State / Territory Benefits - Oregon

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Summary: Oregon offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, Special Access Pass for Veterans with disabilities and Active Military on Leave, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Retired Military Pay: Retired military personnel may be able to subtract some or all of their federal pension income. The subtraction amount is based on the number of months of federal service before and after October 1, 1991. Retirees can subtract their entire federal pension if all the months of federal service occurred before October 1, 1991. If there are no months of service before October 1, 1991, retirees cannot subtract any federal pension. If service included months before and after October 1, 1991, retirees can subtract a percentage of their pension income. For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation:   Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. 

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/ RSFPP: The surviving Spouse of a deceased military Service member may be able to subtract some or all of their federal pension income. The subtraction amount is based on the number of months of federal service before and after October 1, 1991. Spouses can subtract the entire federal pension if all the months of federal service occurred before October 1, 1991. If there are no months of service before October 1, 1991, retirees cannot subtract any federal pension. If service included months before and after October 1, 1991, retirees can subtract a percentage of their pension income.  For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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Military pay subtractions: You may qualify for more than one of the subtractions below if your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) includes military pay. Military pay is: active duty pay, reenlistment bonuses, and pay for guard and reserve annual training, weekend drills, and inactive duty training.

  • Stationed outside Oregon - For military pay earned while stationed anywhere outside Oregon.
  • Guard and reserve away from home - For military pay earned by National Guard members or reservists assigned away from home 21 days or more.
  • Other military pay - For any remaining taxable military pay after taking the above subtractions, up to $6,000.

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Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Property Tax Exemption: Disabled Veterans, the surviving Spouse or registered domestic partner of a Veteran, you may be entitled to exempt $20,763 or $24,917 of the homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. The exemption amount increases by 3 percent each year. The exemption is first applied to the home and then to taxable personal property.
Eligibility:
A disabled  Veteran, 40 percent or more disabled, or the non-remarried surviving Spouse or domestic partner of a Veteran who is officially certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the United States Armed Forces and owns and lives on their homestead property. Click here for the claim form and more details on requirements for this exemption.   

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Education Benefits:

Veteran Education Aid Program (currently suspended through 30 June 2017): Educational benefits for Oregon Veterans to pursue an approved course of study or professional training in or in connection with any accredited state or other public school or accredited private school or accredited college. Benefits are paid for as many months as the Veteran spent in active service, up to a maximum of 36 months. Eligible Veterans are entitled to receive up to $150 per month. Application for Oregon Veterans Educational Aid Form (1005-ME)
Eligibility:

  1. Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for not less than 90 days; and
  2. Released from military service under honorable conditions; and
  3. Is a resident of Oregon when applying for State Educational Aid; and
  4. Is a citizen of the United States; and
  5. Served during the Korean War (June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955) or after June 30, 1958. Eligibility Form (1004-ME)

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Instate Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans: A public university listed in ORS 352.002 or community college shall charge an enrolled student who is not a resident of this state, and who is attending classes as an undergraduate or graduate on a public university or community college campus in this state, tuition and fees no greater than the resident rate if the student:

  • Served in the armed forces of the United States; and
  • Was relieved or discharged from that service with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions; and
  • Undergraduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2013, or graduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2014, and
  • Provides proof that the student has established a physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of being enrolled at the public university or community college.

In addition, HB2158 made the following changes to ORS 352.375-Tuition for nonresident students who served in Armed Forces:

  • Added General "Under Honorable Conditions" to the category of discharges allowed for the Veteran Status.
  • After September 15, 2013 allows newly enrolled Veteran to a community college or university to be billed in state tuition and fees provided they prove physical presence in Oregon within one year of enrolling.

To apply for this benefit complete the Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form and provide all supporting documents in person to the VA Certifying Officials.

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Veterans Dependent Tuition Program: This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) for a bachelor's or master's degree for a Child or Spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty. Or the student must be a Child (including adopted Child or Stepchild) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat. This program does not apply to nonresidents students or study abroad programs.

Complete the Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver application form and submit it to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials no later than 14 days before the applying term. Upon verification that all criteria have been met, the approved application will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for processing. Student's only need to apply once for this program.

