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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

Thank you to Coquille Valley Elks Lodge#1935 for donation to Firewood for Vets

SOVO board member Krystal Hopper attending AMVETS Meeting with Jeff Meyers at The Eagles

Thank you to the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge #1935 for donating a brand new  STIHL chainsaw to the SOVO – Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach Firewood for Vets program.

“Firewood for Vets” provides firewood to Disabled Combat Veterans and Widows of Combat Veterans in the Coos County and surrounding area.

More About Firewood for Vets
This is a program under the registered 501c3 nonprofit Veterans support organization Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach (SOVO). All recipients must provide verifiable ID of Veteran status and will be connected to additional resources, if needed.

Tomorrow, all Veterans enrolled in VA health care will be eligible for new toxic exposure screenings

WASHINGTON — Beginning tomorrow, Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and clinics across the country will offer enrolled Veterans a new toxic exposure screening. These screenings are a key part of the PACT Act, a new law that empowers VA to deliver care and benefits to millions of toxic exposed Veterans and their survivors.
The screening takes around five to 10 minutes and begins by asking Veterans if they believe they experienced any toxic exposures while serving in the armed forces. Veterans who answer “yes” will then be asked about specific exposures, including open burn pits/airborne hazards, Gulf War-related exposures, Agent Orange, radiation, Camp Lejeune contaminated water exposure and other exposures.
Veterans enrolled in VA health care will be offered an initial toxic exposure screening then follow-up screenings at least once every five years.

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