Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds | Sisters, Oregon Sisters Oregon Visitors Guide

Latest Sisters, Oregon, weather
Current News
• Current News
Sports & Recreation
Home & Garden
Pets Lost/Found Pets Free
Area Events
Arts & Entertainment
Contact List
Camp Sherman
City of Sisters
Deschutes County
Public Library
Sisters Guide
Sisters Chamber
Sisters Map
Sisters Schools

Advanced Search

home : current news : current news July 23, 2016

9/17/2013 12:51:00 PM
Band of Brothers gathers in Sisters
Redmond and Sisters veterans met at Takoda’s to help the Sisters chapter of Oregon Band of Brothers get started. photo by Jim Cornelius
+ click to enlarge
Redmond and Sisters veterans met at Takoda’s to help the Sisters chapter of Oregon Band of Brothers get started. photo by Jim Cornelius

By Jim Cornelius
News Editor

Members of the armed forces are used to conducting missions. The Oregon Band of Brothers' mission is straightforward - and as important as any its members conducted back in the day.

That mission is: "To provide veterans and current members of the military with the opportunity to share friendship, camaraderie and assistance."

"We're a social organization," said Ray Hartzell, who serves as secretary-treasurer for both the state and the Bend chapter of the organization. There are no dues for membership, and the group maintains its informality even as it becomes an official non-profit organization.

As the Oregon Band of Brothers makes its status official, different cities are forming individual chapters. A new chapter is forming in Sisters. They meet on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Takoda's Restaurant.

The group has coalesced around three "staff" members - Merle Holm, Dave Culver, and Tom Barrier. Tom Salgado, who is not a veteran, has been awarded associate status for his tireless work in helping local veterans with medical issues.

"That guy is phenomenal," Barrier said.

Hartzell, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, was one of the founders of the Bend Band of Brothers.

"Myself and eight other guys started going over to the Elks ... in 2006 for coffee," he said, recalling the origins of the outfit.

"Veterans will talk to veterans, that's the thing," said Barrier, who served for a total of 14 years as a U.S. Army officer, including tours of duty in Vietnam.

Talking with folks who have experience in common, who understand the particular stresses, strains, and satisfactions of military service is important to veterans and active-duty service members, and can often prove therapeutic, Hartzell and Barrier explained.

The organization is also open to spouses and close relatives of military members - "any kind of blood connection to military service," Hartzell said.

After all, family members in effect are serving, too, facing the challenges of deployment, service-related medical issues and the lingering memories of war.

"There is a high degree of involvement with the spouses of military people," Hartzell said.

Barrier explained that more formal organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or the American Legion meet once a month and have a more formal structure. The Band of Brothers, with its weekly gatherings, is more about simply sharing some fellowship.

The Sisters chapter of Oregon Band of Brothers welcomes new attendees. For more information, contact Barrier at 541-408-5594 or Hartzell at 541-977-7883. For more information on the organization, visit

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

© Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. The Nugget Newspaper, Inc.
PO Box 698 • 442 E. Main Ave., Sisters, Oregon 97759 • 541-549-9941 office • 541-549-9940 Fax

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved