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Looking for a new job for the new year? Check out the DCBS Career Fair, Friday, January 18, 2019

The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is holding a Career Fair on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 10am to 3pm in the Labor and Industries Building, 350 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR.
DCBS works with consumers and businesses in the areas of building safety, finance (insurance, investments, Oregon-chartered banks and credit unions, consumer finance companies, mortgage lenders, pawnbrokers,and payday lenders) and workplace health and safety.
If you are looking for a more diverse workplace, DCBS may provide it. According to their website, “We honor all forms of diversity and value the differences in opinions, background, and perspective, which encourages creativity in our approach to achieving our mission. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. We promote an inclusive culture and strive to achieve our goal of being an employer of choice.”
What kinds of jobs do they have available? Again, quoting from the website:
Building, electrical, and plumbing inspectors
Consumer advocates
Financial examiners and analysts
Human resources analysts
Industrial hygienists
Information technology specialists
Medical reviewers
Policy analysts
Research analysts
Many other types of professionals
Click here for a pdf on How to Prepare for the Career Fair.
Need more information? Check out the Career Fair website or email for more information.

Limited Legal Help Available Free to Oregon Veterans

Limited free legal help is currently available to Oregon veterans out of the VA Behavioral Health Rehabilitation and Reintegration Services (BHRRS) Clinic. The clinic is located at 211 East 7th Ave., on the second floor. Hours of operation are the last Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
The type of cases accepted includes criminal and civil, divorce, family law, landlord-tenant, debtor-creditor, bankruptcy, public benefits, wills and probate, and injury and malpractice that doesn’t involve the VA.
The legal services are provided by Marc Friedman of Access the Law, 245 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 07401 or call (541) 686-4890. A free initial consultation will be provided. If he is retained for work outside the clinic, a sliding fee scale is used depending on income. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted on a space available basis.
If you would like more information contact Susan Harrison VJO Coordinator at susan.harrison@va.gov.

Be Strong Enough to Ask for Help – Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Every three days, an Oregon veteran takes his or her life.

According to the latest data from the VA, Oregon veterans commit suicide at a rate that is significantly higher than the state’s general suicide rate. In Oregon, veterans represent only 8 percent of the population but account for 16 percent of the suicides.
Veteran advocates across the state and nation are investing significant resources to address the issues believed to be risk factors for veteran suicide. Both nationally and in our state, data is informing the policy and funding to address the core issues impacting veteran suicide. This data is also influencing how we do outreach and the community partners that are crucial to ending this crisis.
Taking a hard look at the data helps advocates identify groups with a high risk for suicide that might otherwise be overlooked, like the aging population (55 and older), which in our state, comprises 60 percent of veteran suicides.
“As a veteran, these numbers are deeply painful to me,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, newly appointed director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “When we were in service, our most basic instinct was to protect the one on our right and the one on our left, and those instincts don’t just go away after we leave the service.”
Suicide has become a public health concern that causes immeasurable pain among individuals, families, and communities across the country. Veterans specifically, are committing suicide at a much higher rate than that of the general population. The VA estimates that the national number of veterans who take their own lives is 22 people every single day.
“Every single one of those 22 veterans matters in infinite ways,” Fitzpatrick said. “Every veteran matters. Each has served his or her county and the impacts of their service are as unique as they are. Although veterans all gain great strength from serving our country, it’s not surprising that many of us also face challenges when reintegrating back into civilian life. These challenges can easily lead to crisis, depending on the individual’s experiences, support network (or lack thereof) and other factors.”
On average, 70 percent of veterans who end their lives never engaged the VA for services. Just as every veteran matters, so does every accessible wraparound service to address the myriad of risk factors that increase the likelihood of a veteran taking their own life. Major risk factors include: a prior suicide attempt, mental health conditions, stressful life events such as the loss of a major relationship, job loss, the death of a loved one, and the availability of lethal means.
Veterans may have additional unique risk factors from their service that increase their likelihood to commit suicide including a service-related injury (mental and physical), and life transition from military service to civilian life. Both of these factors left unresolved, may increase their likelihood of choosing to end their life.
And this work is not happening only on a national level. Here in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown has made it one of her administration’s top priorities to end veteran suicide in our state, by taking concrete steps to ensure at-risk veterans have adequate access to care, housing, and mental health treatment.
Veteran advocates need the community’s help to raise awareness of veteran suicide and the resources that exist. Oregon veterans need to know that regardless of the life circumstances, there is an entire community behind them who understands and has the best expert help and resources available to help them address the very real-life issues they are experiencing.
“We must also work together to remove the stigma associated with asking for help,” Fitzpatrick said. “Military service members undergo rigorous training to be self-reliant, so the challenge of admitting you are facing something you can’t overcome on your own is often harder for veterans than civilians. Other veterans are key in this. Those who have faced mental health challenges can offer great strength and courage to veterans in crisis simply by being open and honest about their own stories.”
Any veteran or person concerned for a veteran in crisis can call the confidential 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans PRESS 1. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website has crisis and longer-term self-care information for veterans, as well as information for friends and families who are concerned for their loved one, including finding support, asking for help and stories from survivors of suicide attempts.
For assistance in accessing and learning about the local, state and federal veteran benefits and resources like service-connection compensation, pensions, employment, education, housing, or other veteran services, contact Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a county veteran service office.
Statewide contact information, along with additional benefit and resource information, is located online at www.oregon.gov/odva.

