1611 Virginia Ave., Ste 212, Box 406, North Bend , Oregon 97459 Hours: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday desk@sovoservesvets.org 541-756-8718 (Office) 541-756-8758 (Fax)

SOVO Job announcement – Immediate Opening

SOVO has an immediate opening for a Client Services Associate. The position will be permanent Part/Time (20-30 hours/week). Pay is $18/hour with no benefits. The position will be open until filled.
We are looking for a reliable, energetic and self-motivated individual with a passion for helping others to serve as our point of contact for veteran clients seeking assistance from our office. The Client Services Associate will work primarily away from the office, interacting directly with clients in their homes or public venues to deliver requested assistance. They will also assist the Executive Director to represent the organization at public events and meetings with community partners.

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Oregon Quilts of Valor to host Veterans Day Celebration

The Oregon Quilts of Valor Foundation will award 100 quilts to veterans in the community on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2022. The ceremony will take place at Salem Armory Auditorium (2320 17th St NE Salem, OR 97301). The event will begin at 12 p.m.
Members of the community are welcomed to join in the celebration.
For additional information please visit the Quilt of Valor website at https://www.qovf.org.


Oregon’s New Veteran Dental Program Launched November 1

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon House Bill 4095, which creates the state’s first Veteran Dental Program for Oregon veterans who do not qualify for Oregon Health Plan (OHP), passed in the 2022 Legislative Session. Administered by Oregon Health Authority, this state-funded program is separate and distinct from the dental benefit offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Beginning November 1, 2022, veterans can apply for the program using the OHP application.
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Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to Host Statewide Veterans Day Ceremony at Oregon State Capitol 11/10 at 11am.

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will honor all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces during its Statewide Veterans Day Ceremony this year in view of the Oregon State Capitol Building.
The event will feature remarks by federal, state and local dignitaries and ceremonial elements including color guard, national anthem, wreath presentation and the playing of “Taps.” Attendees should be advised that this year’s event will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 — the day before Veterans Day.
The event will be hosted at the Oregon State Capitol Park located on Court Street Northeast in downtown Salem — directly in front of the Oregon State Capitol Building.

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VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors

ODVA blog

The VA has announced that it is closing a gap in survivor benefits for certain survivors of LGBTQ+ Veterans—specifically, for those who were unable to wed until the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, and who, therefore, were not married to their now-deceased Veteran spouses for long enough to qualify for survivor benefits.
“VA is closing a gap in benefits for surviving spouses of LGBTQ+ Veterans, righting a wrong that is a legacy of the discriminatory federal ban on same-sex marriages,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
Continue reading VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors at Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Blog.  
Or follow this link: <https://tinyurl.com/3n3re784>

Educational Bridge Grant is for Veterans in Diverse Degree, Certificate, Apprenticeship and OTJ Programs


The Veterans’ Educational Bridge Grant (VEBG) is a program administered by ODVA that awards grants of up to $5,000 to individual veterans enrolled in an academic or training program who find their progress interrupted due to the inability to schedule courses or training hours.
The VEBG is open year-round for applications, so if you or a veteran you know can benefit from a Veterans Educational Bridge Grant, please refer to our website <https://tinyurl.com/bdft859e> to access the application and program information.

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VA Health Care and Benefits Expanded for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substance


The PACT Act expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to Burn Pits, Agency Orange, Radiation and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

The PACT Act will bring the following changes:

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Connect Campaign: You’re Not Alone ( Suicide Awareness and Prevention)


The Connect campaign shares the positive outcomes of veterans who have connected to the VA for help with behavioral health concerns, addiction, suicidal ideation, or other traumatic life events to build awareness that veterans who are suffering from symptoms that can lead to suicide, will find help through the VA.
This campaign aims to connect veterans and their families with suicide prevention resources on ODVA’s website where veterans and those who care for them can:
Become aware of suicidal ideation warning signs and when/where to seek crisis services
Learn about preventative and educational resources and information including self-assessment tools and connect to resources.
Below hear from veterans who have courageously sought help from the VA for behavioral health challenges and share their journey and challenges with others in hopes of encouraging others to Make the Connection to the VA.
Learn more about Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention: https://bit.ly/3CSKAaS

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Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) and Veterans- Free Virtual Presentation 11/3 from 11:30am-1pm

Free Virtual Training – ACEs and Veterans
Thursday, November 3, 11:30 Am -1 pm
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-and-connect-aces-and-veterans-tickets-433198266677

Research has shown some surprising correlations between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), child abuse, and military service. Research also shows apparent connections to veteran mental health issues, homelessness, and suicidality.
Sarah Wickersham and Jessica L. Lloyd-Rogers, both veterans and volunteer trainers with Creating Community Resilience of Douglas County will be presenting. 
This free, virtual training is being hosted by Creating Community Resilience of Douglas County <https://www.ccrdouglascounty.org/ . CCR is a collective impact effort supporting trauma-informed approaches in our community, schools, county agencies, the tribal entities and local non-profits to improve outcomes for our children, youth and families.The goal at CCR is to increase our community understanding about ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences or Adverse Community Environments, increase our community’s capacity to implement Trauma Informed Care, and to promote resilience and healing for our region.

Thandiwe Nelson-Brooks appointed Interim Director for Roseburg VA Health Care System

Thandiwe ‘Tandi’ Nelson-Brooks Interim Director Roseburg VA Health Care System Thandiwe Nelson-Brooks MPH, FACHE Interim Director
Thandiwe Nelson-Brooks has been appointed interim medical center director of Roseburg VA Health Care System as of September 1, 2022.
Nelson-Brooks has more than 20 years of experience in clinical and administrative health care leadership and began her VA career in 2010 as a clinical nurse consultant and health promotion disease prevention program manager at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Before joining the Roseburg VA, Nelson-Brooks served as the lead health system specialist for VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. She was responsible for operationalizing tactical and strategic objectives and assisting the medical center director in the health care system’s direction, coordination, and overall management.
Nelson-Brooks obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition, she is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development Program, is board-certified in health care management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.