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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to Hold Final Meeting of 2022 - 11/23/22

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022, via Zoom. The Zoom room will open at 9 a.m., but the meeting does not officially begin until 9:30 a.m.

The committee is made up of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

ODVA’s Reports to the Advisory Committee are available to the public on the ODVA website: https://issuu.com/odva/stacks/38107bb40c054695831edf5634865ca4

This meeting is being held virtually due to travel and gathering size restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The public is invited to attend.

To attend:

You will need to pre-register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctceuprT4iG9RuNrFZImfstIxavCPoN5CM

 Pre-registration is required. Once pre-registered, you will receive the meeting link.

Join by Zoom via Telephone: Dial 1 (253) 215-8782. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 830 6213 5810# and password/participant ID: 277996#

You will be prompted to state your name. State your first and last name.

Meeting focus: Veteran Houselessness

Town Hall:

There will be a Town Hall at the end of the business meeting in which we invite you to ask questions of the committee and director. This time is set aside for individuals to bring up broader veteran community issues. Members of the community are also invited to submit written public comments to the Committee at the following email address: vaac@odva.state.or.us

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us. 

Attached Media Files: 3-DECAgenda.docx
Save the Date: Oregon Women Veterans Conference to Return to In-Person Format in May 2023 - 11/16/22

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is excited to announce the Oregon Women Veterans Conference will return as an in-person event in 2023, celebrating 25 years of recognizing women veterans of all eras of military service from every corner of the state. The theme of next year’s conference is “Stronger Together: Voices of Service.”

The free, two-day conference will take place May 20 and 21, 2023, at the Salem Convention Center. Hosted by ODVA since 1998, this biennial event has celebrated the contributions, diversity and strength of Oregon’s women veteran community, and is the largest gathering of women veterans from every era of service in the state.

Women veterans make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the Oregon veteran community, with more than 25,000 women veterans living in the state today, representing one-tenth of the overall veteran population.

The conference will include inspirational speakers, informative seminars and breakout sessions, as well as opportunities to network with other Oregon women veterans and receive assistance in accessing earned benefits and other resources.

Conference registration for women veteran attendees is free. Those interested in attending are encouraged to save the date and subscribe to email updates from ODVA to receive conference information as it becomes available: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDVA/subscriber/new?topic_id=ORDVA_123

More information about conference reservation and lodging will be announced online in early 2023 at wvc.oregondva.com

Established in 1945, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is dedicated to serving Oregon’s diverse veteran community that spans five eras of service members. ODVA administers programs and provides special advocacy and assistance in accessing earned veteran benefits across the state. Learn about veteran benefits and services, or locate a local county or tribal veteran service office online at oregon.gov/odva.

Attached Media Files: 2023_WVC_Ditigal_Flyer.pdf
Oregon Veteran Volunteer Training Program Announces Virtual Training for December - 11/15/22

Two-day Training set for Dec. 6-7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is seeking volunteers for its Veteran Volunteer Program who are interested in serving aging veterans in their own communities by helping veterans learn how to access potential earned benefits and resources. The goal of this program is to equip volunteers with information so they can help educate and connect veterans — primarily, seniors — to their earned benefits and other potential resources. 

The next training is scheduled for interested volunteers in Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Grant, Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur counties and will be held virtually, Tuesday-Wednesday, December 6-7. The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. both days and attendance to both sessions is required.

The program is open to anyone 18 years or older. Volunteers are asked to commit to serving eight to 10 hours per month. A background check will be performed (at no cost to the volunteer) before the volunteer is permitted to work with veterans. If you enjoy working with the aging population and want to make a difference in the lives of veterans, you are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers work closely with ODVA’s Veteran Volunteer Coordinator and accredited local county veteran or tribal service officers in the area, locating veterans who may need assistance accessing their benefits in long-term care facilities, senior centers, libraries, mobile home parks, and retirement communities, or wherever people gather.

To register or get information about an upcoming training in your area, or for more information about the program, please visit oregonvetvolunteer.com or contact Veteran Volunteer Coordinator Mark Newell at 971-720-8911 or ODVA_VeteranVolunteer@odva.oregon.gov.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to Hold Final Meeting of 2022 - 11/08/22

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022, via Zoom. The Zoom room will open at 9 a.m., but the meeting does not officially begin until 9:30 a.m.

The committee is made up of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

ODVA’s Reports to the Advisory Committee are available to the public on the ODVA website: https://issuu.com/odva/stacks/38107bb40c054695831edf5634865ca4

This meeting is being held virtually due to travel and gathering size restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The public is invited to attend.

To attend:

You will need to pre-register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctceuprT4iG9RuNrFZImfstIxavCPoN5CM

 Pre-registration is required. Once pre-registered, you will receive the meeting link.

Join by Zoom via Telephone: Dial 1 (253) 215-8782. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 830 6213 5810# and password/participant ID: 277996#

You will be prompted to state your name. State your first and last name.

Meeting focus: Veteran Houselessness

Town Hall:

There will be a Town Hall at the end of the business meeting in which we invite you to ask questions of the committee and director. This time is set aside for individuals to bring up broader veteran community issues. Members of the community are also invited to submit written public comments to the Committee at the following email address: vaac@odva.state.or.us

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.