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State and federal benefits and programs available to Oregon veterans.
Locate VSOs, medical clinics, student veteran centers, memorials, and more.
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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
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.
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.
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 Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs maintains an interactive map and directory of veteran memorials throughout the state. The directory can be filtered by county, city, service era and more. See something we missed? Contact us at ODVAinformation@odva.state.or.us and we’ll add it to the list.
See the list
Did you know? Veterans and active service members are entitled to reduced rates and unique opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreation at state and national parks. Always check for a veteran discount before purchasing a park pass or sporting license.
For more information: see Recreation Benefits.
"Breaking the Silence: An oral history of Oregon's LGBTQ service members" is part one of an upcoming video project helping LGBTQ veterans in the State of Oregon tell their stories.
Stay tuned for details of the full video project.
If you are an LGBTQ veteran in need of assistance or support or have any questions about benefits available to you because of your service to our nation, view the LGBTQ Veterans page.
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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