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VOYAGER Aid Program for Oregon National Guard and Reserve: Voyager is a financial aid benefit that is available to honor and support Oregon residents who served the nation as members of the National Guard or Reserves in an active duty capacity in a combat zone since September 11, 2001. Voyager is a "last dollar award". Qualifying students will be awarded a fee remission for no more than the difference between campus tuition and mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits. The student is responsible for obtaining federal military tuition benefits. If a student is not eligible for federal tuition benefits, they must demonstrate proof of ineligibility. The combination of military tuition benefits and Voyager tuition benefits will ensure that eligible recipients do not pay tuition. The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses.

Complete the Voyager Tuition Assistance Program application form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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High School Diploma: Under ORS 332.114, Veterans may request either the school district where they live now or the school district where they would have graduated from to issue a high school diploma. Diplomas can also be issued to a representative of a deceased Veteran.
Eligibility: A Veteran is eligible to receive a high school diploma if they meet the following criteria:

  • Attended a high school before serving in the Armed Forces
  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. at any time during:
    • World War II;
    • Korean War;
    • Vietnam War; or
  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. and was physically present in:
    • Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada);
    • Operation Just Cause (Panama);
    • Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War);
    • Operation Restore Hope (Somalia);
    • Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan);
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq); or
  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. in an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the United States.
  • Discharged or released under honorable conditions.

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Employment Benefits:

Oregon Veterans Preference Points: All State of Oregon agencies apply Veteran Preference Points in accordance with ORS 408.230 and 408.235. Veterans seeking employment should use the State of Oregon jobs homepage located at http://www.oregon.gov/jobs/. Veterans and disabled Veterans may obtain preference for state employment by submitting with their application, a DD214 or 215 or letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) indicating service-connected disability rating. Veterans who provide this information will receive a 5-point Veteran preference. Disabled Veterans receive a 10-point preference for employment.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Federal job opportunities are listed on https://www.usajobs.gov/.

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Veterans Reemployment Rights: Enforced by the United States Department of Labor, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). USERRA protects all members of the uniformed services from discrimination in employment regardless of whether their uniformed service was in the past, present or future.
Eligibility:
Any Service member - active duty, active duty for training, inactive duty training (such as drills), initial active duty training, and funeral honors duty performed by National Guard and Reserve Members, as well as the period for which a person is absent from a position of employment for the purpose of an examination to determine fitness to perform any such duty - who performed duty, voluntarily or involuntarily, recently separated Veterans and Veterans who served on active duty during wartime.

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Paid leave for Military Training: State employees receive 15 calendar days of military leave each training year.
Eligibility:
National Guard or Reserve Service member.

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Oregon Military Family Leave Act (OMFLA): OMFLA provides 14 days of unpaid leave per deployment due to a Spouse or domestic partner being called to or on leave from active military duty.
Eligibility: OMFLA requires covered employers to grant leave to employees who have worked an average of at least 20 hours per week. Any employer already covered by the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) is covered by the Oregon Military Family Leave Act. Generally speaking, any employer with 25 or more employees in Oregon is covered.

During a period of military conflict, an employee who is a Spouse or domestic partner of a member of: 

  • the Armed Forces of the United States,
  • the National Guard, or
  • the military reserve forces, who has been notified of:
    • an impending call or order to active duty, or
    • impending leave from deployment

is entitled to a total of 14 days of unpaid leave per deployment before deployment and/or during leave from deployment.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: Oregon's Employment Department administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed Oregon workers. Unemployment Insurance benefits replace part of your lost income if you lose your job through no fault of your own. Employers pay all costs of the Unemployment Insurance program.

There are two ways to qualify:

  • You must have earned at least $1,000 in wages from employers subject to UI law AND have total base year wages that equal or exceed one and a half times the wages paid in the highest calendar quarter of the base year.

OR

  • If you don't qualify the first way, you may qualify for a valid claim if you have some wages and worked at least 500 hours in employment subject to UI law during the base year.

The base year is the one-year period your claim is based on. Your base year is determined by the date you file your initial claim application, not the date you become unemployed.

