April 24 2018

The Following are several upcoming OVMA events that we need to make sure that we are supporting:

Wind Riders – Putting finishing touches on their May 19th Covered Bridges Poker Run. Begin and end at the VFW in Albany. 0900 first bike out; 1430 (2:30 pm) last bike in. High hand $500, low hand $200.  Approximately 88 miles, 2 to 3 hour ride.  While in the Stayton are, stop by Power Chevrolet, 500 SW Sublimity Blvd., they will have soft drinks and hot dogs for riders participating in the run.

HDEMother’s Day Poker Run, Saturday, May 12th, meet at Northside Bar & Grill in Bend.  Route is ready; register at 0900, last bike in at 1430 (2:30 pm).

11th Annual Tuff Butt Run, August 10th to 12th, meet at the VFW Redmond.  Lots of activities, $500 best hand. Contact Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161;



April 14 2018

The HDE Run Calendar has been updated, so head on over to that page and check out all the events going on this year!

For anyone that is unaware, there is an event going on today down at Wildhorse Harley Davidson, called the “Dare to Compare” event. They will have food, drinks, and the opportunity to test ride their new motorcycles. From their FaceBook:

“Ride on down to Wildhorse H-D Saturday, April 14th and Dare to Compare your existing bike with a new 2018 H-D model of your choice! We’re letting you take a FREE demo on our guided tour to see how they stack up against your current ride. These motorcycles are completely rebuilt from the ground up and we want you to compare them. Just for taking a ride we’re going to give you a FREE kickstand puck.

We’ll also have FREE food, drinks, door prizes and even more. This is an event you don’t wanna miss!

Go to mywildhorsehd.com today to reserve your Test Ride”

Even if you aren’t planning on buying a new bike, sometimes these events are fun to go to just to check out the new rides. I’ll be riding over there around noon. Hopefully I’ll see some of you guys down there!

-Justin Day

April 13 2018

TOMORROW on SATURDAY! APRIL 14 – OPEN HOUSE at Steelhead Custom Cycles in Redmond from 11 – 3 pm. Free lunch + raffle drawing for unique Steelhead Custom Fairing Clock, only $10 per ticket. Labor discounts for Veterans. Gary would like riders to stop in and check out his 6,000+ spare parts and accessories @ 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. See attached flyer. More info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever. – Psalm 118:1

April 10 2018


You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.


EVERY SUNDAY! Rode house Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30am. Weather permitting, every Sunday, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for the worship services. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

Gary Franklin’s STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES is open in Redmond at 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. Stop in & see him. Contact info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

Larry “Animal” Ramos is searching for some land or a venue to rent for his next big m/c production. 🙂   He is planning on a good-size event for 400+ people. If you have some accessible land or know of a possible location, give Animal a shout at 541-923-3809 or email nzwind_2000@msn.com


THIS SATURDAY! APRIL 14 – OPEN HOUSE at Steelhead Custom Cycles in Redmond from 11 – 3 pm. Free lunch + raffle drawing for unique, Steelhead original Custom Fairing Clock, only $10 per ticket. Labor & parts discounts for Veterans. Stop in and check out Gary’s 6,000+ spare parts and accessories @ 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. See attached flyer. More info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

APRIL 11 -15 – ARIZONA BIKE WEEK Info: http://www.azbikeweek.com/

APRIL 21 – 10th ANNUAL SPRING FLING BIKE & CAR SHOW at Diego’s in Redmond, OR. Info: 541-316-2002

or http://redmondbuzz.com/eventDetail.cfm?e=2212 NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSN (CMA) STATE GATHERING, Bikers for Change. Contact Mike or Deb Dunton. 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

NEW POST! APRIL 27-28 CMA CHERRY FESTIVAL in The Dalles. Info: Contact Paul W. 541-598-4470.

