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Governor, ODVA seeking applicants to fill vacancy on Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee (Photo) - 01/17/18

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs are seeking applications from veterans interested in serving the state's veteran community as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee.

Since the advisory committee was established in 1945, it has held a distinct and fundamental role advising the director and staff of ODVA. Advisory committee members are military veterans who are appointed by the governor and act as advocates for veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, please visit ODVA's website at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a veteran whose service in the United States Armed Forces meets the criteria defined under ORS 408.225(1)(f). Interested applicants should complete the interest form that can be found online at www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form.pdf.

Completed forms may be submitted by email to executive.appointments@oregon.gov or by regular mail to Office of the Governor, Executive Appointments, 900 Court St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, OR 97301-4075. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 22, 2018.

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Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles
Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs issues RFP for operation of Oregon Veterans' Homes in The Dalles and Lebanon (Photo) - 01/08/18

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for an experienced, qualified organization to operate and provide management services for its two award-winning skilled nursing homes, located in The Dalles and Lebanon.

ODVA owns the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles and the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon, where honored veterans, veteran spouses and qualified Gold Star parents live and receive rehabilitative, memory care, residential and medical care and services from caring and highly trained staff.

This RFP is designed to award a single contract for the operations and management services of the two Veterans' Homes to a qualified organization that will maintain the high standards of care and accommodations that its honored residents deserve.

An optional pre-proposal conference for organizations planning to submit a proposal will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2018, in the Miller Room at the Oregon Medical Education Foundation Conference Center, 11740 S.W. 68th Parkway, Portland. Potential proposers will have an opportunity to discuss the project with ODVA staff and to request clarification about the solicitation documents.

The RFP and attachments can be obtained on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) website at orpin.oregon.gov. Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m., March 23, 2018. For more information regarding the specifics of the RFP, please contact John Osborn at osbornj@odva.state.or.us.

To learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Homes, and other benefits available to veterans and their families, visit oregon.gov/odva.

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ODVA logo
State launches new grant program to bolster, expand key veteran services in Oregon (Photo) - 01/03/18

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is now seeking grant proposals from nonprofits and other service providers who want to help expand needed services for Oregon veterans.

The grant program was created to improve services in a number of key areas, including mental and physical health care, housing, employment opportunities and stability, education and training opportunities, transportation, and promoting veterans' organizations that provide critical services for veterans.

"One of the things that defines the Oregon veteran community is our ability to creatively and effectively harness available resources to make a difference for veterans," said Sheronne Blasi, acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. "We see it happen every day. This grant opportunity is about supporting that work, expanding services for veterans in their communities, and we're confident it will make a big impact."

Funding for the program comes from the Veteran Services Grant Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2017 with its passage of House Bill 2891. The Veteran Services Grant Fund is funded by Oregon Lottery revenue, which was made possible through voters' approval of Measure 96 in November 2016.

Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations incorporated under 501(c)(3), veterans organizations incorporated under 501(c)(19), tribal, regional, local governments, or state agencies, Oregon quasi-public agencies and Oregon intergovernmental agencies.

Grant proposals must be received by Feb. 1, 2018, to be considered. All awards will be one-time grants, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Grant awards will be announced in the spring of 2018.

Proposals must be submitted through the Oregon Procurement Information Network (or ORPIN) site, http://orpin.oregon.gov. For more information or questions about this grant opportunity, please contact ODVA Senior Policy Advisor Laurie Skillman at laurie.skillman@state.or.us.

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Grant Funding Awarded to Improve Outcomes for Student Veterans - 12/21/17

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs awarded grants totaling $1 million this week to expand campus veteran resource centers at 14 of Oregon's public universities and community colleges.

Veteran resource centers are vital in helping veterans transition from military service to college life, complete their education and, ultimately, succeed in their career and vocational goals in the community.

The purpose of the Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant Program, which was created with the passage of Senate Bill 143 in 2017, is to augment these existing resources by funding innovative and impactful projects or programs, designed to improve the lives of student veterans and help them succeed.

All 14 of the institutions who applied received a portion of the available grant funds. The one-time grants ranged from $32,500 to $100,000. The projects selected for funding were the result of a thoughtful and deliberate process by an evaluation committee composed of members of the Oregon Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, as well as veterans, and education and financial experts from across the state.

Highlights of the funded projects include:
- The development of veteran-specific campus orientation and welcome programs for student veterans and their families
- Training for academic faculty and staff in military culture and unique needs of student veterans
- The establishment of peer mentor programs to assist veterans in succeeding in school
- Purchase of tutorial software for veterans in the areas of college-level writing and math skills
- The creation of quarterly "Hiring Veterans" events, which will assist student veteran transitioning from school to the workplace by connecting them with employment resources and potential employers
- Establishing strong relationships with county veteran service offices and other veteran service providers to ensure student veterans have access to crucial benefits they have earned
- Two community colleges are expanding very small resource centers and moving them to central locations, which include study areas, computers, printers and space for the veteran coordinators

The recipients were: Lane Community College, Oregon City; Rogue Community College, Grants Pass; Linn-Benton Community College; Western Oregon University, Monmouth; Klamath Community College, Klamath Falls; Clackamas Community College, Oregon City; Portland Community College, Portland; Oregon State University, Corvallis; Mount Hood Community College, Gresham; University of Oregon, Eugene; Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay; Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton; Eastern Oregon University, La Grande; and Chemeketa Community College.

ODVA is implementing the grants and will review the recipients' expenditures and outcomes on a quarterly basis. The grants were awarded for an 18-month term, and funds must be used between January 2018 and June 2019.