Annie can help. Annie is VA’s automated text messaging program that sends health information and self-care reminders. Any cell phone with texting capabilities can receive Annie messages.
There are two types of Annie COVID-19 messages:
      Coronavirus Precaution messages can help you understand and monitor symptoms. These Annie messages provide information about COVID-19, send tips on actions you can take to protect yourself and help you monitor for viral symptoms. They also help you assess what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, including whether to contact your care team or a nurse triage line.
     Coping During COVID-19 messages help ease feelings of anxiety or isolation. A few times a week, Annie sends a text asking if you would like a coping tip. If you reply ‘yes,’ Annie sends one of more than 60 activities that you can do to help decrease feelings of anxiety, anger, depression, and isolation. Coping During COVID-19 is a self-care tool designed to help you feel more connected and less stressed.
For more information,  how to subscribe, and two helpful videos, click here.

New PREVENTS Roadmap for ending suicide among veterans


Last month, President Trump released the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). This landmark nationwide plan engages Americans in a nationwide effort to prevent suicide, connect Veterans and others at risk to federal and local resources, and facilitate coordinated research on suicide prevention.
“My administration is taking steps to ensure that the men and women who bravely fought for us when they were called will be given the care and attention they need during some of their darkest hours,” said President Donald J. Trump. Read More

COVID-19 screening tool speeds time entering Roseburg VA facilities

News Release

A new online and mobile COVID-19 screening tool will help Veterans entering Roseburg VA Health Care System campuses and facilities. Veterans, staff, delivery drivers and contractors can now answer required screening questions using a mobile device before departing for their visit – however, all must continue to have temperatures taken as the final step. Using the mobile screening tool is not a requirement, only an option – Veterans without a mobile device can proceed as normal to attend appointments.
The new screening tool can be found at https://www.va.gov/covid19screen. Mobile device users may text “Screen” to 53079 to have a link to the tool sent to their phone. After completing the screening questions on the screening tool, show the results to the screeners at the checkpoint while entering a VA campus to have your temperature taken. If using a mobile device to complete the screening, do so before leaving home – do not use a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle on or off campus.


SOVO to follow Face Covering Requirements

News Release –

Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties.
Oregon can stay safe if we all do our part to keep COVID-19 under control and protect our friends, family and neighbors from this virus.

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Want more info on Covid-19? Check out these resources

from ODVA
blog, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veterans have multiple resources available for the latest COVID-19, or coronavirus, information.
To see a list of resources, click here.

GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic

Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits under S. 3503, which President Trump signed into law March 21.
The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.

To read more, click here.

Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know

from ODVA

It takes everyone’s diligent effort to do what we can to beat this virus. Please, help your fellow Veterans, those at risk, and your loved ones and follow good social distancing practices everywhere. Thank you.
For more information and FAQs, click Read More.

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