1611 Virginia Ave., Ste 212, Box 406, North Bend , Oregon 97459 Hours: By Appointment Only sovo4vets@gmail.com 541-756-8718 (Office) 541-756-8758 (Fax)

Services for Long time SOVO Volunteer “Bill” Hutchinson Today – August 14

Services for William “Bill” Alan Hutchinson (1947-2021) will be held today, August 14, 2021 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (2250 16th Street, North Bend). The Rosary will begin at 10:30am, followed by Mass at 11:00am. The time of flag presentation is unknown, but possibly at 11:am.
As a long-time SOVO volunteer, Bill was often the first person visitors to the SOVO office met. From his seat behind the desk he would log visitors, answer questions, and set them up with appointments. Always up for a chat, Bill made everyone feel welcome. Bill might even tell you stories about his time in the Marine Corps. He will be missed by many. He was 74.
Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel 541-756-0440


Oregon Veterans Homes Covid-19 Update (as of July 29)

Even with residents and staff receiving the vaccine and with Governor Brown re-opening Oregon, the Homes are still required to follow strict guidelines from both federal and state entities.
As we continue to protect and treat all those entrusted to our care during these extraordinary times, we remain committed to providing information through regular updates and are expanding options to keep you up to date through additional communication tools like this weekly update..
The count is cumulative since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Current as of July 29, 2021

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Tips for avoiding VA home loan scams

VAntage Point

These tips for spotting and avoiding VA home loan scams come from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many service members, Veterans and military spouses have been receiving fraudulent calls and mailers from companies who claim to be affiliated with the government, VA, or their home loan servicer. These calls or mailers often try to sway you to refinance your home, agree to a loan modification, or pay your loan via purchased money orders. They may also try to convince you that your home is facing foreclosure.

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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.