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Every county in Oregon has a Veteran Services Office with federally accredited and state-certified veteran service officers. These VSOs provide benefits counseling, represent and advocate for veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled.
VSOs are trained and experienced in navigating the federal VA process to ensure claims are submitted accurately and efficiently, for no fee.
Find your county's Veterans Service Office
See grant programs offered by ODVA.
For more information: ODVA Grants
If you or someone you know is a veteran facing homelessness or other financial crises, please let us help. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, along with many other state and national military and service organizations, have emergency relief programs specifically designed to help veterans, service members and their families. Contact ODVA or your nearest veteran service office for assistance.
For more information: see Emergency Assistance
The 10th Annual ODVA Oregon Women Veterans Conference comes to beautiful Sunriver, Oregon in 2018. This event is open to women veterans ONLY and is free to attend!
Published annually, the Veteran Benefits Magazine is your go-to resource for state and federal benefits available to Oregon veterans.
Available at no cost, individuals and organizations may request copies at any time.
From property tax exemptions to help filing taxes, many resources exist specifically for veterans.
Through the Charitable Checkoff program, anyone can donate their Oregon refunds to support veterans.
For more information: see Taxes.
There are many ways to proudly share your veteran status, but two of the most popular in Oregon are veteran license plates and ID cards. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) manages the license plate program, which offers specialty plates to veterans, disabled veterans and qualified family members at no additional cost beyond regular plate fees or replacement plate fees.
For more information: see DMV - Vehicle Plates
The DMV is also in charge of the veteran designation on state driver licenses or ID cards, which is the standard way for Oregon veterans to prove their service (other than federal VA ID cards, which are issued to veterans enrolled in VA healthcare). To receive the veteran designation, you must provide proof of service to the DMV (DD 214 or 215) and meet all the other qualifications for driving privileges or state ID cards.
For more information: see DMV - Veteran Designation
Veterans and disabled veterans receive preference when applying for public sector jobs in Oregon, whether at the federal, state, county or local level. This preference does not guarantee you a job, but it does ensure qualified veterans receive special consideration over non-veterans in public employment.
To be eligible, you must pass the initial screenings and meet all the qualifications for the position. You must also meet the service criteria associated with the state or federal veterans’ preference laws.
For more information: see “Veterans’ Preference” under the Employment Benefits page.
Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs are seeking applications from veterans interested in serving the state's veteran community as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee.
ODVA tracks legislation impacting the veteran community and emails a weekly Bill Digest whenever the legislature is in session. If interested, please subscribe by visiting the Legislation page below.
Did you know that the Charitable Checkoff program lets you designate all or part of your Oregon refund to support veterans? Your tax refund can be donated to support:
Nearly $400 million has been raised for these funds since 2007. Help us hit the half-billion dollar mark this year!
This is a frequently updated feed of updates to veteran benefits. For more, visit ODVA's blog or e-Subscribe to receive updates by email.
View more publications and subscribe to receive yours by mail or email on the Agency Publications page.
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