High Desert Eagles

Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association


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THIS SATURDAY! FEBRUARY 18 – VETERAN BUDGET-FOCUSED TOWN HALL MEETING, Saturday, February 18, 1-3 pm at Performing Arts Center, Madras High School, 390 SE 10th street, Madras, OR. The Oregon Legislaturewill hold a series of public hearings in seven cities across the state beginning February 10. These town hall events will create opportunities for Oregonians to provide input into the 2017-19 biennial state budget. Veterans are encouraged to attend to comment on enactment of Measure 96 to be implemented as additional $18.5 million revenue to the ODVA budget, not as a replacement for $10M in cuts proposed by Governor Brown's budget plan.

NEW POST! FEBRUARY 24 – I AM NOT INVISIBLE, a remarkable presentation featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans, will be unveiled at a special, one-night community exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

The project, which is a joint effort of Portland State University’s Veterans Resource Center and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is intended to shine a spotlight on women veterans, whose contributions, experiences and needs are too often ignored or overlooked socially, politically and legally.

There are more than 28,000 women veterans in Oregon — a number that has risen steadily over the past three decades — representing almost one-tenth of Oregon’s veteran population. And yet, women veterans still face challenges in accessing necessary health care and other services, and a lack of recognition unlike their male counterparts.

The project is the brainchild of PSU Veterans Resource Center Director Felita Singleton and ODVA Women Veterans Coordinator Elizabeth Estabrooks, who are also curating the Feb. 24 show. Singleton said. “Our goal is to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans and to enhance the public’s view of the myriad experiences — both good and bad — of women who have served in the military, including the collective inequities that abound for them as veterans.”

The debut of
I AM NOT INVISIBLE will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Many of the women veterans who participated in the project, as well as the photographer, Sally Sheldon, will be in attendance. Complimentary admission is available to those attending the exhibit. Guests should check in at the guest services desk upon entry and identify themselves as attending the I AM NOT INVISIBLE event.

After the display at the Portland Art Museum, the exhibit will begin a traveling campaign, appearing at various locations throughout the state, including PSU. For more information about the Feb. 24 showing or the project in general, call
Elizabeth Estabrooks, (971)720-9116 or Felita Singleton, (503)725-2152.

MARCH 8 - CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643 in Bend, 1503 NE 4th St, Bend, OR 97701. Guest Speaker: Tyler Francke, ODVA: “Veterans Benefit Expo” at Deschutes Fairfgrounds on July 15, 2017.

APRIL 12 - CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400. Location TBD. Guest speaker(s) TBD.

APRIL 27 - 30 VETERANS AND FAMILIES 20TH ANNUAL HEALING CIRCLE CAMP at Hehe Long House on the Warm Springs river in Simnasho, Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Cultural ceremonies, spiritual cleansing, reflexology, Riki, physical therapy, group and individual council, sweat lodges,Veteran benefit review, art and craft vendors and children's activities. Ample tent and self-contained RV space available, food furnished Fri. night dinner through Sunday breakfast. Grounds open Thurs 4/27 @ noon and close Sun 4/30 @ noon for campers. More info: Mike (Power Line) Williams at 541-912-1962 or spinflow12@gmail.com This is a monitored drug and alcohol free event.

MAY 13 -- CROOK COUNTY VETERANS & MILITARY PERSONNEL BENEFITS FAIR. Crook County Veteran Services Office is dedicated to assisting veterans and their dependents in obtaining VA benefits. We also assist in obtaining all the necessary documentation needed to submit to VA. More info: VSO office in Prineville: kim.phillipp@co.crook.or.us or 541-447-5304

JULY 15 -- 2017 VETERANS BENEFIT EXPO at Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Dozens of Veterans providers and hundreds of attendees. More info: Tyler Francke at ODVA, 503-373-2386, or tyler.francke@state.or.us

COVC MEETINGS ROTATE quarterly throughout Central Oregon: We need an organization to host the COVC meeting on APRIL 12, 2017. Pls advise if you would like to host the 4-12-17 COVC meeting at your facility.

UPDATE on DEERS regarding the Central Oregon DEERS/ID Card station:

  1. The DEERS workstation will be open in Redmond starting Tuesday, February 7th. The DEERS deployable office will run in Redmond on Tuesdays and Wednesdays consecutively for retiree and dependent services.

  2. On Monday, Thursday and Friday the DEERS office will run out of Bend for current soldiers, DoD Federal employees, and CAC related issues.

Redmond National Guard Armory DEERS Office
Open 9:00-4:00 Tuesday and Wednesday (NON-CAC ONLY) Appointment recommended
822 SW Highland Avenue, Redmond 97756, PH: 541-383-6801

Bend Armory DEERS Office
Open 9:00-3:30 Monday, Thursday and Friday (CAC ONLY) Appointment recommended
875 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, Oregon 97702, PH: 541-383-6822.
DEERS questions and appointments can be directed to SPC Danielle Hoag (541-383-6822 / danielle.a.hoag.mil@mail.mil).

NEW EXHIBIT! “WWII HIGH DESERT HOMEFRONT” at High Desert Museum in Bend. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War II, this exhibition explores contributions from the High Desert to the war effort and the war's lasting effect on the region. Exhibit runs now through September 4, 2017. Location: High Desert Museum, 59800 South Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97702. Info: http://oregondva.com/pec-events/wwii-the-high-desert-home-front-exhibit-opening/1485597600/

Veteran License Plates: For $10 every two years, eligible veterans may obtain a variety of license plate with military insignia. Fee also helps support Oregon Vets' Home. INFO: http://www.oregon.gov/odva/BENEFITS/pages/VeteranLicensePlates.aspx/

Volunteer Drivers Needed: Volunteer drivers are needed to take veterans from Bend to the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Portland. All you need is a drivers license. VA provides the vehicle and pays for gas. Drivers also get free breakfast and lunch. Contact Paul DeWitt at pauldewitt@bendbroadband.com or call him at (541) 647-2363.

Send event info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@bendcable.com




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