September 25, 2017

VAOI Veteran Programs

 

Here you will find a listing of programs dealing with Veteran Issues. You can find more information on these programs by calling VAOI at 541-889-1978 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 


 

Assistance to Veterans & Dependents:

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI) is a “one stop shop” that veterans and their families can come in and enjoy a USO type atmosphere and Camaraderie. The objective of VAOI is to provide assistance to military, veterans and their families that are sometimes in need of help. The VAOI office is not set up to give a “hand out, but rather a hand up” through financial, mental, legal guidance and gain an understanding of their VA benefits etc.Finding the right places for this help is not an easy task.If you need assistance and do not know how to go about doing this, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with the correct resources you may need. Every effort will be made to help you, but this may require some time, patience and effort on your part as well as ours.


 

Color Guard:

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI) is part of a community color guard that also works with local boy scouts, cub scouts and other members of the community to present the colors for Community Events, or special ceremonies.If anyone is interested in helping with the color guard or has an event they need a color guard for, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.

 

 

 

Mental Health Counseling Opportunities:

 

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI) assists the Veteran in several ways if they are in need of mental health counseling. We have local mental health workers that are willing to help during a time of need, The Boise Vet Van; (a combat counseling service) comes to all of our three VAOI locations on a regular basis. We also will be doing “Tele-counseling” in our office for those who qualify for VA Benefits, through the Boise VA.Mental health issues are on the rise among our Veterans, and no Veteran should be without help when needed. If you are in need of assistance, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and we will attempt to get you to the right place for your needs. 

 


 

Veteran’s Court:

There are times when a Veteran may find themselves in trouble with the law, which may be a direct or indirect result of PTSD.Having to go to jail does not always solve the difficulty. Through the work of our judicial departments, police, probation and parole officers, Boise Veteran Affairs, and mental health workers etc. a voluntary treatment program can be set up to assist the veteran with dealing with the underlying issue to prevent further problems with the law.To find out more information about this program, contribute to its support, would like to be a Veteran Mentor, or if you know of someone who may benefit from this plan, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.



 

Veteran Visitation:

We have many veterans in this area in assisted living facilities, Nursing Homes or are homebound.VAOI attempts to visit them on a regular basis and provide time and gifts for them during the holidays.Many of them think they are forgotten and it is important to support them and hear their stories.When they are gone, their stories are also gone, unless we encourage them to write them down.If you would like to help with this program please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.


 

Scholarship Program

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI) offers scholarships to dependents of our veterans. This program is for dependents that can to demonstrate responsibility toward their studies and willingness to donate some volunteer time to our organization. There is an application to fill out so if you think you meet these qualifications and are interested in applying, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.


 

Patriotic and Flag Education

It is important that our communities know and understand what sacrifices made by our past and present military members have made for us. In order to do this, VAOI will go into schools, churches and other community organizations and talk about our programs, our veterans and how they can help both.We bring Veterans with us who are willing to share their stories.If you would like to help with this program or would like us to come to your organization, school or church, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.

 

 


 

Pencils for Peace

Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI)` ships humanitarian supplies, oversees to a Civil Affairs Officer (CAO) working the villages and rural areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our local community helps gather the supplies and we ship them to various locations. Each box we send costs $14.85 to ship and we accept donations for shipping when we have a project in progress.For more information about this program or if you are a Civil Affairs Officer going overseas, then please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.


 

Treats for the Troops

This is a program started by Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI)in 2006 to send “Care Packages” to our troops overseas.To date, VAOI has sent approximately 800 boxesto our soldiers have received goodies, games, magazines, books, DVD’s, card and letters from home to name just a few.If you have a family member or friends serving away from home, and they would like to receive boxes while deployed, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with. In order to prepare the packages we need a complete APO Address, the length of their deployment, a contact name and phone number. Once their information is received at VAOI, our volunteer staff will start sending boxes.


 

Quilt Program

This program provides homemade quilts for our men and women overseas or to family members who have lost loved ones in the war.You can help with this program by a monetary donation to cover the cost of the fabric, backing and batting.The cost of making one quilt is about $45.00. If you know how to sew you can obtain a kit from our office that will get you started.If you would like to help with this program or know of someone who would benefit with receiving a quilt, please fill out the VAOI Information Request Form and someone from our office will put you in touch with you.