Counting on shelter: Volunteers needed to help CSC complete annual homeless tallies.

Jennifer Moody – Albany Democrat-Herald Jan 26, 2018

“Community Services Consortium is in need of people it can count on — or, to be more specific, people who will count for it.”

“Accurate counts are critical to continuing services for the homeless, said Scott McKee, a housing navigator with the consortium spending this week helping with the Point in Time shelter count. The data he and volunteers gather is used by federal agencies to determine funding levels and priorities.”

If you know of any veterans that are presently homeless in Linn County, make sure they get counted.

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More Than 100 Jobs Available at Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics

News 10 - Monday, January 8th 2018 - Sarina Sandoval

"WHITE CITY, Ore. — There are more than 100 jobs available at the Southern Oregon VA Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City and you don't have to be a veteran to apply. Interim Human Resource Officer, Carrie Davis, says most of the open positions are within mental health, which includes Social Workers, Psychologists, Administrative positions, and also Rehabilitation Tech positions. She says Rehab Tech positions and Admin positions are entry level. There are even positions for entry-level social workers, but it requires schooling and licensing."


Preparing for Combat Medicine in Lebanon

Albany Democrat Herald Jan 7, 2018

"It's the first-ever such training day in the state, where soldiers and students worked together. Making it happen was a two-year-effort by Dr. Derrick Sorweide, an assistant professor at the school and a major with the 396th. His status with the school and with the Army helped make the training day possible, but he said lining up the protocol on both sides took some doing."

"Beyond the situational awareness and site security training, what the soldiers and students are learning moves beyond standard military instruction, and in fact marks a shift toward more comprehensive and collaborative trauma care in the military. Specialist Sydney Von Seggern, a combat medic who served in Iraq in 2011 with the 1st Cavalry, said the training she's getting is unmatched."

"Later in the year, her 783 soldiers will travel to Hunter Liggett, a combat support hospital training facility in California, where they'll participate in war games, complete with an opposing force threatening to overrun their position."


State Launches New Grant Program to Bolster, Expand Key Veteran Services in Oregon

ODVA January 2018

"The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is now seeking grant proposals from nonprofits and other service providers who want to help expand needed services for Oregon veterans. The grant program was created to improve services in a number of key areas, including mental and physical health care, housing, employment opportunities and stability, education and training opportunities, transportation, and promoting veterans’ organizations that provide critical services for veterans."

"Funding for the program comes from the Veteran Services Grant Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2017 with its passage of House Bill 2891. The Veteran Services Grant Fund is funded by Oregon Lottery revenue, which was made possible through voters’ approval of Measure 96 in November 2016."


LBCC Receives Grant for Veterans Resources

Albany Democrat Herald December 25, 2017

"Linn-Benton Community College is among recipients of a grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs to expand campus veteran resource centers."

"The purpose of the Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant Program, which was created with the passage of Senate Bill 143 in 2017, is to augment existing resources by funding innovative and impactful projects or programs, designed to improve the lives of student veterans and help them succeed. All 14 of the institutions who applied received a portion of the $1 million in available grant funds. The one-time grants ranged from $32,500 to $100,000. The projects selected for funding were the result of a process by an evaluation committee composed of members of the Oregon Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, as well as veterans, and education and financial experts from across the state."


VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

Press Release November 29, 2017

"WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service. This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise. Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services were offered to Veterans."


VA Facility Cuts Beds, Focuses on Rehab and Reintegration

White City, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC)

Article: US News April 23, 2017

"Local Veterans Affairs officials have had their hands full for the past year, changing the culture of the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics from a home for aging soldiers to a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility." (Associated Press)

The change was mandated by new federal regulations and is part of a new evidence-based practices and treatment programs. VA Officials have already noted substantial progress. The facility's graduation rate has improved from 55 percent to 80 percent in a one year period. The White City or SORCC was first opened in 1949 and was convert into a treatment facility in 1995. It is the largest free-standing treatment facility in the country. In fact it is the last of the large residential VA facilities to be redesigned. Older buildings that were not earth quake compliant have been torn down and new buildings constructed. VA officials stated that no one was displaced with the downsizing or the construction. VA officials expect to serve up to 1,250 veterans in the upcoming year.

In the past veterans would participate in one treatment program leaving them to much idle time that was not socially good for them or their treatment program. At this time veterans participate in multiple programs. The facility not only has substance abuse treatment programs but also a program for homeless veterans. A veteran can obtain a paid job while on campus participating in their treatment programs and upon graduation will have a nest egg saved up to help them transition into the outside world.

At this time a new improved admission process is in place which allows veterans to participate in more than one treatment program at a time. A veteran who arrives with nothing more than the clothes on their back will receive new clothing and a private room while participating in the treatment programs.


VA Rehabilitation Facility, White City, OR

HUD and VA Team Up to Find Permanent Homes for 5,200 Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

HUD-VASH vouchers build on national effort to end veteran homelessness

"WASHINGTON - To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are awarding nearly $38 million to help more than 5,200 homeless veterans find a permanent place to call home. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA."

"HUD-VASH works in reducing veteran homelessness because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide."

"Since 2008, more than 79,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 111,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's Veterans."

"Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent."

Article June 2, 2016 Shantae Goodloe


VA Hud Vash