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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to Hold Final Virtual Meeting of 2020 - 11/24/20

The final 2020 meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, 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 December 2020 Report to the Advisory Committee has been presented and is available to the public as an attachment to this press release. It is also available here: https://issuu.com/odva/docs/odva_december_report_to_the_advisory_committee

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:

Join by Zoom via Videoconference: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpd-mtrjsuGNQenGY7aYVDDLnZ9knG-QAE. Pre-registration is required.

Join by Zoom via Telephone: Dial 1 (253) 215-8782. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 824 0050 0420# and password/participant ID: 6959417#

You will be prompted to state your name. State your name (first and last), branch of service and organization(s) you are representing.

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: VAAC Staff Report December 2020
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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs to Host Virtual Women Veterans Town Hall (Photo) - 11/16/20

Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), will host a live virtual town hall meeting this week to discuss women veterans’ services, answer questions and hear challenges and experiences from Oregon women veterans.

Trained and certified Veteran Service Officers and other benefits experts will also be on hand to provide direct assistance to participants and help connect them to services, file a claim for benefits or submit an appeal for earned benefits that had previously been denied.

“Women veterans have served honorably in our nation’s military in every American conflict since — and including — the Revolutionary War,” said Fitzpatrick, who is the first woman director in the 75-year history of ODVA. “And yet, too often, women veterans feel invisible either because they don’t know there are benefits and services available to them, or they are having difficulty accessing those earned benefits and services.”

“At ODVA, our mission is to serve and advocate for all Oregon veterans. We hope to hear from many women veterans at this event, so we can provide direct support and deepen our understanding of the challenges facing women veterans and their families in these unprecedented times,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Virtual Women Veterans Town Hall will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 20, via Zoom. You may register online at oregon.gov.odva/Connect/Pages/Townhalls.aspx. Submit questions for Director Fitzpatrick in advance by pre-registering or emailing vetsbenefits@odva.state.or.us">orvetsbenefits@odva.state.or.us.

Registration is recommended but not required. Callers and questions will be welcomed on a “first come, first served” basis. To call in for the meeting without registering, dial 888-788-0099, and use meeting ID 834 0608 6921. The passcode is 717322.

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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs to Host Virtual Statewide Veterans Day 2020 Celebration (Photo) - 11/06/20

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) will honor all veterans next week with a Virtual Statewide Veterans Day 2020 Celebration.

The virtual ceremony will be streamed on ODVA’s Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will include the singing of the national anthem by Miss Oregon USA Katerina Villegas, as well as remarks by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick, and other special guests.

 “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every American tradition this year, but it presents opportunities to celebrate our cherished traditions in new ways. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs remains committed to honoring our state’s veterans and their remarkable service and sacrifice. Doing so has never been more important,” said Fitzpatrick. “I encourage all Oregonians to join us for this virtual event to honor our military service members, veterans and their families on this Veterans Day.”

Link to ODVA’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/odvavet to watch the streamed event.