Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) is a 19-acre working farm in a rustic setting that promotes the healing of combat trauma across the lifespan. Central Oregon (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson Counties) is home to approximately 20,000 veterans, including veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous other military operations.
Every generation of veterans is uniquely impacted by their era of service and will have end of life experiences markedly different than those of their civilian counterparts. Given the age range of Korean and Vietnam veterans, Central Oregon will be providing end of life care to veterans for the next 20-30 years.
COVR's unique model of healthcare brings together different generations of veterans together in non-stigmatizing, natural environment where they can heal each other, and heal together.
To bring different generations of veterans together to heal the effects of combat and other military-related trauma through:
Meaningful volunteerism and community engagement in agriculture-related activities including the raising of animals and production of greenhouse and pasture crops.
Peer Support and access to various veteran services via the Ranch, including benefits, counseling, medical care, etc.
Specialized End of Life care in a state-licensed Adult Foster Home - the Honor Quarters where trained staff and volunteers will help foster healing at end of life and a peaceful death.
No service member/veteran should be left behind and no veteran should die alone.
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Alison Perry is a Licensed Professional Counselor and worked as a trauma therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2005-2012. She is the sister, aunt, and granddaughter of Army, Marine, and Air Force veterans. Since 2007 Alison has been an advocate and active participant in the Central Oregon veteran community, serving as Executive Director of a local veterans' housing nonprofit prior to founding Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.
Alison has a passion for combat trauma across the lifespan and a commitment to ongoing learning about the effects of trauma at different stages of the human life cycle. Her particular interest is in the challenges of returning home after combat and combat trauma at end of life, which informs the policies and programs of Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.