Receiving benefits requires actions on your part. Use the Online Claim System or call the nearest Unemployment Insurance Center to file your initial unemployment application. The initial application can only be backdated one week, so don't delay filing your initial application. If you wait two months to see if you can find other work, you will be not be able to claim back weeks. Before filing your claim online, please gather and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, your employers' business names, addresses and phone numbers. (If you worked for a Federal (non-military) employer, you may find this information on an SF-8 or SF-50.)
  • Your salary and total income from each employer.
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your Alien Registration Number and documentation.
  • Phone number where you can be reached during normal business hours (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time).

After your initial application is filed, you must use the Online Claim System or call the Weekly Claim Line to file a weekly claim for each week you wish to receive benefits.

  • Look for work every week. Keep track of where you look for work or the dates you check with your employer or union about work.
  • Keep track of any days that you are sick or away from the area where you live and work.
  • Keep track of any hours you work and the money you earn during each week.
  • If you are offered work, be able to tell us about the job offer: name of the company and person you spoke to, the work offered and details about the job, such as the duties, pay, hours etc.


You will receive benefits provided you meet the eligibility requirements for each week you claim after serving a Waiting Week.

To contact the Unemployment Insurance Call Center, please call a Portland, Bend, or Eugene local area code phone number (503-451-2400, 541-388-6207, or 541-686-7800), or toll free 1-877-File-4-UI (877-345-3484) or email at https://secure.emp.state.or.us/write-us/compose.cfm?id=18.

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Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits:

Permanent Vehicle Registration Fee for Disabled Veterans: (ORS 805.100) One-time registration fee for motor vehicle registration for service-connected disabled Veterans in receipt of compensation. Disabled Veterans must provide proof that the qualifying disability is connected with service in the U.S. Armed Forces. This proof must be in the form of a letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. To request a letter, call VA at 1-800-827-1000. The letter must certify:

  • You are a Service member discharged or released under honorable conditions;
  • The service was for not less than 90 consecutive days (or the discharge or release was based on a service connected injury or illness prior to completion of the minimum period of service), and;
  • The disability is service related.

Submit the letter with the Application for Disabled Veteran License Plates to the DMV.

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Veteran Designation on Oregon Driver Licenses: The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now offers a "VETERAN" designation that can be voluntarily placed on driver licenses. In order to qualify and add the designation to your card, you must:

  • Be a United States Veteran, as defined in ORS 408.225;
  • Request that DMV add the designation at the time of issuance;
  • Provide proof of Veteran status (DD214 or DD215) indicating honorable discharge; and
  • Meet all other Oregon requirements for a driving privilege or identification card including payment of the original, renewal or replacement fee.

Note: There is no additional fee for the Veteran designation.   

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Oregon Veteran Recognition License Plate: Veterans may purchase a license plate set displaying the word VETERAN for a $10 surcharge for two-year registration period and $20 for four-year registration period (new vehicles). Plate may be issued blank or with a branch of service insignia or service medal.
Eligibility:
You must provide your DD214/DD215 showing honorable discharge and complete an Application for Veteran Recognition Plates. If you want a service medal decal on your plate, your DD214/215 must show you were awarded the medal.

Branch of Service Insignias: 

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National Guard License Plate: Issued to active members of the Oregon National Guard. Registration and plate fee when first issued is $110, a renewal fee of $86 and to transfer plates costs $6.
Eligibility: You must provide proof that you are an active member of the Oregon National Guard using an Oregon Military Certificate of Eligibility, AGO Form 4309 (contact your unit commander to obtain this form).

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Disabled Veteran License Plate: Issued to disabled Veterans who have a service-connected disability. Does not, in itself, grant special parking privileges. The one time registration and plate fee for Disabled Veteran Plates is $39 regardless of vehicle type. No additional fees other than regular plate fees or replacement plate fees. Only one set of plates may be issued per qualifying Veteran.
Eligibility:
A disabled Veteran whose disability results from causes connected with service in the Armed Forces of the United States and has been a member of and discharged or released under honorable conditions and whose service was for not less than 90 consecutive days or who was discharged or released on account of a service-connected injury or illness prior to the completion of the minimum period of service. Application for Disabled Veteran Plates

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Ex-POW License Plate: Intended to honor former Prisoners of War. Does not, in itself, grant special parking privileges. No additional fees other than regular plate fees or replacement plate fees (if applicable).
Eligibility:
Must have been a former Prisoner of War to be eligible for POW Plate. Proof of POW status must be provided before plates can be issued. Proof may consist of:

  • A letter from the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, or a
  • Armed Forces Branch of Service verifying POW status; or a
  • Military Medical ID Card showing POW status (a copy is acceptable); or
  • If an ally, proof that the applicant was a POW and that the country was a U.S. ally at the time of the internment

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Purple Heart License Plate: Intended to honor recipients of the Purple Heart Award that were wounded in action. There is a $10.00 fee per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles). Fee goes to Department of Oregon Military Order of Purple Heart.
Eligibility:
Must be wounded-in-action to be eligible for Purple Heart plate. Proof of Purple Heart award must be provided before plates can be issued. Must provide proof of eligibility and certify using the Group Plate Eligibility Certification (Form 735-6940).

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Gold Star Family License Plate: Intended to honor the Families of Veterans killed in the line of duty. $10.00 per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles) with additional fee going to Vietnam Veterans of America, Oregon State Council.
Eligibility:
Must be parent, sibling, Spouse, or dependent of a person who was killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. Must provide proof of eligibility and certify using the Group Plate Eligibility Certification (Form 735-6940).

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Medal of Honor License Plate: Intended to honor Veterans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor.
Eligibility:
Available only to Veterans who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Proof of eligibility is letter from US Department of Veterans' Affairs certifying award of the medal.

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Non-Commission Officers Association License Plate: $10.00 fee per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles) with fees going to NCOA Oregon State Advisory Council Chapter 1300.
Eligibility:
No restrictions.

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Vietnam Veterans of America License Plate: Intended to honor Vietnam Veterans. There is a $10.00 fee per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles).  Fees go to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Oregon State Council chapter 1300.
Eligibility:
No restrictions.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America License Plate: Intended to honor paralyzed Veterans. There is a $10.00 fee per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles).
Eligibility:
No restrictions

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U.S. Army Special Forces Airborne License Plate: Intended to honor Veterans who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces Airborne Division. There is a $10.00 fee per two-year period, $20.00 for four-year registration period (new vehicles).  Fees go to the Oregon Veterans Home Trust.
Eligibility:
Must be an honorably discharged Veteran and Special Forces qualified. Must provide proof of eligibility and certify using the Group Plate Eligibility Certification (Form 735-6940).

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Injury and Death Benefits: State worker's compensation
Eligibility:
National Guard State Active Duty and state military employee.

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing License: A free lifetime Oregon hunting and angling license.
Eligibility:
Disabled Veterans with a service connected disability of 25% or more and be an Oregon resident for at least six months immediately prior to applying for this license. Veteran's Application

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Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit: The Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit is not a license or a tag. You must be in possession of your "Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit", license, and tag while you are hunting (even holders of a Disabled Veteran/Pioneer license and tag). In addition you may only hunt in the time period specified for the tag you possess. Holders of a Disabled Veterans/Pioneer elk tag must also possess an "Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit" to be eligible for an expanded bag limit or to hunt from a parked motor vehicle.
Eligibility:
Available to disabled Veterans rated at 65% or more with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Application requires proof in the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must state the Veteran's service-connected disability percentage. Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit

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Hunt and Fish in Oregon at Resident Rates: All non-resident active Service members may purchase licenses, tags and permits at resident rates beginning Jan 1, 2014. The Oregon State Legislature and Governor Kitzhaber passed and signed House Bill 2252 in 2013, making this change. It applies to active duty and reservists from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, or reservists currently stationed at any base in Oregon, the U.S. or any foreign country; the commissioned corps of NOAA, and Public Health Service of the US Department of Health and Human Services detailed with the Army or Navy of the United States.

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Discounted Licenses for Uniformed Service Members: Beginning in 2016, hunting licenses are half-price ($16) for resident Uniformed Service Members. Non-resident Uniformed Service Members continue to pay resident prices for an annual hunting, angling or shellfish License.

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Special Access Pass for Veterans with Disabilities & Refunds for Active Military on Leave: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) offers free camping (up to 10 nights at a single state park, or a total of 10 nights in a 30 day period regardless of the location) at RV sites, tent campsites, and standard horse campsites and free parking at day-use fee parks. This benefit does not cover yurts, cabins or other special park facilities, nor does it cover the $8 fee to make reservations or the $7 per night charge for a 2nd driven vehicle.
Eligibility:
US Veterans with a service-connected disability and active duty US military on leave

Veterans with a service-connected disability must:

  1. Obtain a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (100 SW Main Street, Floor 2, Portland OR 97204) stating you have a service-connected disability
  2. Fill out this application and send it to us (by mail, or in person). Or, call 1-800-551-6949 for a copy, or help.

Mail or bring the application and a copy of the letter from Veterans Affairs to:

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
ATTN: Veteran's Park Pass
2501 SW 1st Ave. Suite 100
Portland, OR 97201-4751

Active duty military on official leave will not be issued a Special Access Pass. You will need to pay for your stay up front and then get reimbursed. After your visit, send (see address below) in:

  • the camping receipt for the dates of your stay, and
  • a letter from your CO on official letterhead stating you were on leave for the dates you camped.

The refund request must arrive no later than 30 days after departure date of your stay. A refund of your fees will be sent within three weeks of our receipt of your request.

Please mail all applications or refund requests to:

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
ATTN: Veterans Pass Program
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Home Loans: The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ORVET) Home Loan Program is now a lifetime benefit (effective January 2, 2011) for eligible Veterans that provide low-interest home purchase and home improvement loans in accordance with Oregon's Constitution and other applicable laws. The maximum loan amount for Veterans is presently $417,000 for a single Family, owner occupied residence. Interest rates generally run about one percent below market.
Eligibility:
To be eligible a Veteran must have served on active duty with the United States Armed Forces and meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Beginning on or before Jan 31, 1955 served more than 90 days and was discharged or released under honorable conditions; or
  2. Beginning after Jan 31, 1955 served more than 178 consecutive days and was discharged or released under honorable conditions; or
  3. Served 178 days or less and was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions because of a service-connected disability; or
  4. Served 178 days or less and was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions and has a disability rating from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or
  5. Served at least one day in a combat zone and was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions.

Veterans are also eligible if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Received a combat, campaign or expeditionary ribbon or medal for service and was discharged or released under honorable conditions; or
  2. Is receiving a non-service connected pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans: VA provides grants to Service members and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. Two grant programs exist: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. SAH grants can be used in one of the following ways:

  • Construct a specially adapted home on land to be acquired
  • Build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for specially adapted housing
  • Remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for specially adapted housing
  • Apply the grant against the unpaid principal mortgage balance of an adapted home already acquired without the assistance of a VA grant
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SHA grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the disability. You can use SHA grants in one of the following ways:

  • Adapt an existing home the Veteran or a Family member already owns in which the Veteran lives
  • Adapt a home the Veteran or Family member intends to purchase in which the Veteran will live
  • Help a Veteran purchase a home already adapted in which the Veteran will live

The SAH and SHA benefit amount is set by law, but may be adjusted upward annually based on a cost-of-construction index. The maximum dollar amount allowable for SAH grants in fiscal year 2017 is $77,307. The maximum dollar amount allowable for SHA grant in fiscal year 2017 is $15,462. No individual may use the grant benefit more than three times up to the maximum dollar amount allowable.

A temporary grant may be available to SAH/SHA eligible Veterans and Servicemembers who are or will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a Family member. The maximum amount available to adapt a Family member's home for the SAH grant is $33,937 and for the SHA grant is $6,059.
Eligibility:
Service members or Veterans with a permanent and total service-connected disability may be entitled to a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant or a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

To apply for a grant, fill out and submit VA Form 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant. You can access this form by:

  • Applying online via www.ebenefits.va.gov
  • Downloading VA Form 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant and mailing it to your nearest Regional Loan Center
  • Calling VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000 to have a claim form mailed to you
  • Visiting the nearest VA regional office. Find the office nearest you by visiting VA Regional Office Locations or calling VA toll-free at 1-800-827-1000

Need more information or have questions? Contact a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) staff member via email at sahinfo.vbaco@va.gov or by phone at 877-827-3702.

