ODVA Veterans Advisory Committee issues Annual Report
The Advisory Committee’s quarterly meeting slated for September 9, 2020 was canceled due to wildfires, but they still managed to issue the FY 2019-2020 Annual Report.
The 20-page report covers the Veteran Landscape, Core Operations, Key Accomplishments, Partnerships, Return on Investment of Federal Veteran Benefits and Strategic Planning for the future.
The following excerpt from the cover letter calls out some of the challenges and accomplishments by the Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs for FY 2019-2020.
“While maintaining core internal operations and existing programs, FY 20 was marked by the creation of new programs funded by Measure 96 Lottery Funding and meeting veterans’ needs as they confronted the unprecedented world heath crisis caused by COVID-19 and budget reductions. Sadly, our Lebanon Veterans’ Home was the first state veterans’ home in the nation to experience COVID-19. Through the
hard work and dedication of staff at the homes and at ODVA the infection and transmission rates at our two veterans’ homes was lower than that experienced by other skilled nursing facilities, and both facilities have been COVID-free since early April 2020. We were also able to share lessons learned with state veterans’ homes across the country as they confronted the virus. The ODVA home loan program
was one of the first home lenders to offer financial relief to borrowers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. ODVA staff have developed innovative approaches to remotely providing claims assistance to veterans and training to county and tribal veteran services officers. Finally, to help connect veterans affected by COVID-19, ODVA created a Veterans Resource Navigator, a comprehensive
online resource benefit guide. As a network of veterans helping veterans, we are privileged to play a role in caring for those who served in the military and their families. Although much has changed since our founding in 1945, our commitment to those who served and sacrificed for our state and nation has never wavered. The work we have accomplished this past year and throughout our history is important, but it is also more critical than ever. “
If you would like to read or download a copy of the report, click here.