About the Committee
The Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is a group of nine military veterans who have been appointed by the Governor to provide counsel to the ODVA Director on all veterans’ issues and concerns in the state. The Advisory Committee is fortunate to have volunteer members who bring diverse talents and experiences to the table from every generation of veterans and communities across this state.
As an Advisory Committee, we must be informed by the broader veterans’ community that we serve. As such, we invite all Oregon veterans, their families and our partners to attend and participate in the quarterly meetings held across the state.
Contact the Committee
For questions or to contact the committee please use public email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarterly Public Meetings
The Advisory Committee's public meetings are held quarterly on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December.
To request a place on the next agenda or to suggest an issue to be discussed, please email email@example.com or call 503-373-2383 and provide the following information: Name, Organization (if applicable), preferred contact information (email, phone), which quarterly meeting you are requesting agenda time, and the issue you would like discussed and possible action recommendations. While every item will not make our agenda, your input is essential in shaping our work. In addition, we always reserve time at our meetings for public comment.
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Lebanon Veterans' Home
600 North 5th Street
Lebanon, OR 97355
Meeting Minutes & Reports
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Advisory Committee Members
Al Herrera, Chair
US Army, 1955-76
Vietnam War. Awarded the Silver Star
Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart
Dennis Guthrie, Vice Chair
U.S. Army, 1967-69
Vietnam War. Awarded the Silver Star (Valor),
Bronze Star (Valor). American Legion, VFW,
Past-VFW National Surgeon General
Michael Jones, Secretary
U.S. Army, 1970-73
Vietnam War. Award two Bronze Stars.
Past-American Legion Post and
District Commander, VFW, DAV
Mary J. Mayer
U.S. Air Force (ret.) 1972-2002
Vietnam-era, Panama, Persian Gulf,
Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Awarded Legion of Merit, Bronze Star.
Military Officers Assoc., Air Force Assoc.
Oregon Army National Guard, 2008 to present.
Oregon Joint Staff Legal Advisor
Past Brigade Judge Advocate
Chaplain Major Trisa Kelly
Oregon Air National Guard, 2002 to Present
Air Force Commendation Medal
J. Ryan Howell
Oregon Army National Guard, 1999-2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Awarded two
Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals.
VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart
U.S. Army, 1972-74
Vietnam-era. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
(1975-2007), DAV, American Legion
U.S. Coast Guard, 1984-1996 (ret.)
Panama, Grenada, Persian Gulf War-era.
American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8