This November, Oregonians have an unprecedented opportunity to assist our veterans who struggle to return and reintegrate into our communities. Measure 96 represents the most consequential investment in veterans’ outreach and services in Oregon History. It is imperative we make the most of this opportunity: While most veterans transition smoothly back into civilian life, some do not. Homelessness, unemployment, suicide, and incarceration are often the result of too few veterans' services or a lack of knowledge of what exists. Measure 96 will help alleviate these problems.
Measure 96, co-authored by Representative Paul Evans (D-Monmouth) and Representative Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), will help our veterans access and acquire the services and support they have earned. This measure, which received unanimous bi-partisan support in the legislature, gives voters the opportunity to set aside 1.5% of unencumbered lottery revenue for veteran outreach and programs. Existing programs return an excess of $257.00 for every $1.00 invested. The $18 Million this measure provides will help us unlock as much as $4 Billion in federal benefits, health care, and services for military families in each and every district throughout Oregon. More than 200,000 Oregon veterans will benefit.
Recent OPB polling shows that Measure 96 has earned significant support from Oregon voters. As of the 17th of October 81% of respondent said they support the Veterans’ Lottery Bill, with 58% saying they strongly support Measure 96.
Why Measure 96?
Veterans aren't getting the care or services they deserve and earned.
Lack of services and outreach have led to veteran specific social problems including: unemployment, suicide, incarceration, homelessness.
Measure 96 is a historic investment: 1.5% of unencumbered lottery funds will benefit more than 200,000 Oregon veterans who are not receiving or lack access to the benefits they earned.
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