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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Still Accepting Applications for the Educational Bridge Grant - 02/17/21

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is still accepting applications for the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant, a grant program that was implemented last year to help Oregon veterans complete their educational goals.

The Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Program provides financial assistance to veterans who are unable to complete their education or training due to the unavailability of one or more required classes or periods of training.

The program, which the Oregon State Legislature established in 2019 with the passage of House Bill 2201, provides grants to eligible student veterans to alleviate the financial stress during a gap period when required courses are unavailable, allowing them to stay in school or their apprenticeship training and finish their program.

Under the program, eligible student veterans who are unable to complete their education due to the unavailability of required classes or training may receive grants of up to $5,000. Recipients must be a veteran eligible for GI Bill® benefits, must be an Oregon resident and must be enrolled in an Oregon-based academic or training program that is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To date, ODVA has awarded over $200,000 to more than 40 veterans in academic and training programs that include traditional degrees, professional certificates, flight programs and apprenticeships (a more specific list of programs this grant has supported is available to interested media outlets upon request).

The average award has been $4,382 and the average turnaround from the receipt of a completed application has been just five days.

“ODVA is grateful for the opportunity to help so many worthy veterans complete their education or vocational training, which we know can have a lasting, meaningful impact on the quality of life they are able to lead for themselves and their families,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “Particularly in the midst of the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the barriers many student veterans face in achieving their educational goals, and our team stands ready to help in any way we can.”

Veterans may also be eligible for retroactive funding in certain circumstances. Any veteran who believes they meet eligibility requirements is encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Program or to apply, visit the ODVA website at https://www.oregon.gov/odva/agency-programs/grants/Pages/Educational-Bridge-Grant.aspx. Questions may be directed to ODVA Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Coordinator Joe Mah at g@odva.state.or.us">ebg@odva.state.or.us or by phone at 503-400-0540.

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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to Hold First Meeting in 2021 via Zoom - 02/10/21

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, via Zoom. The meeting begins at 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:

Pre-registration is required using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoce-orj4pE9FYjUBF_0xsTtKGscT_Lvmy The meeting link will be provided only to those who have pre-registered to attend.

You may also join the meeting via telephone: Dial 1 (253) 215-8782. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 845 6600 5395# and password/participant ID: 146722#

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

Town Hall:

The business meeting will conclude with a town hall in which attendees will be invited to ask questions of the committee and director. This time is set aside for individuals to bring up broader veteran community issues.

Community members may also submit written public comments to the committee by emailing 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.