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Agent Orange / Toxic Exposure Town Hall (Photo) - 03/19/19

- The Legacy of Exposure to Agent Orange and Other Toxic Substances on Veterans and Their Offspring -

Please help promote this important Portland area Veteran event.

Media are invited - subject matter experts are available for interviews before/during/after this event.

Agent Orange / Toxic Exposure Town Hall for Veterans & Family Members

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Portland VA Medical Center
Auditorium, Building 101, 2nd Floor 
3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospitol Road

Come learn about the health problems associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals and how they affect your health and the health of your children and grandchildren for up to six generations.

Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Portland Metro Chapter 392.

For more information, contact
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 392
(503) 558-2970 ?,Y

Please share this event on the web or via Facebook.

(This is NON-VA event by Vietnam Veterans of America done with support of VA Portland Health Care System)

Attached Media Files: Agent Orange Town Hall image
Newport Veterans Listening Session & Resource Fair (Photo) - 03/18/19

Veterans & family members are invited to join VA Portland Health Care System and Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors to discuss ideas, ask questions, or raise concerns regarding VA services or meet with a VBA claims representative. Other VA staff and Veteran Service Organizations will be present to talk about VA programs and services, enrollment, and additional resources available to Veterans.

American Legion Post 116
424 W Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365

VA will have staff from services such as:
- Veterans Benefits Administration
- National Cemetery Administration
- Enrollment
- My HealtheVet
- Women’s Health
- Suicide Prevention
- Primary Care
- Transition and Care Management
- Office of Veteran Experience
- Community Care (non-VA Care)

Questions? Contact VA Portland Public Affairs at
(503) 808-1920 or">

Thank you American Legion Post 116 for hosting this event!


Attached Media Files: VAPORHCS logo
VA Portland Health Care System Women's Health Fair - 03/08/19

PORTLAND, Oregon – The community and media are invited to join VA Portland Health Care System for a free Women Veterans Health Fair to celebrate women Veterans, learn about women’s health topics, and meet staff in our women’s health program. Light refreshments provided.

The Women Veterans Health Fair will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Portland VA Medical Center auditorium at 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR, 97239. The theme for the Women’s Health Fair is “Day of the Woman Veteran.” Throughout the day there will be information tables as well as speakers and demonstrations in the auditorium. Here's a look at the schedule of events:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Overview of Women’s Health Program
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Women’s Health Program Panel
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. “Brown bag” Video Shorts
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Qigong
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Preparing for an Outpatient Appointment
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Preparing for an Inpatient Stay
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Yoga
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: “I am a Woman Veteran” – Each with a story to tell
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Video Shorts
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Social Hour

All are welcome and invited. For more information please visit:
Event information
Poster and schedule of events
Facebook event post

Anyone who served in the military, or who is currently serving in the military, is encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 service discharge papers to meet with an enrollment representative on-site to find out if they are eligible for VA health care. The enrollment representative will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the main lobby.

Transportation/Parking: Parking is available in the visitor parking lot. Tri-Met is the bus system for Portland. Bus #8 often serves the medical center from the downtown transit mall. VA Portland Health Care System provides a free shuttle bus service to and from the Portland Medical Center and VA Vancouver Campus. A sky bridge connects the second floor of the VA hospital to the ninth floor of Oregon Health & Science University.


VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS ) serves more than 95,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located in Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located in Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City, Oregon.

Attached Media Files: WHF_Press_Release_03_08_2019.pdf
Largest Annual Wheelchair Sports Event for Veterans Coming to Portland - 03/06/19

VA Portland Health Care System

Press Release

Release #0306-1

March 6, 2018



Largest Annual Wheelchair Sports Event for Veterans Coming to Portland

PORTLAND, Oregon - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America announced the 2020 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will be held in Portland, Oregon from July 3 – 8, 2020.

“The Portland VA Health Care System is honored to join PVA hosting the 40th National Veteran Wheelchair Games.  The Games will promote a healthy lifestyle with competitive spirit for wheelchair athletes during their visit to the Rose City,” said Darwin Goodspeed, Director, VA Portland Health Care System, organization co-host of the 2020 Games.

The Wheelchair Games, presented by VA and PVA, are open to all U.S. military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The 2020 games mark the 40th anniversary of the event.

“The Games is an excellent opportunity for Veterans and their families from around the United States to experience everything Portland and the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from food and entertainment to outdoors activities. For Portland, The Games is an opportunity to welcome and support America’s Veteran wheelchair athletes as they put their training to the test in competition,” said Goodspeed.  

Competitive events will take place in and around Portland, and will feature 20 medaling events including wheelchair events like basketball, rugby, and slalom along with handcycling and swimming. In all events, athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.

“The Wheelchair Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, demonstrate the UnstoppABLE character of Veterans, and generate a wider understanding and respect for these Heroes and all people with disabilities,” said David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “These Games prove to America and the world that an injury does not prevent a person from contributing to their community, a lesson everyone should witness.”

In addition to the competitions and the opening and closing ceremonies, the Wheelchair Games will include a "Kids Day” where local children with disabilities will have the opportunity to interact with athletes, participate in sporting events, and watch Veterans compete.

More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to donate their time and efforts to the event. For more information about the Wheelchair Games visit To volunteer or to support the Games in Portland email the Portland Chair of the 40th National Veteran Wheelchair Games Shaun Benson at">


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About VA Portland Health Care System


The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a two-division, Joint Commission accredited 1A facility that administers a full range of primary, emergency, specialty, tertiary, and long-term care to Veterans throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. The VA Portland Health Care System serves more than 95,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The VAPORHCS catchment area covers more than 30,000 square miles and 26 counties. In addition to two main divisions located in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, VAPORHCS operates nine clinics located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Lincoln City, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, Warrenton, and West Linn. In addition to these clinics, VAPORHCS also operates a Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC) which serves homeless Veterans in downtown Portland. VAPORHCS has a $729M annual budget with over 4,000 employees and volunteers. The Portland campus includes 167 Medical/Surgical, locked Mental Health, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds. The Vancouver campus includes a 76-bed Community Living Center (CLC), a 35-bed Residential Rehab Treatment Program, and a transitional Temporary Lodging Unit. Approximately 743 medical residents, 310 medical students, 240 nursing students and 230 students from other healthcare fields rotate through VAPORHCS annually.


About Paralyzed Veterans of America


Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. 


As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at


About the Department of Veterans Affairs


The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domicilaries, readjustment counseling centers and other facilities.  VA is the recognized world leader in rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA promotes the rehabilitation of body, mind and spirit by offering adaptive sports clinics and competitions around the nation, including the annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.


VA began the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 1981 as a celebration of sports during the International Year of the Disabled Persons.  Partnering with PVA in 1985, the NVWG has continued to grow and VA therapists across the country use adaptive sports and the NVWG to enable Veterans to be active in their lives and communities and for some, to reach higher levels of national and international competitions.  Through VA’s Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events, the Department manages six national programs delivering direct patient care to Veterans under the authority of 38 United States Code 322.