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Regional Winter Gathering for Military Veterans in Farming

From OSU Extension Small Farms Program

We are excited to announce a Winter Gathering for Military Veterans in Farming.

Date: Sunday January 8th, 2023
Time: 11:30-1:30pm
Location: Spencer Creek Grange
86013 Lorane Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405

What: Networking, Socializing, Informational, and Optional Potluck (Soup & Bread to be provided)

Space is limited – RSVP REQUIRED: Veterans spouses and partners may attend, being mindful that this is an event geared to Veteran Farmer Networking. RSVP HERE: https://beav.es/5ng

Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2vHahUO2f

The event will be a chance for Veterans who are farming or interested in farming to come and socialize, network, and access resources. As a group we will explore market shared branding, and marketing of Veteran Owned Farm products. We will also be sharing grant opportunities and encourage attendees to share resources that have been most helpful for them.

After this summer’s Veteran Farm Tour Series, we wanted to host a casual networking and information exchange event. Spencer Creek Grange in Eugene has graciously donated a space for the event as part of their ongoing Community Service & Veterans Program.

Please reach out to me kelsocr@oregonstate.edu or Teagan at 541-713-5011 if you have any questions.

We hope you can join us, and feel free to let us know if you need any accommodations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2vHahUO2f


Oregon Veteran Volunteer Training Program to Host Training Jan. 26 in Albany

from ODVA

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving aging veterans in their communities by helping veterans learn how to access potential earned benefits and resources.

The next training is scheduled for interested volunteers in Linn, Benton and Marion counties (but is open to all interested parties) and will be held at 9 a.m. January 26, 2023, in Albany. To attend this training, interested persons must fill out the online interest form at oregonvetvolunteer.com or contact Veteran Volunteer Coordinator Mark Newell at 971-720-8911 or ODVA_VeteranVolunteer@odva.oregon.gov by 4 p.m. January 19.

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Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Committee to Hold Virtual Meeting December 7

The next VIRTUAL meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022, via Zoom. The Zoom room will open at 9 a.m., but the meeting does not officially begin until 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
Town Hall:
There will be a Town Hall at the end of the business meeting in which we invite you to ask questions of the committee and director. This time is set aside for individuals to bring up broader veteran community issues. Members of the community are also invited to submit written public comments to the Committee at the following email address: vaac@odva.state.or.us
To attend:
You will need to pre-register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctceuprT4iG9RuNrFZImfstIxavCPoN5CM
Pre-registration is required. Once pre-registered, you will receive the meeting link.

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Willamette Master Chorus Veterans Concert Set for November 12th & 13th, 2022

SALEM, Ore. – The Willamette Master Chorus returns to live performances for our 38th concert season on Saturday, Nov. 12th and Sunday, Nov. 13th with our 18th Annual Veterans concert. Miserere Songs of Mercy and Redemption, a 45-minute work, was written in 2019 by the emerging Welsh composer – Sir Karl Jenkins. This work is based on verses from Psalm 51 and is dedicated to all who have suffered or perished during conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Highlights include the fourth Annual WMC High School Honor Choir with teacher recommended students from the Salem-Keizer, Dallas, Silverton and Stayton areas. Patriotic anthems and service hymns will be sung to honor the various branches of the US military.
Concert times are 3:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 12th and Sunday, Nov. 13th and will be held in the Hudson Hall auditorium of the Rogers Music Center, on the Willamette University campus at 900 State St., in Salem.
Box office and Will Call open at 2:30 pm each day, tickets are $22-$33 and available online or at the Box Office.
Tickets are available online at: https://www.willamettemasterchorus.org/concerts.php or by calling the office at 503-580-0406.

ODVA Director Reflects on Service, Sacrifices of Korean War Veteran Generation on Veterans Day

ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick
Each year, our nation sets aside Veterans Day to remember all the men and women who have defended our liberty through their honorable military service. American cities big and small celebrate with ceremonies across the nation to honor their service and their sacrifice.
We are proud to note that even in the wake of devastating and destabilizing world events like the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations that honor our nation’s veterans were among the first to return to full strength. The value that we as Oregonians and Americans place on honoring and showing gratitude toward those who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms and way of life is immense.
This year, while the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs continues to honor all veterans of all eras, we are paying tribute to one particular era of our veteran community: Oregon’s Korean War veterans. Though this war it is referred to as the “Forgotten War,” we in Oregon have never — and will never — forget the extraordinary and heroic veterans who fought for freedom in the Korean War.

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More Coos Bay Veterans Day Meals – November 11, 2022


Coos Bay Elks and AM LEGION are having a Veterans Dinner between 4 PM and 6 PM at Elks Lodge. Located at 265                                   Central Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420.


Coos Bay Eagles and AMVETS are having a free Veterans Dinner on V-Day Social at 5 PM and Dinner at 6 PM at Eagles Lodge at 568 S. 2nd St., Coos Bay, OR 97420