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Support for those grieving loss on this Memorial Day

If you have lost a friend or loved one who was a Veteran or military service member, we encourage you to honor & remember them today – and please reach out for support if needed.

 

 

If you need support, please reach out to us!
Call the Military Helpline at 1-888-457-4838
or call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

“We’re here every day, every night, every hour, to serve those who have served our country, and to support their loved ones. We strive to honor their efforts. We remind them that they do not have to fight alone.”

 – Military Services Staff Member

ODVA Director Memorial Day Message: Reflecting on Unity, Strength through Diversity

Director Fitzpatrick and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will host a virtual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony this year on Facebook and YouTube. All Oregonians are welcome to join for the live premiere at 10 a.m. May 31, or tune in at a later time.
For the second year in a row, Memorial Day observances in communities, organizations and even within family groups will look very different later this month because of the COVID pandemic.
The parades, large ceremonies and other occasions, which I and so many others in the Oregon veteran community have always found moving and meaningful, have not yet been able to safely return in many places.
Yet, the importance of this day — and the emotions and memories that it brings — have not changed.
For countless families across our communities, our state and our nation, Memorial Day is a stark and, often, painful reminder of those loved ones who went to serve their country and never came home.

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Sign up for your Covid-19 Vaccination at Safeway – Link inside

Link to register is listed at bottom of this article.
You will be asked to confirm that you are eligible for Vaccine according to the government priorities.
COVID-19 vaccine is currently being prioritized for the following people:
* Healthcare personnel
* EMS and First Responders
* Teachers K-12 and Childcare Workers
* Public Safety Workers
* Law Enforcement
* Corrections Officers/Staff
* Adults age 70 and older

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City of Coos Bay awards $5000 to SOVO

Thanks to the City of Coos Bay, SOVO has been awarded a $5,000 grant which can be used as needed to support services to the nearly 10,000 veterans in SOVO’s catchment area.

Interested in Oregon Veteran Related Legislation? Here’s where to find it.

ODVA tracks legislation  <https://www.oregon.gov/odva/connect/pages/legislation.aspx> impacting the veteran community and emails a weekly Bill Digest whenever the legislature is in session. Currently new Bill Digests are released every Friday.  If interested, please subscribe by clicking this link. <https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDVA/subscriber/new?topic_id=ORDVA_30> Read More

Bandon by Sea Rotary Donates to SOVO

Many thanks to Bandon by the Sea Rotary for donating $1,000 to SOVO from their annual veterans golf fundraiser.  This money is earmarked for the Coos County STAND DOWN which serves hundreds of veterans each year. The Stand Down, which may be the largest, per capita, in the state,  is only one of the many ways that SOVO serves our area veterans. Did you know that there are 7108 veterans in Coos County alone – and that 552 of them are women?   More than 1 in 5 veterans have mental health issues.  According to the Devereaux Center which serves those who are homeless and have mental health issues, veterans account for 13% of their clients. Thanks to this donation, more will be served.

How can Veterans find out when they can get the vaccine?

VA Vantage – Official Blog
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

How can Veterans find out when they can get the vaccine?

Veterans and caregivers can sign up for an easy way to stay informed about getting a COVID-19 vaccine through VA at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.

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How Veterans, designated caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccine from VA

As of Feb. 3, 2021, VA is providing COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:

  • Veterans living in VA long-term care facilities
  • Veterans who already receive care at VA and are at high risk from COVID-19 based on VA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) risk criteria. At many VA health care facilities, this group includes all Veterans who are at least 75 years old. Each facility will determine when Veterans in this group can receive a vaccine. They’ll base this decision on vaccine availability, local needs, and the strict vaccine storage and handling requirements of the vaccines.
  • Family caregivers who are enrolled in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). PCAFC Caregivers are eligible for vaccination when the Veteran they care for becomes eligible. VA will tell the family caregiver if they can get a vaccine when VA invites the Veteran to get one.
  • VA health care personnel. Vaccinating VA health care personnel helps continue to provide care for Veterans.

VA is first prioritizing Veterans who are actively receiving health care from VA. If Veterans are not currently receiving health care through VA, find out eligibility and how to apply here.

To keep reading, click this link.

New Board Members for SOVO

SOVO is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members.  Rick Anderson, Kyle Brown, Teka Brown, and Matt Hays have all agreed to serve on the board. This is great news for the veterans SOVO serves.  Stay tuned for more information as we update the Board page.

2020 Veteran’s Concert Message for 3pm on Nov. 14-15, 20 Mark Your Calendars

Willamette Master Chorus will hold their 16th Annual Veterans Concert at 3pm on November 14 and 15th at WillametteMasterChorus.org.