APRIL 25 – 28 – 36th LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN in Laughlin NV. Info: https://laughlinriverrun.com/

DATE CHANGE! APRIL 28 (Saturday) – BLACK SHEEP POKER RUN at Harley Davidson store in Bend. Breakfast at 10 and Kickstands up (KSU) at 12 noon. First Prize = $750 dollar gift certificate to Harley Davidson. Also: a bike blessing and boot shine. For more details visit Black Sheep Facebook page: Black Sheep Central Oregon Chapter or cb@cbbmail.com

NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 – CMA’s OREGON SEASONS OF REFRESHING RUN in Wilsonville OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/seasons-of-refreshing-form.aspx or ctbrd02@gmail.com

NEW POST! MAY 5 – CMA’s RUN FOR THE SON to Diamond Lake. Staging at Riverwoods store (Hwy 97 and Knott Road in Deschutes River Woods). Kick stands up (KSU) at 9 am. Roll to Diamond Lake for lunch. All are welcome. Call Paul with any questions 541-598-4470.

UPDATE! MAY 12 – OVMA’s 15th ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY RUN on Saturday, the day BEFORE Mother’s Day. This will be 15th Consecutive year that OVMA salutes Veteran Moms and Wives. Signup at Northside Grill on Boyd Acres Road in Bend from 9-10. Last bike out at 10. High hand wins $500. Lousiest hand wins $250. Last hand in at 2 pm. After party outside at Northside: 50-50, raffle prizes and live, belly-shaking music! More info: www.ovma-hde.com

NEW POST! May 11 – 13  HIGH DESERT DISCIPLES (HDD) OHV CAMPOUT. All are WELCOME. Dry Camp at 4 Corners BLM Corral. More Info: call Mike & Deb Dunton 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

MAY 24 – 27: 17th ANNUAL RUN-A-MUCCA IN WINNEMUCCA, Nevada. Info: http://www.runamucca.com/

MAY 27 – 31st ANNIVERSARY ROLLING THUNDER, Washington, D.C. – Info: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

JUNE 2 – RODEHOUSE 6th ANNUAL “DOWN BIKER” RUN at Wildhorse HD store in Bend,OR. Starting at 9 a.m. = FREE Breakfast! First bike out at 9:30, last bike out at 10:30. Hi hand wins $400, lowest hand gets $250 Gift Card from Wildhorse HD! Last bike in at 2:30. Raffle, prizes and m/c nonsense starts at 3 pm. Proceeds used to help with non-medical expenses of injured m/c riders & their families. More info: kinnecallaway@gmail.com

UPDATE! JUNE 8 – 10 – MAUPIN MADNESS RUN starts with Annual Crawfish Boil! Saturday June 9th Free Breakfast available from 7:30am – 10:30am Registration at Kaiser Park across from Maupin Market 8am-10am. Route maps & T-shirts at registration. $15 First hand and $5 Second hand. High/Low Pay-Off. Overnight Camping and Lodging Available. Bike show and party at 5pm. Proceeds go to Outdoor Adventures With Military Heroes. More info: www.maupinoregon.com or 541-993-1708.

JUNE 15 – 16 – LIGHTHOUSE RUN Info: http://www.highway101hd.com/–lighthouse-information

NEW POST! JUNE 16 – American Legion Riders’ “RIDE FOR THE ALIVE” tribute ride at Redmond American Legion Post 44. For more info, contact Bob Baker at ranger5rb@yahoo.com

JUNE 23 – A.B.A.T.E’s LAKES, ROCKS, AND BRIDGES ride. Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

NEW POST! JUNE 30 – WHEELZ OVER CANCER Run. Produced by Dave Hargous and Larry “Animal” Ramos. Starts at 9am at the VFW in Redmond. More info: Contact Dave at 541-350-6615.

JULY 6 – 8 – 71st ANNIVERSARY INDEPENDENCE RALLY in Hollister, CA. More info: www.hollisterindependencerally.com

NEW POST! JULY 14th- WROC ‘n ROLL poker run. Organized by Women Riders Only Club (WROC). Event is open to ALL riders and bikes. More info: sin_d2003@yahoo.com

JULY 12 – 16:  HELLS CANYON RALLY. More info: http://www.hellscanyonrally.com/

JULY 20 – 22 – – BIKES & BLUES Rally in Blachly, OR. Info: Bill Vaughn at 541-461-8854 or on Facebook.

