Our Shared Mission
It’s our shared mission to ensure veterans get the benefits and care they have earned during their service to our nation.
Our Vet Center
VVA Chapter 392 is fortunate to be located in space donated by Crosspoint NW LLC. Crosspoint NW serves Portland area auto dealers through a weekly auto auction at their facility. Our space consists of almost all of the 2nd floor of the Crosspoint Annex building, with 11 offices, 6 cubicles, a lunch room, 3 bathrooms (including a shower) and 2 large meeting areas. Gary McAdams, our chapter president when we were first offered this space, had a vision for this facility. He envisioned a one-stop Veteran Outreach Center.
One of Gary’s first moves was to invite Tina Kennedy, founder of Fort Kennedy, to join us at the center. Her non-profit organization, called Fort Kennedy, is dedicated to help homeless veterans. It currently operates as a day center for homeless vets, offering showers, clothing, and a meal 4 days a week. Tina’s dream is to someday offer tiny homes for homeless vets. Homeless vets who come to the center have clothing available to them, ranging from pants, shirts, coats, shoes/boots, to sleeping bags. All donated to Fort Kennedy. Fort Kennedy also provides Thanksgiving meals for veteran families as well as Christmas presents and dinners .
During our first few weeks of operation in 2016, a young family came to us. It was a vet recently returned from Afghanistan with his wife and 3 day old child. They had no clothes for their baby. Gary immediately worked on establishing a baby closet. This closet has clothing for infants, along with diapers, formula, and other infant needs. All are freely given to families in need.
Gary invited PTSD America to have a representative operating from our facility. PTSD is a widespread problem among Vietnam veterans, both from what veterans experienced in combat, and the negative treatment after their return. Mr. Banghi Traweek provides counseling along with a weekly group session.
Love One supports homeless veterans by providing laundering services. Clean clothes go a long way to helping the homeless, boosting their self-respect.
Homeless vets put their dirty clothes into laundry bags and leave these at the center. These are picked up by Love One and the clothes are washed, folded, and returned to the center. The clean clothes are then picked up at no cost to the veterans.
F.I.D.O. is a pet food bank. Many homeless vets have no family other than their pet. F.I.D.O. provides food, and some medications, along with collars, and beds.
Veteran Service Officer (VSO)
Many veterans wishing to file a claim have no idea as to how, where, and what to do. A VSO is available weekly available at the center to guide veterans thru the process of filing a claim. A properly filed claim has a much better chance of being approved. That is why it is critically important to have a knowledgeable VSO assisting them.
Veteran can encounter many types of legal issues. Fortunately for us at the center we have a attorney, (John Haub) donating his time and abilities to all veterans.
There are other organizations donating their time and experience to veterans at this center. The goal for this center is to be a one stop facility for veterans assistance. We wish to thank all those that support veterans. But most importantly we thank all those that served our country.
Expense Reimbursement and Invoice Payment
This procedure and associated form is to be used for obtaining reimbursement for purchases made on behalf of the chapter and for approval of invoices sent directly to chapter.
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Guidelines for Interaction with Fort Kennedy
Guidelines for VVA 392 members using services coordinted by Fort Kennedy at the Vet Center.
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Elected Officials: 2021-22
President: Steve Carr
Vice President: Larry Cranford
Secretary: Dudley Redhead
Treasurer: Gary Nepple
Board of Directors
Jesus (Monte) Montes