Resources for Veterans

 
Veteran's Services in Oregon:
 
Veteran's Service Officers: “From helping veterans to file claims for education, medical or other benefits to assisting them in obtaining earned military awards or lost records, ODVA and its county partners, continue to help Oregon veterans and their families to improve their quality of life. VSOs are accredited and certified professionals who are experts in veteran law. There are VSOs in every county across Oregon, in many national service organizations, and at the Salem and Portland offices of the ODVA.”
 
Statewide Office: 100 SW Main St., 2nd Floor, Portland, OR 97204
Mailing Address: PO Box 8039, Portland, OR ,97204
Phone Number: 503-412-4777
VSOs: Martin Ornelas, Karen Burch, Deanna Erhardt, Donna Hunt, Vicky Kaufman, Doug Yerke
 
Statewide Office: 700 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR, 97301-1285
Phone Number: 800-692-9666, 503-373-2085
VSOs: Joe Glover, Johnathan Collins, Krystal Jancze, Vicky Kaufman, Linda McMillan, Bob Small, Pat McGuffin
 
Marion and Polk County Office: 700 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR, 97301-1285
Phone: 800-692-9666, 503-373-2085
Cities Served: Aumsville, Aurora, Dallas, Detroit, Donald, Falls City, Gates, Gervais, Hubbard, Idanha, Independence, Jefferson, Keizer, Mill City, Monmouth, Mt. Angel, Salem, Scotts Mills, Silverton, St. Paul, Stayton, Sublimity, Turner, Woodburn
 
Salem area Veterans' Centers:
Salem Clinic: 1750 McGilchrist St. SE, Suite 130, Salem, OR, 97302
Phone: 971-304-2200
 
Salem Vet Center: 2645 Portland Rd NE, Suite 250 Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-362-9911
 
Oregon Veterans' Programs:
Oregon State Veterans' Employment Program Coordinator: 503-947-1845
 
Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists: 503-280-6041, http://www.emp.state.or.us/jobs/
 
ORVET Home Loan and Home Insurance:
Since 1946, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has helped more than 334,000 veterans realize their dreams of owning a home, loaning over $7.5 billion to veterans. ODVA offers a state veterans’ home loan that is an additional and distinctively separate benefit from the Federal VA Home Loan Guaranty Program. The current maximum loan amount is $417,000 for a single family, owner occupied residence and veterans are now eligible to use the loan as a lifetime benefit. The program is designed specifically to provide veterans the lowest interest rate possible. ODVA takes pride in achieving consistent high levels of customer satisfaction, and makes every attempt to be flexible and provide and easy application process.”
 
Veterans' Homes:
The Oregon Veterans' Homes provide comfortable residences for veterans who have honorably served our country, or for their spouses, who are now in need of skilled nursing and rehabilitative or Alzheimer's care. Located in Lebanon and The Dalles. Care at the Oregon Veterans' Homes is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses and parents who had a child die while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. To be eligible for this benefit, qualifying veterans must have served as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Federal VA) and received an honorable discharge from their branch of service. A physician’s recommendation that skilled nursing care is needed in order to be admitted into either Veterans' Home.
Website: http://oregonveteranshomes.com/
 
The Dalles Veterans' Home
Address: 700 Veterans' Dr., The Dalles, OR, 97058
Phone: 541-296-7152
Program Director: Dallas Swafford, dallas.e.swafford@state.or.us
 
Lebanon Veterans' Home
Address: 600 N 5th St, Lebanon, OR, 97355
Phone: 541-497-7265
Program Director: Jeremy Woodall, jeremy.woodall@ovhlebanon.org
 
ODVA Conservatorship Program:
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) Conservatorship Program serves veterans, their surviving spouses, minor children or helpless adult children of veterans, and dependent parents. Our professional Trust Officers are dedicated to assisting Oregon veterans manage their financial affairs and property while helping ease the burdens often associated with paying bills, collecting funds on debts owed by the veteran, corresponding with creditors, buying or selling real-estate, or other investments. ODVA’s Trust Officers are experts in Oregon Laws and Administrative Rules and USDVA law and regulation. possible they work closely with interested family members in planning for the welfare and best interest of the veteran, their spouse or dependent.”
 
