January 26 2019
I added a couple new photo galleries that have been hanging out on my phone for quite some time. Take a look at the 2018 Redmond Independence Day Parade photo gallery, and the 2018 16th Annual 9-11 Memorial Day Run photo gallery. Also, I am going to add a page where young and inexperienced riders can sign up to ride with someone more experienced on our rides. I think that this will be a great way to encourage people to come ride with us because it will give them an opportunity to ride as part of the event, meet some of us, and gain some good exposure. If we don’t like it, I can always remove the page, so let me know what you guys think!
Lastly, I will be working on getting the online store up and running. The plan is to have merchandise requests directly email our Quartermaster, Bill Kenyon. Eventually, we can also make the whole system automated, so that orders are paid for and the money is deposited directly into the OVMA funds, then Bill just fills the order. But we will try this first and see how it goes.
I am looking for more pictures of our events throughout 2018, so if you have pictures hanging out on a phone, computer, or a camera, please get them to me. Email or text is fine. Also, if you guys have ideas for other pages, or pictures, or things that you would like to see on the website, please email or text me and I will see what I can do. Thanks guys!
Honored to be your webmaster,
January 20 2019
It’s been a while since I last updated the website, and I apologize for that! Life has grown rather hectic of late, and I’m sure that some of you have noticed that I have not been able to make many of the meetings. I also apologize sincerely for not being able to fulfill my commitment to DJ for the OVMA Christmas Party. I had a scheduling conflict that I was unable to resolve in order to attend the OVMA party. I hope that I will be able to update the website more often so that anyone who visits will have relevant, up-to-date information. Additionally, I have some ideas for expanding the website, and some ideas to add into our annual runs that I would like to bring up at the next meeting that I am able to attend. I hope the New Year is finding everyone healthy and happy!
Honored to be your webmaster,
January 14 2019
Our Chapter meeting is this Saturday (the 19th) at 0900 at the Northside. Show up early for breakfast. Minutes from the last meeting are attached. An agenda for the upcoming meeting is also attached.
If the weather permits, a group will go out east of town after the meeting and shoot something.
Bill Kenyon is our Quartermaster. If you need something, let him know firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 350-2862.
Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights at my house to work on bikes and play Texas Hold’em. We get started about 6pm. Many of you have contributed a dinner or helped keep the fridge stocked with refreshments, Thanks!
Directions, in case you don’t know:
Go East on HWY 20
Right on Ward Rd,
2nd Left on Old Red Rd,
3rd house on right
21651 Old Red Rd
I’ll see you in the wind,
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877 cell
– Happiness is 1 down and 5 up.
January 11 2019
This is an update from the Bend Heroes Foundation.
This email, is being sent to 110 veterans/VSOs in Central Oregon.
On May 29, 2018, as Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation I requested Rep. Greg Walden to introduce legislation renaming the Bend VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) as “Robert D. Maxwell VA Clinic”. Bob is a patient at Bend CBOC and a Director of Bend Heroes Foundation. He is a member of American Legion Post 4 and VFW Post 4108.
Rep. Walden sponsored H.R. 6632 which would rename the Bend VA Clinic for Bob. H.R. 6632 was introduced on July 26, 2018.
Attached are the Congressionally required letters of support from the Oregon Department Commanders of the American Legion, VFW and DAV.
On Oct. 1, 2018 I requested the Oregon delegation in Washington to rename 4 more VA Clinics for Oregon MOH recipients:
VA Medical Facility Oregon MOH Recipient
Portland VA Medical Center Elmer E. Fryar and Stuart S. Stryker (both WWII)
Salem VA Clinic Henry Schauer/WWII
Eugene VA Clinic Maximo Yabes/Vietnam
La Grande VA Clinic John Holcomb/Vietnam
Six other states have 6 VA Clinics named for Medal of Honor recipients from WWI to WWII. None have a VA Clinic named for a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient.
Rep. Walden sponsored legislation in 2016 naming the VA Clinic in The Dalles for Loren Kaufman, Korean War Medal of Honor recipient (KIA) from The Dalles.
Oregon will be the first state with 2 VA Clinics named for Medal of Honor recipients. Also the first state with a VA Clinic named for a Vietnam recipient.
Congress will work on legislation for 1 VA facility at a time.
Stay tuned for updates on the Bend VA Clinic naming.
Thanks American Legion, VFW and DAV for supporting the renaming of the Bend VA Clinic.
Happy New Year!
Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation”
I’ll see you in the wind,
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877 cell
“Let me not mourn for men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived.”
– Gen. George Patton
January 7 2019
Upcoming State meeting announcement.
The next OVMA meeting will be Saturday, January 12th, at the VFW in Albany. Come early for lunch, 12 noon; meeting begins at 1300 (1:00 pm).
Ray A Rose
PS: Did you know PMI has a new website: www.productionmachineryintl.com There you can find the extensive line of new equipment we handle as well as used equipment listings! Check it out!
