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The Resources below are linked directly to the information site. (Hover over the bold-faced words and click for more information.) These resources are presented here in one place for your information and convenience. You can file a claim yourself or you can make an appointment with SOVO for one of our Veteran’s Services Officers and ask for our free assistance in walking you through the process.
Aging Veterans –Oregon has one of the largest concentrations of aging veterans in the country, with slightly more than half of the veteran population being age 65 or older.
Burial–From burial at Willamette National Cemetery to a Presidential Memorial Certificate, there are many ways our nation honors and remembers its fallen heroes. The federal VA offers free headstones to mark the gravesite of any eligible veteran, or even a cash allowance to help cover the cost of funeral and burial expenses. Click the link to explore more detailed information about the various benefits that are available to ensure every veteran is laid to rest with the honor and dignity they deserve.
Caregivers–A caregiver is someone — often a family member or friend — who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military service member with a disabling physical or mental injury or illness.
Disability Claim – How to file-Filing a claim for disability benefits through the federal VA is actually a legal process. In order to receive benefits and compensation, you must file a claim with the United States proving eligibility through legal, military and medical evidence.
Disability Compensation–Veterans who were injured while serving their country may be eligible for disability compensation from the federal VA. In some cases, the surviving parents or dependents of veterans killed or wounded in the line of duty may also be eligible for compensation. These benefits are tax-free.
E-Benefits–gateway to benefit information run by Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense
Education–benefits and programs for Veterans who wish to further their skills and training
Emergency Assistance–Efforts are growing across the nation to help – rather than criminalize – homeless or justice-involved veterans, as well as those experiencing financial, mental health or other crises.
Employment–A number of state and federal programs are available to help veterans get the most out of their careers – whether you are seeking advancement in your current position or looking for the right place in your first civilian job.
Family, Dependents and Survivors–Additional benefits may be available to you if you are the spouse, dependent or family member of a veteran who died or was seriously in the line of duty.
Healthcare–The federal VA operates a robust and comprehensive health care system for veterans in Oregon, consisting of three full-service Medical Centers and numerous Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
Home Loans–The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and its partners help veterans and their families become home owners. Oregon is one of the few states in the nation with its own Home Loan Program, a separate and distinct program from that offered by the federal VA.
Homeless Veterans–There are an estimated more than 1,300 homeless veterans in Oregon on any given night, and many more who are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal living conditions.
Justice Involved Veterans–Although many federal VA benefits are affected by incarceration, justice-involved veterans may still be eligible for benefits, either at a full or reduced level. If benefits are terminated, they may be reinstated following your release.
LGBTQ Veterans– ODVA’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) veteran coordinator office was created to help LGBTQ veterans and their families learn about and gain access to the full range of their earned benefits.
License Plates–The Oregon DMV offers specialty license plates to veterans, disabled veterans, and qualifying family members.
Long-Term Care–Numerous programs and resources are available to help veterans, as well as their families and caregivers, navigate the challenges of growing older or living with a serious disability. These benefits include skilled nursing and home care, respite care and financial services and representation to those who need it.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST)–refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military.
Oregon Veteran Home Loans–Take advantage of your exclusive veteran benefit and lock in great mortgage rates available only to Oregon veterans.
Pension–Wartime veterans who have limited or no income may be eligible for the non-service-connected disability veterans pension, a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the federal VA. The financially struggling spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans may also be eligible for pension benefits.
Records & Medals–Whether you’re seeking a correction of your military record, a review of your discharge, or obtaining copies of your DD-214 or your medals, read below to find out how to get started.
Recreation–Reduced rates and unique opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreation are available to veterans at state and national parks and on other public lands. Always check for a veteran discount before purchasing a park pass or sporting license.
Special Advocacy–ODVA provides special advocacy in the form of specialized coordinator positions and expertise for several minority veteran populations.
Student Veterans–Get help to navigate the various educational benefits, scholarships and programs you may qualify for.
Taxes–From property tax exemptions to help filing taxes, many resources exist specifically for veterans.
Transportation–The federal VA offers transportation benefits and adaptive programs to help with the unique needs of rural and disabled veterans.
Tribal Veterans–Click the link for more information about tribal veterans and resources that are available for you and your families.
Trauma Information–If you, or a loved on, are struggling with the effects of a trauma such as PTSD, MST or TBI, know that you are not on your own.
Veteran’s Choice Program–The Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care, or any other VA benefit.
Veteran’s Homes–Care at the Oregon Veterans’ Homes is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses and parents who had a child die while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Veteran IDs–You have several options for denoting your veteran status, whether for proud public display or for situations requiring proof of service, such as healthcare or consumer discounts.
Veterans in Crisis–Whether you or a veteran you know is facing a crisis, find out how you can get (and give) help.
Veteran Owned Businesses– Interested in starting or growing your own business? There are many resources across the state that help you in applying for state and federal business certifications, financing, understanding the state and federal procurement process and supporting and connecting veterans to business opportunities in Oregon.
Women Veterans–Oregon is one of only a handful of states to have established a permanent, full-time women veterans coordinator — dedicated to serving the unique needs of women veterans.
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(SOVO) helps bridge the gap between what is available and what is needed to assist in meeting the needs of our veterans and their families. SOVO helps ensure that veterans receive the benefits they are due for their service to our country. Coos County, Oregon has approximately 6000 veterans and one County Veterans Service Officer.