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ODVA Claims and Counseling: The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) continues to help our state's Veterans and their Families to improve the quality of their lives. From helping Veterans to file claims for education, medical or other benefits to assisting them in obtaining earned medals and military awards, ODVA is here to serve you. The wide array of available programs and services are provided by a grateful nation and state.

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Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program (OVEFAP): The Oregon Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program is for Veterans and their immediate Family (Spouse, unremarried surviving Spouse, Child, or Stepchild) who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Assistance is granted one time only and the average award amounts vary.

Emergency financial assistance includes, but is not limited to, emergency or temporary housing and related housing expenses, such as expenses for utilities, insurance, house repairs, rent assistance, emergency medical or dental expenses and emergency transportation. All payments are made directly to payees/creditors. To receive this grant your application must include a workable plan for future sustainability - how you will meet your future monthly living expenses and obligations. Call your local County Veteran Service Office Veterans Service Officer or ODVA at 503-373-2085 to talk to someone about your needs.

OVEFAP Application Form

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Oregon Conservatorship Program: Estate and financial management program for certain Veterans, surviving Spouses, minor Children or helpless adult Children of Veterans, and dependent parents. The professional Trust Officers are dedicated to assisting Oregon Veterans manage their financial affairs and property while helping ease the burdens often associated with paying bills, collecting funds on debts owed by the Veteran, corresponding with creditors, buying or selling real-estate, or other investments. ODVA's Trust Officers are experts in Oregon Laws and Administrative Rules and USDVA law and regulation.

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Oregon's Veteran's Home: Two skilled nursing care facilities are located in The Dalles and Lebanon for Oregon Veterans, their Spouses or surviving Spouses, and parents of Children who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Dalles Veterans' Home offers care for as many as 151 residents who need long term-care facility in a facility that provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer's and other dementia-related care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. The Lebanon Veterans' Home offers space for 154 individuals who require long-term skilled nursing care as well as rehabilitation services, Alzheimer's and dementia care in a true home-like setting with on-going activities and social interaction that decreases social isolation.

 The Dalles Veterans' Home Application Packet

The Dalles Veterans' Home
700 Veterans Dr,
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-7152 or (800)846-8460
Fax: (541) 296-7862

Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon Application Packet
Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon
600 North 5th Street
Lebanon, Oregon 97355
Main: (541) 497-7265
Fax: (541) 497-7268

Eligibility: To be admitted to the home, the applicant must be:

  • A Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), discharged under honorable conditions or
  • The Spouse, or surviving Spouse as defined by the USDVA or
  • Parents who have lost a Child to war-time service
  • Admittance is not limited to Oregon residents

An applicant must also:

  • Be able to pay the resident's portion of the cost of care
  • Be in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care
  • Not require medical care for which the Home is not equipped or staffed to provide
  • Not have violent traits that may prove dangerous to the Veteran, residents of the Home, staff or others. However, this should not be interpreted as to prevent the admission of residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. The facility is equipped and prepared to provide care for common symptoms of these ailments and provide assistance in physician recommended therapies.

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Oregon's Military Funeral Honors Program: Burial benefits include a gravesite in national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag and a Presidential Memorial Certificate at no cost to the Family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Contact 1-800-452-7500 or (503) 249-5158 for additional questions.
Eligibility: Deceased Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members, Military Retirees, and Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under honorable conditions are eligible for Military Funeral Honors. A DD Form 214, NGB-22, Discharge Certificate or other documentation is used to verify eligibility.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Oregon:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Portland: VA Portland Health Care System, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd, 503-220-8262 / 800-949-1004

VA Medical Centers
Roseburg: Roseburg VA Medical Center, 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd, 541-440-1000 / 800-549-8387
White City: Southern Oregon - White City VA Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, 8495 Crater Lake Hwy, 541-826-2111 / 800-809-8725

