VAM Mission Statement

Mission Statement

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

- Calvin Coolidge


Union County is blessed to be home to several thousand veterans and active duty military. Approximately one in ten Union County residents are either current or prior active duty military. As part of a commitment by all of us to our military, whether as neighbors, communities, individuals, and/or business owners, the VAM program has as its mission the opening of doors and the laying of a red carpet to our veterans and military.


We actively encourage businesses to create, promote, or expand special recognitions to veterans and military, such as an identifiable discount in costs in recognition of military service.

We will encourage all military to consider themselves welcome to shop, live, or visit our County as our honored service members in any of the twelve branches of American military service.

We promote, through use of signs, social media, partnerships, and research, the importance of relating life-time benefits associated with civilian activities for all military in our County.

Sincerely and Respectfully, The Founding Members of the VAM, Dated The first of April 2016:

Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard's 3-116 Cavalry color guard take part in a mobilization ceremony at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore., Sept. 21.  More than 600 Oregon Soldiers will join Soldiers from Idaho and Montana for a one-year deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).