JULY 18 – 22 – PENDLETON BIKE WEEK in Pendleton, OR. More info: http://pendletonbikeweek.com/

JULY 19 -22 – 19th ANNUAL RUN 21 “Largest Old School Rally in The NW” Info: www.run-21.com

NEW POST! JULY 28 – 3rd ANNUAL RUN TO IN-n-OUT BURGERS in Grants Pass. More info: Justice Bikes https://justicebikes.net/

AUGUST 3 -12 – 78th ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY. More info: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/


AUGUST 10 – 12 – OVMA/VFW TUFF BUTTS RALLY. More info: www.tuffbuttclassic.com

NEW POST! AUGUST 17-19 – 2018 OREGON STATE CMA RALLY in Madras, OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/state-rally-form.aspx OR ctbrd02@gmail.com

UPDATE! AUGUST 17 – 19 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music all weekend, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/


SEPT 6 – 9 – OVMA’s 9-11 RUN

NEW POST! SEPTEMBER 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free!

Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes Can any one of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? – Mathew 6:27

April 02 2018

Howdy, Heroes & Heroines-

Below is latest edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 4-2-18.

Lotta new stuff in this edition. 🙂

A digital copy is also attached for sending it out electronically, or for printing in quantity.

Please spread this info around your organization and among your Veteran friends, neighbors and associates.
Let’s keep our Veteran brothers & sisters informed and involved!




NEW POST! APRIL 4 — THIS WEDNESDAY: HOUSING INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS specifically for VETERANS housing in Bend. Habitat for Humanity is looking to select three qualified Veterans by this June (for home purchases in the Summer of 2019). These will be small, detached homes that are specifically for qualified Veterans. Informational meetings will be held THIS Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12 noon. Interested Vets MUST RSVP via this link: homeownership@bendhabitat.org Sessions held at Bend Area Habitat for Humanity: 224 NE Thurston Ave., Bend OR. More info: Contact Dee Dee or Catalina at541-385-5387, ext. 103.

NEW POST! APRIL 10 — BREAKING THE SILENCE! Screening with special guest, Kristin Beck, SEAL Team 6. Hosted by PFLAG Central Oregon. Dates: April 10 @ 7:00 PM and again @ 8:30 PM. Location: Nativity Lutheran Church 60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend, 97702. Info: nathaniel.boehme@state.or.us

NEXT WEEK! APRIL 11 — CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701.

NEW POST! APRIL 13 — “MILITARY RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY” to honor service of military retirees to their local communities and the United States.

NEW POST! APRIL 18COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION. 11 am to 2 pm at Central Oregon Collective, 62070 27th Street, Bend OR 97701. Offering support & networking about ways to offer support to persons thinking of suicide. For more info: 503-220-8262, etx. 56025.

NEW POST! APRIL 20 – APPRECIATION CEREMONY for VETERANS at Prestige Senior Living in partnership with Band of Brothers and Partners in Care. Start time is 1 pm (1300). Hosted by Chaplain Ernie Tafalla at High Desert Assisted Living, 2660 NE Mary Rose Place in Bend. RSVP: 541-312-2003.

NEW POST! APRIL 25 — VETERAN LISTENING SESSION on WEDNESDAY, April 25th at VFW in Redmond from 12 noon to 1330: Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors and VAPORHCS want to hear from Veterans about issues, concerns and ideas to improve the care and services provided to Veterans. To answer specific questions from individuals, additional VA staff will attend: VBA Claims Specialists, Suicide Prevention Program, MyHealthyVet, VAPORHCS Enrollment, & Patient Advocate/Office of Veteran Experience.


APRIL 27 – 28 – ODVA’s OREGON WOMEN VETERAN CONFERENCE in Sunriver. Registration has already started! The 10th Annual ODVA Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be in Sunriver, Oregon. This event is open to women veterans ONLY and is free to attend! ROOM BOOKING INFO: 855-420-8206 or www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort Be sure to let them know you are registering for the Oregon Women Veterans Conference for the best discount.