Outpatient Clinic
Burns: Burns Oregon Outpatient Clinic, 271 N Egan Ave, 541-573-3339 / Fax: 541-573-3366
Eugene: BHRRS - Behavioral Health Recovery and Reintegration Services, 541-440-1000
Newport: Newport CBOC, 1010 SW Coast Hwy, 541-265-4182
The Dalles: Loren R. Kaufman VA Clinic (The Dalles), 704 Veterans Dr, 541-296-3937
West Linn: West Linn CBOC, 1750 SW Blankenship Rd, Suite 300, 503-210-4900

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bend: Bend CBOC, 2650 NE Courtney Dr, 541-647-5200
Boardman: Morrow County VA Telehealth Clinic , 2 Marine Dr, Suite 103, P.O. Box 1059, 541-481-2255 / Fax: 541-481-2304
Brookings: Brookings VA Clinic, 555 - 5th St, 541-412-1152 / Fax: 541-412-1842
Enterprise: Wallowa County Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinics (PCTOC), 401 NE 1st St, 541-426-0219 / Fax: 541-426-0226
Eugene: Eugene Health Care Center, 3555 Chad Ave, 541-607-0897 / Fax: 541-607-7573
Fairview: Fairview Clinic, 1800 NE Market Dr, 503-660-0600
Grants Pass: Grants Pass West VA CBOC, 1877 Williams Hwy, 541-955-5551 / Fax: 541-955-7171
Hillsboro: Hillsboro CBOC, 1925 Amber Glen Pkwy, Suite #300, 503-906-5000 / Fax: 503-906-5194
Klamath Falls: Klamath Falls CBOC, 2225 North El Dorado Blvd, 541-273-6206
La Grande: La Grande Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 202 12th St, 541-963-0627 / Fax: 541-963-2809
Lincoln:  Lincoln City Clinic, 4422 ne Devils Lake Rd, Suite #2, 541-265-4947

North Bend: North Bend CBOC, 2191 Marion St, 541-756-8002 / Fax: 541-756-7503
Portland: Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), 308 SW 1st Ave, 503-808-1256 / 800-949-1004 x51256 / Fax: 503-808-1900
Salem: Salem CBOC, 1750 McGilchrist St SE, Suite 130, 971-304-2200
Warrenton: North Coast CBOC, 91400 N. Neacoxie St, Bldg 7315, 503-220-8262 x52593 / Fax: 503-861-9528

Vet Center
- 877-927-8387
Bend: Central Oregon Vet Center, 1645 NE Forbes Rd, Suite 105, 541-749-2112 / Fax: 541-647-5282
Eugene: Eugene Vet Center, 190 East 11th Ave, 541-465-6918 / Fax: 541-465-6656
Grants Pass: Grants Pass Vet Center, 211 S.E. 10th St, 541-479-6912 / Fax: 541-474-4589
Portland: Portland Vet Center, 1505 NE 122nd Ave, 503-688-5361 / Fax: 503-688-5364
Salem: Salem Vet Center, 2645 Portland Rd NE, Suite 250, 503-362-9911 / Fax: 503-364-2534

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Portland: Portland Regional Benefit Office, First and Main Bldg, 100 SW Main St, Fl 2, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery
Eagle Point: Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Rd, 541-826-2511 / Fax: 541-826-2888
Portland: Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, 503-273-5250 / Fax: 503-273-5251
Roseburg: Roseburg National Cemetery, 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd, 541-677-3152 / Fax: 541-677-3044

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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

Statewide Veteran Services, Salem
700 Summer St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1285
Phone: 503-373-2000 / 800-828-8801
Claims: 800-692-9666
Home Loans: 888-673-8387
Fax: 503-373-2362
TTY: 503-373-2217

Statewide Veteran Services, Portland
100 SW Main St, 2nd Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Benefit Claims: 503-412-4777
Fax: 503-412-4785

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Military Installations in Oregon

Please see the Oregon Resource Locator for additional information

National Guard

Oregon Military Department

Oregon Army National Guard

Oregon Air National Guard

173rd Fighter Wing

142nd Fighter Wing

Resources

http://www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/index.aspx

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=OR&dnum=ALL

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#OREGON

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/plateregular.aspx

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/plateregular.aspx#veteran

http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/jobseekers/Pages/Veterans.aspx

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

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Document Review Date: 11 January 2017