Oregon Veterans' Emergency Assistance Program:
The Oregon Veterans’ Emergency Assistance Program is for veterans and their immediate family (spouse, unremarried surviving spouse, child, or stepchild) who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Assistance is granted one time only and average award amounts vary. Emergency financial assistance includes, but is not limited to, emergency or temporary housing and related housing expenses, such as expenses for utilities, insurance, house repairs, rent assistance, emergency medical or dental expenses and emergency transportation. All payments are made directly to payees/creditors. To receive this grant your application must include a workable plan for future sustainability - how you will meet your future monthly living expenses and obligations. Call your local County Veteran Service Office Veterans Service Officer or ODVA at 503-373-2085 to talk to someone about your needs.”
 
Veteran Benefit Magazine:
The ODVA has published a comprehensive 40-page Veteran Benefit magazine containing detailed and updated information on all state and federal veteran benefits.” Website: https://issuu.com/odva/docs/2016_oregon_veteran_benefit_magazin
 
Selected Federal VA Benefits:
VA Health Care: “A person who served in the active military service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA health care benefits. Reservists and National Guard members may also qualify for VA health benefits if they were called to active duty by a federal order.
 
My HealTheVet:
Managing your health information - appointments, prescriptions, labs, blood tests and even exchanging messages with your health care team - has never been easier. My HealtheVet is your online Personal Health Record to help you gain a better understanding of your health status.
 
Federal Education Benefits:
Going back to college has never been easier for veterans. The VA has multiple federal educational and training benefits like the Post- 9/11 GI Bill which is a program for individuals who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.”
 
eBenefits:
eBenefits is a powerful online support website that allows veterans to apply for Veteran Benefits Online (VONAPP), access VA payment history, and check on Compensation & Pension status. Service members and their family also have access to their personnel information, DoD TRICARE insurance, educational benefits, and eLearning opportunities.”
 
ALL INFORMATION SOURCED FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
Meetings and Social Gatherings:
 
Portland Metro Veterans Connection
Join veterans in the Portland Metro area on the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 6 pm, to connect with other veterans for good conversation and to be part of a "community" of fellow veterans.  Meet at 5600 NE Glisan St.
-Contact: Patti, 971-998-7362, http://pmvc.weebly.com/ 
 
American Women Vets’ Association
Meets in Douglas County. Female veterans from all US service branch/eras are invited to meet, become better informed, do service projects, and enjoy camaraderie. Monthly meeting is the 2nd Tue. of each month, 5 pm, with a quarterly potluck at American Legion Post 16, 406 SE Oak St., Roseburg. 
-Contact: Dona Brewer, 541-391-9813 
 
Vietnam 25th Infantry Div., 1st Air CAV Vets Meetings
All veterans are welcome to meet for lunch and conversation on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Superking Buffet, 5105 SE 82nd Ave., Portland. 
-Contact: Gary Hartt, 503-632-6955
 
US Merchant Marine - Navy Armed Guard Meetings
The Oregon AMMV meets on the 3rd Monday of the month, 11:30 am, Clackamas Banquet Facility, 15815 SE 82nd Dr. 
- Contact: Max Guitierez, 503-789-7932
 
Douglas County Veterans Monthly Forum
Veteran organization leaders discuss and develop common support issues for all veterans in SW Oregon. Briefings from VA Roseburg Healthcare Systems, county veteran service officer and veteran's agencies. Meetings: 5 pm, third Tue. of each month at Roseburg American Legion Post 16, 406 SE Oak St.
- Contact: Jim, 541-672-4635, gunnerlittle@aol.com