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Advisory Committee to the ODVA
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 vaac@odva.state.or.us  

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 vaac@odva.state.or.us  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.
Next Meeting
Date:                Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time:                9:30 a.m. to noon
Location:           Lebanon Veterans' Home
                        600 North 5th Street
                        Lebanon, OR 97355
                        (541) 497-7265
Meeting Minutes & Reports
March 2015
Agenda (Not Yet Available)
Minutes (Not Yet Available)
Report   (Not Yet Available)
December 2014
        Minutes Awaiting Approval
September 2014
June 2014
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.




​Tony Garcia

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


Gerard Lorang

U.S. Army, 1972-74

Vietnam-era. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

(1975-2007), DAV, American Legion

Kevin Owens

U.S. Coast Guard, 1984-1996 (ret.)

Panama, Grenada, Persian Gulf War-era.

American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8