January 2 2019
CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL
JROTC INSTRUCTOR – JOB OPENING AT MADRAS HS in JEFFERSON COUNTY. Info:https://jeffersonco.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1637
NEW POST! January 1, 2019 — WOUNDED WARRIOR PLACARD is coming to a DMV near you at the start of the New Year. Please review the rules carefully as not all veterans rated at 50% or more will be eligible: Oregon Veterans who qualify for a disabled parking permit and have a service-connected disability that is VA-rated at 50 percent or greater may apply for the new Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicles division (DMV). The Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard exempts the driver from paying fees in public parking areas with metered parking. It also enables veterans to park in time-limited spaces for longer than the posted limit (except in zones that are designated 30 minutes or less). There is no fee for the placard. See the DMV website at https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/driverid/disparking.aspx or visit DMV field offices starting January 2. With the completed form, veterans must also submit a copy of their benefit summary letter (also known as the “tax abatement letter”) from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, confirming their service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or greater. This is a letter that is mailed annually to all disabled veterans. It comes in a bright green envelope. If a veteran needs a copy of this letter, they can log into vets.gov or eBenefits to download one immediately, or they may request a copy from their local county veteran service office or VA regional office. DMV-related questions may be directed to (503) 945-5000 or (503) 299-9999 (Portland Metro Area). For more information about Oregon disabled parking permits, visit the DMV website at https://www.oregondmv.com.
NEXT WEEK! JANUARY 9 – CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701. Guest Speaker: Dan Anderson, M.A., CEO of a new non-profit called The Shield, providing free counseling for Veterans and First Responders.
LOCAL VETERAN STILL in DISTRESS
STILL NEED DONATIONS: — “Tony F.” served in the 805th Transpo as a 71N20 (Movement Specialist) and did 12 months in Vietnam. In early July of this year, his house, and all of his possessions, were consumed by a fire. Please show your support for our troops by helping Tony get his house re-built. GoFundMe page has been set up: https://www.gofundme.com/urgent-veterans-house-burned-down Please send this GoFundMe link to all your friends on Facebook. Thanks!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for VETERANS!
ALZHEIMER’s ASSOCIATION is seeking volunteers to grow their team of passionate volunteers. You can become a Community Educator, Support Group Facilitator, Legislative Advocate, and a planner for Walk to End Alzheimer’s event and more. There are opportunities available for everyone! More info: Kaitlyn Bertholet | Central Oregon Regional Coordinator, phone 541-317-3977 orhttps://alz.org/orswwa
DAV SHUTTLE VAN NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS! Volunteers needed to drive Veterans to Portland VA Medical Center and to clinics in Bend for medical appointments. No special license needed, DAV pays for gas & lunch for driver. Contact Paul DeWitt at 541-647-2363 or email@example.com
Ernie Tafalla, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for PARTNERS IN CARE is looking for Veterans to be part of a Vet2vet Hospice Volunteer Program, providing veterans on hospice service with camaraderie, companionship and more. Info: Ernie Tafalla: email firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-749-0492.
Transition at HOSPICE OF REDMOND needs veteran volunteers to assist Veterans during their final days. Info: 541-548-7483 or email@example.com
PRACTICAL NEWS FOR VETERANS
NEIGHBORIMPACT PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP VETERANS: Energy Conservation Assistance, Home Weatherization Grants, Home Financing, Child Care, Financial Coaching, Homebuyer Workshops, Credit & Budgeting Training, Food Pantries, and more. More Info: Becca Hitt, Outreach Specialist, 541-548-2380, ext. 159 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COVO NEEDS WINTER DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS & OTHERS: Blankets, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, heavy (wool) socks, boots, propane, long johns, coats, sweaters, hygiene supplies, infant & baby supplies, tarps, stoves, lights, and (new) batteries. Any cold weather gear you can donate. Donations for COVO can be dropped off at 61510 S HWY 97, Bend, OR 97702 More info: 541-383-2793.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – CARING FOR TROOPS has been gathering items and shipping care packages to deployed troops from Central Oregon. Caring For Troops (CFT) is Central Oregon’s support organization for locally connected men and women serving overseas in the United States military. CFT is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. If you would like to volunteer and/or help out, contact CFT atwww.caringfortroops.com
VETERAN SERVICES OFFICER coming to Warm Springs! This summer, the state Department of Veterans Affairs and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs signed a memorandum of understanding. There may be a grand opening for a Warm Springs Veterans office. Stay tuned…
LOOKING for a JOB? “Veterans Ascend” is a new Veteran employment organization that is helping Veterans connect with employers. It has developed a new web-based veteran employment system that changes the way employers find and hire veterans. When an employer creates a job profile, the system matches the veteran’s skills profile with the employers’ job profile. No resume required. This is a free service for Veterans, employers pay all the fees. All Veterans need to do is visit the website www.veteransascend.com and take 5-10 minutes to complete a profile.
RED CROSS HELPS VETERANS! The Red Cross offers many programs and is the only agency that stays with military members throughout their life span; even as they transition from active to veteran status. Here are some of their programs and links:
Financial Assistance for Military families https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/financial-assistance.html
Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at email@example.com
Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace. – Romans 14:19