Sorority makes donation to stand down

by: Photo by Susan Matheny - Members of Alpha Omicron Sorority presented a donation of new socks to returning veterans service officer Tom Weise last week, to be given away at the upcoming Central Oregon Stand Down. Pictured from left are, Nancy Jolstead, Sharon Blackman, Tom Weise, Janet Rose, Bev Haworth, and Louise Muir. The donation was part of the sorority’s Hope for Heros program.

   Tom Weise returned Oct. 11, as Jefferson County's veteran service officer.
   Weise had worked in that capacity for five years, before leaving for two years for health reasons. Patricia White, who served during his absence, has taken another full-time job. The local position is part time.
   Besides settling back into the office at the Jefferson County Senior Center, Weise has been busy helping prepare for the Nov. 3, Central Oregon Stand Down, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bend Community Center.
   A stand down is an event for military veterans which provides them with needed services. This one is for all veterans in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties.
   It is estimated that there are 95 homeless veterans in the tri-county area, and the Central Oregon Veterans Organization, which is sponsoring the stand down, projects that 75 of those vets will attend the event.
   Bus transportation is being organized for outlying areas. The bus will go to Warm Springs, and stop at the Madras Safeway at 9 a.m., and shuttle back and forth approximately every two hours.
   Last week, ladies from the Alpha Omicron Sorority in Madras presented Weise with a box of new socks to hand out to homeless veterans at the stand down.
   "There will be so many marvelous things there. They will have a dentist, veterinarian, someone to help them prepare a resume," Weise said, listing just a few services.
   In addition, veterans will be able to talk to veterans' service officers, employment counselors, the Housing and Urban Development housing manager, and visit the COVO medical van.
   Employers expected to attend include St. Charles Medical Center, PV Powered, Beaver Coach, Best Buy, Leading Edge Aviation, Bend Recycling, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Bi-Mart, Big R, Fred Meyer, and others.
   Office hours
   Weise's Madras office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On other days, he offers services in outlying communities: first Thursday of the month, at the Camp Sherman Fire Hall; second Thursday, Warm Springs Senior Center; third Thursday, Crooked River Ranch Fire Hall; fourth Thursday, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.
   "It's important I go to those communities and be there. There are quite a few vets in the Camp Sherman area, and the county commissioners want to make sure all our vets are covered and taken care of," Weise said.
   Weise can be reached at 541-475-5228, or by email at
   "I'm so excited to be back here and working with veterans in Jefferson County. They're a wonderful group of people," Weise said.
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