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Seeking Wall Art by Veterans. Put your Art on Display in Coos Bay Library

Coos Bay Library is seeking art created by Veterans to show in the library during June.  The art must be able to be hung on a wall and should be appropriate for all ages.

You may drop off your piece at the library between June 1st and 4th.  The show will run through the end of June.  You may pick up your piece on July 1st or 2nd.

Please put a label with your name address and phone number on the back of your piece so we can return it to you.

Please include a 3×5 card with the title of the piece to hang with it.

For more information contact Sami Pierson at the Coos Bay Library, (541) 269-1101 or Coos County VSO Barye Bluth or Troy May at (541) 396-7590.

New Transportation Assistance Available

The SOVO offers transportation vouchers for veterans.

Now Available: CCAT bus passes and taxi vouchers for Veterans to use for medical and food bank use.

Vet must be 60 YOA or older no disability required

– OR-

Under 60 with a disability that prevents the veteran from walking distances. (Under 60 YOA one time documentation of the disability is required.)

NEW VAN ASSIGNED: The North Bend VA Medical Clinic has a new local employee and van assigned to the Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) to provide transportation to VA and Veterans Choice medical appointments. The van is wheel chair equipped. Disabled veterans are given priority. A minimum of 2 days notice is requested and proof of medical appointment must be presented. Call 541-440-1222 for the VTS to schedule your appointments.

Show off your Ink!

The Coos History Museum is seeking participants for their upcoming exhibit “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos,” opening later this year. The museum will be featuring military-inspired tattoos and the stories behind them (when, where, why) as the focus of this unique and personal military exhibit.

Retired military and active duty service men and women from all five branches of the military are encouraged to participate.

Individuals must currently reside on the South Coast of Oregon and selected candidates must be available to be photographed and
interviewed between June 21 through June 29, 2018.

Selected participants, their tattoos, and their stories will be featured in the “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos” exhibit on the mezzanine gallery of the museum. Those
entries not chosen for the exhibit will have the opportunity to be featured on the museum website.

To be considered, participants must submit a completed 2-page form, along with a photograph(s) of their tattoo. Submission deadline is May 31, 2018. Click here to download and print your entry form or pick one up at the museum, located at 1210 North Front Street in Coos Bay, or on the museum website. 

Lost WWII Soldier is Found. Will be Laid to Rest April 7 in Salem

USMC Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz from Silverton, OR died November 20, 1943. He will finally be laid to rest April 7, 2018 in Salem.

This Saturday the state of Oregon will have the opportunity to lay to rest one of its native sons, an Oregon veteran thought lost since World War II.

Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle Ellis Charpilloz (shar-pill-oze) was born in Silverton and grew up on a farm in Silverton that is still owned by his family today.

PFC Lyle E. Charpilloz was just 15 years old when he joined the Marines in 1941, and just 17 when he died on November 20, 1943 during the first wave of the battle of Tarawa.

Lyle earned a Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.

In November 1943, Charpilloz was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance in an attempt to secure the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Charpilloz died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943. His remains were never returned to the family, who believed he had been lost forever.

Last December, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Charpilloz’s remains had been positively identified through DNA matching with his one surviving sibling, a sister.

Lyle E. Charpilloz will be honored during a funeral service at 2 p.m. April 7 at Grace Baptist Church, 4197 State St. in Salem. A procession will follow to the cemetery at Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Ave. S., where he will be laid to rest — almost 75 years after his death.

The service is open to the public. ODVA has spoken with the family of Pfc. Charpilloz, and they would be touched if the veteran community were there in support.

Volunteers Needed for Vietnam Traveling Wall

Volunteers are needed to help with the Vietnam Traveling Wall – Celebration of Freedom. Coos County Veteran Services will be hosting the exhibit. The wall will be located at Sturdevant Park, Coquille from September 13-16, 2018.  For more information, please call 541-396-7590 or email Coosvets@co.coos.or.us.

Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Albuquerque, New Mexico, event kicks off Aug. 3

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from Veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8.

Veterans ages 55 and older who are eligible for VA health care benefits may complete applications online through May 2 at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov.

“The Golden Age Games empower our nation’s senior Veterans to lead active, healthy lives,” said VA Secretary David Shulkin. “After more than a week of competition, many participants have boasted of an overall improvement to their quality of life and a rejuvenation to stay active and fit.”

Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national multi-sport competition for senior Veterans. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs.

Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, cycling, blind disc golf, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, pickleball, powerwalk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track and field. Exhibition events include air pistol, archery and floorball.

The games encourage participants to continue in local senior events in their home communities, and every other year serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games. The New Mexico VA Health Care System, which provides care for more than 59,000 Veterans throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado, will host this year’s games.

For more information, visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Sports4Vets.

VA and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help Veterans Track their Benefits Appeals

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S Digital Service announced their launch of an improved Appeals Status tool to increase transparency and enable Veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals.

“It’s important that our Veterans have the opportunity to track their appeals process in a timely and efficient manner,” said VA Secretary David Shulkin. “For the first time ever, Veterans can see their place on the Board of Veterans’ Appeals’ docket, including the number of appeals that are ahead of them.”

The tool, which went live March 21 on VA’s Vets.gov website, will allow Veterans to access detailed information about the status of their benefits appeals and will include alerts about needed actions, as well as estimates of how long each step of the process takes.

Some Veterans who have previewed the new tool said it had given them hope and helped them understand that the process might take longer than expected.

Bandon to be designated ‘Medal of Honor City’

George Trott, District 3 commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has made another step in making Bandon the only city in Oregon to be designated a “Medal of Honor City” according to a report published in the Bandon Western World. For more click the link.

Veterans Hear From New VA Roseburg Director At Town Hall

reported by Rachael McDonald for KLCC

The new interim Director of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Health Care system held a town hall this week on the Medical Center campus. This comes as the VA Office of the Medical Inspector prepares to release a full report on its investigation into complaints of bullying and a “toxic culture” at the facility.

About 100 people filled the auditorium at the Roseburg VA as interim Director David Whitmer outlined his agenda and took questions. Whitmer was brought in last month to replace Doug Paxton.

For more of the story, click here.

Veterans can now use My HealtheVet credentials to access benefits tools on Vets.gov

reprinted from the USDOVA Blog

More than four million Veterans can now use their My HealtheVet credentials to access services from across VA on Vets.gov. This means that Veterans can now log in one time, in one place, to refill a prescription, check their claim and apply for benefits that help them pay for college and training programs.

This is the first time that Veterans with a My HealtheVet patient portal account can use those credentials to access benefits tools such as checking the status of a claim ,an appeal or GI Bill benefit, in addition to a variety of health care tools.

Allowing Veterans to use their VA-approved credential of choice to access all of VA’s online services is a key milestone in VA’s digital modernization strategy. Previously, Veterans were only able to use their DS Logon accounts or ID.me accounts to log in to Vets.gov. This created an unnecessary roadblock for Veterans trying to use their preferred credential to access other VA services online and this new functionality will remove that roadblock.

How it works
Users can visit Vets.gov and sign in with their their My HealtheVet credential. Veterans will be asked to enter their email address and then they will be given the option to secure their account using multi-factor authentication (e.i. phone, text, code generator). From there, users can access all of the services Vets.gov provides. Learn more about how it works.

Premium My HealtheVet account holders will not need to re-verify their identity and will immediately gain access to send a secure message to their health care team, download their health records, track their claims and appeals and much more. My HealtheVet users who have not gone through an identity-proofing process will be offered the chance to complete an online identity-proofing process powered by ID.me if they wish to access features that require that extra personal security such as the staus of claims and appeals.

About the author: Natalie Moore is a product manager with the Digital Service at VA, an agency team of the U.S. Digital Service, that transforms critical, Veteran-facing digital services by applying modern technology best practices.