News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:01 p.m.
Update (Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:29 p.m.):
Thanks to generous donations, on Friday, Nov. 14 the Sheriff's Office and a team of volunteers were able to fill 83 boxes with goods to ship to our troops serving overseas.
Over half a ton of items were boxed up, labeled and sent out by volunteers.
We took video of the event and are happy to share it with members of the media. A link to the location of the video has already been emailed out.
Thanks again to Safeway, Bill Call, VFW Three Rivers Post # 1324, the CCPOBF, and Rep. Shemia Fagan for helping make the Deployed Vet Drive happen.
EARLIER (Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:01 p.m.):
Today through Nov. 14, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is launching the "Deployed Vet Drive" to gather items for care packages for deployed soldiers. Among these deployed soldiers: four of our Sheriff's Office deputies serving in the Guard and Reserve. The public is invited to donate to the care-package drive now through Nov. 14.
CARE-PACKAGE, CHECK DONATIONS WELCOMED FROM PUBLIC:
On Nov. 14, we'll assemble care packages to ship to deployed members of the Guard and Reserve. From now through Nov. 14, the Sheriff's Office is accepting donations from the public in a donation box at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015).
A list of requested donation items is at the end of this release.
Members of the public can also mail checks supporting this effort to a separate address:
attn: Deployed Vet Drive
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015
Safeway, Bill Call, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Three Rivers Post # 1324 have also partnered with the Sheriff's Office to contribute to the donation effort.
NOV. 14 MEDIA EVENT TO SHOWCASE MILITARY EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAM, 'VETERANS PAY BILL'
A planned Nov. 14 media event will also showcase two important new initiatives:
- The Sheriff's Office's new Military Employee Support Program (MESP); and
- LC 1068, the "Veterans' Pay Bill" drafted by Rep. Shemia Fagan and endorsed by Sheriff Roberts for the 2015 legislative session. LC 1068 will limit the financial hit that public safety officers have to take when they are called up for active military duty.
ABOUT THE MILITARY EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAM:
On July 29, 2014, the Sheriff's Office launched the Military Employee Support Program (MESP). It helps establish a support mechanism for Clackamas County Sheriff's Office employees who serve as citizen soldiers in the nation's Guard and Reserve Units.
This includes financial and logistical support of families of CCSO employees deployed overseas by the Guard and Reserve. This support can include:
- Financial help to make up for income shortfalls during training/deployment
- Care packages
- Family care
- Gift certificates
- Child/youth programs
- Assistance in adjusting to civilian law-enforcement environment when returning to duty
A Military Employee Support Program fund was also established through the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF). This fund will create a pool the Foundation can draw from to provide support for deployed CCSO employees and their families. Donations to the fund can be made by mailing a check to:
attn: Military Employee Support Program
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015
Please make the check payable to CCPOBF and put "Military Employee Support Program" in the memo line. Donors will receive a donation receipt using this method. The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation.
ABOUT LC 1068, THE 'VETERANS' PAY BILL'
The Military Employee Support Program is one way to help. Sheriff Roberts is also working with State Rep. Shemia Fagan to introduce LC 1068 -- a bill for the 2015 Oregon legislative session that allow sheriffs' offices and other public-safety offices to supplement their employees' pay when the employees are on active duty with the Guard and Reserve.
"This adds no additional cost to my payroll," said Roberts. "I've already budgeted for my deputies' full salaries."
As reported by KOIN 6 in October:
In some cases, Fagan said state employees' pay can be cut in half [by deployment], and for that reason, she is introducing legislation that would repeal the current law keeping employers from offering differential pay.
"I'm excited for how this is going to affect firefighters, police officers, sheriffs all over the state to be able to actually continue to support their families at a level that's sustainable while they're out serving our country and the military," said Fagan.
Fagan said she thinks her bill is a win-win for all and has promised to fast track it for early next year  in Salem.
"I expect it to pass unanimously through the Capitol," she said.
DONATION ITEMS REQUESTED:
The public is welcome to drop off the following care-package items at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015):
- Any type of sweet item that is well-packaged
- Cashews, almonds, other nuts
- Red Bull or other energy drinks
- Powdered sports drink mix/small liquid water flavors
- Protein powder
- Red Vines licorice
- Hard candy
- Jerky (prefer jerky over other meat items, because pepperoni and other cured meats can go bad)
- Dried and packaged smoked salmon
- Granola and other types of bars
- Dried Fruit
- Keurig coffee/tea/cocoa supplies
- Twin sheets, pillowcases, pillows
- Conditioner for females
- Face wipes / baby wipes
- Deodorant (men/women)
- Shaving cream (avoid aerosol if possible)
- Lip balm
- Eye drops
- Foot powder
- Razors (men/women)
- Toothpaste/toothbrushes/Dental floss
- Magazines (surfing magazines were specifically requested by one soldier)
- Socks (cotton)
- Snack baggies
- Games (including foam footballs/basketballs, crossword puzzles, word searches)
- Air fresheners
- Foot- and hand-warmers
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office