APRIL 27 – 28 – VETERANS’ & FAMILY HEALING CIRCLE GATHERING, Warm Springs, Oregon, He-He Longhouse, near mile post 85 on Hiway 26 between Portland and Madras. Healing ceremonies, speakers, elders’ wisdom, men’s sweat lodge, women’s sweat lodge washing of the hands ceremony, free healing touch treatments, raffle, fun and friendship. Events every day from Thursday noon until Sunday Closing Ceremony at 10 a.m. More info at the link: flyer 3rd revision 2018.doc

APRIL 28 – WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS PARADE! in Warm Springs @11 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m. – Honor Ceremony; finally, @ 12 – 5 p.m. Expo. Info: www.wsala48.org or Susan at susan@chinookintl.com or 541-460-8212.

NEW POST! APRIL 28 – COSTCO’s Annual APPRECIATON EVENT for CENTRAL OREGON HEROES on Saturday, 4-28-18 from 3 to 7 pm. FREE! Just show up at COSTCO in Bend. Light refreshments served. Military Veterans, Guard & Active Duty members & their families invited. More info: Mikelle at 541-385-9640, ext. 255.

NEW POST! MAY 5 – SHOOTING CONTEST at Redmond Rod & Gun Club: 4-Man teams. VFW, American Legion or Band of Brothers membership required. More info: Brian at 541-699-8664 or Lenny at 541-527-1442 or Larry at 541-527-9893.

MAY 7 thru JULY 8 – “I AM NOT INVISIBLE” Exhibit on the Mezzanine, sponsored by Coos History Museum. A celebration of the military service of Oregon Women Veterans. Location: 1210 N Front Street, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sounds like a cool place to view the exhibit during a summer day at the Oregon Coast! Contact: estabre@odva.state.or.us

MAY 9 – Two (2) Big Events: COVO’s “STAND DOWN” and COVC’s Monthly Meeting at Redmond VFW. More details coming soon…

NEW POST! MAY 28 – MEMORIAL DAY: Anyone or any organization that needs grave marker flags for Memorial Day can get them via Keith MacNamara at VSO in Bend. Email to Keith.MacNamara@deschutes.org and he will order them. Questions? Call Keith at 541-385-3214.


Ernie Tafala, Chaplain for Partners-In-Care, is looking for Volunteers to help with hospice counseling & patient companionship. If you have a heart for helping others, contact Ernie at erniet@partnersbend.org or phone (541) 749-0492.


Speaking of HOUSING…Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA’s home mortgage program. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278, Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

There will be a 2.0 percent COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities. More info at this link:


If you receive COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), deductions for SBP Premium will be coming this April. More info at this link: Coming this April: SBP Premium Deductions from CRSC

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help. Click on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

VA REVISES REGULATIONS ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances. More info here: VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

ZERO PERCENT INTEREST STUDENT LOAN BENEFIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE – The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Departments of Education (ED) and Veterans Affairs to educate service members and veterans about a significant student loan benefit based on their military service. Federal law exempts members of the military from paying interest for up to 60 months on certain student loans while serving or having served in an area that qualifies them to receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Service members and veterans can also apply retroactively based on previous qualifying military service. This benefit applies to direct loans or a portion of a direct consolidation loan made on or after Oct. 1, 2008. Veterans can take these actions to avoid student loan interest: Check your loan type and servicer by logging in to “My Federal Student Aid” at StudentAid.gov/login.

The NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is located in New Windsor, New York. The 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts and Purple Heart recipient stories. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and the NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of these Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored and share their stories is through our Roll of Honor electronic database. This database is accessible in The Hall of Honor main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Purple Heart recipients (or their familly) only need to complete a simple enrollment form and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. More information is available at (845) 561-1765 or Dennis.Sciba@parks.ny.gov

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON has been formed to take Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on a 4-day trip to Washington, DC to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications will soon be available through the new board, led by Martin Baltazar of Redmond. For more information, contact Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804

Veterans…Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

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

Steve Wilkes
Can any one of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? – Mathew 6:27