New Hours for SOVO

Beginning November 1, 2018,  the SOVO office, located on the second floor of the Pony Village Mall in Suite 212, will be closed on Fridays.  The new hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  Stop by and let us know how we can help.
The office is run by volunteers.  If you would like to help fellow veterans please send us a note and let us know that you would like to help.

No Point Man Ministries Veterans’ Banquet this Year – still a presence at Pony Village Mall

Point Man Ministries Outpost 101 will be at the Pony Village Mall from October 8 to October 11.  While circumstances made it impossible to have a Veterans’ Banquet this year, volunteers will be there.  Just look for the 1967 Navy Ambulance in the SE entrance (where the bakery is).
Volunteers will be selling raffle tickets for a rifle (Model 92, lever action, octagon barrel, .32 caliber rimfire) at $10 per ticket. Their goal is to sell 500 tickets.  Also being raffled is a donated nearly new (only used a couple of times) Husqvarna 28″ bar chainsaw. Those tickets are $5 each.   Raffle money is earmarked for improvements to the David Dewett Veterans’ Memorial Wayside.  In the works is a Gold Star memorial, a Soldier’s Cross, and an irrigation system for the lawn.
The ambulance was used in Vietnam and is often used in parades and at the Fair.  Ron Van Vlack said the group received it as a donation.  “It was in bad repair,” said Van Vlack.  “We spent a lot of hours fixing it up and repainting it.”
Point Man Ministries Outpost 101 has an office on the second floor of Pony Village Mall, next to the SOVO office in Room 212.

Need a ride to the Vietnam Traveling Wall on Saturday, September 15, 2018? See timetable below

CCAT is providing free bus transportation on Saturday, September 15, 2018.





Pony Village Mall  (by J.C Penney)
Coos Bay, 4th and Bennett
Coquille Community Building
Sturdivant Park
Coquille Community Building
Coos Bay, 4th and Bennett
Pony Villiage Mall (by J.C. Penney)


Calling all Golfers… Play and Benefit Local Veterans

It’s a three-fer! Golf, benefit veterans and take your shot at prizes galore, including the $10,000 prize for a Hole in One.
This day of triple goodness, sponsored by the Bandon by the Sea Rotary, is happening on Tuesday, September 11, at Bandon Crossings Golf Course. Tee time is 10 am. No handicap required.
Cost is $70 per player which includes green fees, cart, and lunch with bar at 3:30 pm.
You are invited to make your own pairing or you will be paired up with another veteran supporter. Players can play from whatever color tees they like.
Net proceeds will go to Veterans Organizations serving Coos County, including SOVO.
Pre-registration is preferred.  Click here to download and print the registration form.
For more information, text Art Roberson 541-551-1696.

First Tribal Veteran Service Office Established in Warm Springs

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week that will enable the tribal government to establish the state’s first-ever tribal veteran service office.
Once established, the tribal veteran service office will operate similar to a county veteran service office, providing direct services to tribal veterans under ODVA’s power of attorney. Like all county veteran service officers, the tribal veteran service officers will be trained and certified through ODVA.
“This MOU will enable veterans to receive increased access to services and benefits on the reservation by trusted tribal representatives who are more culturally sensitive,”
This is the first state-tribal partnership of this kind in Oregon’s history.
“This is something we’ve been working toward for many years,” ODVA Acting Director Mitch Sparks said. “The reason we have veteran service offices in each county is that we recognize each county has their own unique challenges, resources, and culture, and we believe veterans are best served in and through their own communities. The same is true, and even more so, for our tribal veterans.
“We believe this new partnership will allow tribal veteran service officers in Warm Springs to provide the same level of service as any county veteran service officer while advocating for their own people.”
Terry Bentley, Pacific District tribal government specialist with the VA Office of Tribal Government Relations, said her agency was excited about the new partnership.
“This MOU will enable veterans to receive increased access to services and benefits on the reservation by trusted tribal representatives who are more culturally sensitive,” she said.
The announcement was also well-received by Oregon’s elected officials.
“As the daughter of a veteran, I know first-hand how critical the needs are for our service men and women, and their families,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “I am absolutely thrilled about this new partnership that ensures the veterans of the Warm Springs Tribe will be able to access the vital services and benefits they’ve earned.”
“The memorandum of understanding represents a major accomplishment for veterans everywhere,” said Rep. Paul Evans, chair of the House Interim Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness. “This approach will be the first of what I hope will be many such partnerships empowering tribal veteran service officers and yielding tremendous benefit to Native American military families and veterans.”

Looking for Work? Google has a New Search Tool for Service Members

Google recently announced a new search tool to help service members find jobs in the civilian world that match their skills by including their MOS (Occupational Specialty) code.
The tool is part of a larger initiative aimed at helping people get jobs or grow their business. Other programs include offering computer training to service members and spouses.
In addition, those searching for businesses will now see a ‘veteran led’ label on businesses owned or run by veterans.