Oregon Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Oregon Military and Veterans Benefits: Oregon offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, Oregon Parks and Recreation 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.

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), County Veteran Services Offices: ODVA has local County Veteran Services Offices that are trained to assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans’ benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
ODVA, Veteran Services Offices Directory

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Oregon Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Oregon Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: Retired Service members can subtract military retired pay earned for service prior to 1 October 1991 from their Oregon income taxes. Any military retired pay earned on 1 October 1991 or after may not be subtracted.

If service included months before and after 1 October 1991, retired Service members can subtract a percentage of their pension income. To determine the percentage, divide the months of service before 1 October 1991, by the total months of service. Percentages must be rounded to three places (example: 0.4576 = 45.8%).

Once a Service member retires, withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account, they are eligible for the subtraction based on dates of service. Withdrawals prior to retirement are not eligible for a subtraction. If the taxpayer moves money from a TSP to another type of account, the account is no longer a federal pension and future withdrawals are not eligible for the subtraction.

For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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Oregon Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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Oregon State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Oregon State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Oregon State Tax Benefits: The Surviving Spouse of a deceased Service member can subtract SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP annuities for service prior to 1 3 people walking in a veteran cemteryOctober 1991 from their Oregon income taxes. Any annuities earned for service after 1 October 1991 may not be subtracted.

If service included months before and after 1 October 1991, Surviving Spouses can subtract a percentage of their pension income. To determine the percentage, divide the months of service before 1 October 1991, by the total months of service. Percentages must be rounded to three places (example: 0.4576 = 45.8%).

For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Oregon State Tax Benefits

Oregon Military Pay Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Subtractions: Oregon offers the following adjusted gross income (AGI) subtractions for resident Service members:

  • Military pay earned by resident Service members stationed outside Oregon is not taxed.

  • Military pay earned by National Guard and Reserve Service members assigned away from home for 21 days or more is not taxed

  • Any remaining taxable military income after taking the above subtractions is eligible for up to a $6,000 subtraction.

Military pay or allowances not included in federal AGI is not taxed by Oregon.

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Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Oregon Homestead Property Tax Exemptions: Oregon offers property tax exemptions of $24,071 or $28,886 for disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouse (or registered domestic partner) on their homestead’s assessed value for property taxes. Veterans and their Surviving Spouse (or disabled vet in a wheelchairregistered domestic partner) must own and live at their homestead property to be eligible.
Who is eligible for the Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Oregon Homestead Property Tax Exemptions? To be eligible Veterans must be a U.S. citizen who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and
were discharged or released under honorable conditions and meet the one of the following requirements:

  • Served at least 91 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955

  • Served at least 179 consecutive days beginning after January 31, 1955

  • Served less 179 days and was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability

  • Served for 178 days or less and has a disability rating from the VA

  • Served at least one day in a combat zone

  • Received a combat/ campaign ribbon or expeditionary medal

  • Receiving a nonservice-connected pension from the VA.

Veterans must also meet the one of the following requirements to be eligible for the $24,071 exemption:

  • Have a 40% or more disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is certified each year by a licensed physician as being 40% or more disabled, these Veteran’s total gross income cannot be more than 185% of the annual Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse (or registered domestic partner) of an eligible deceased Veteran.

To qualify for a $28,886 exemption Veterans must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have a 40% or more service-connected­­ disability rating from the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse (or registered domestic partner) of a Veteran that died due to a service-connected injury or illness, or the Veteran received at least one year of the maximum exemption allowed.

Applications must be filed with the local county assessor on or before 1 April, to claim a property tax exemption for the following tax year which begins 1 July. Applications must be filed within 30 days for properties acquired after 1 March but before 1 July.
Oregon Property Tax Assessor Directory
Oregon Veteran or Surviving Spouse Exemption Claim Form

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA): ONGSTA provides funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges, public universities, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), eligible post-secondary private institutions and certificate programs for current Oregon National Guard Service members. The program will provide funding for in-state resident tuition rates for Oregon’s community colleges (up to 90 quarter credits), public universities, and OHSU (up to 180 quarter credits) and eligible private post-secondary institutions (up to 180 quarter credits or 120 semester credits). Tuition is funded up to the average of the in-state resident tuition rate at the seven Oregon public universities. ONGSTA also provides a book allowance up to $1,000 per academic year.

ONGSTA is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used. Calculations for ONGSTA tuition assistance will only be after Department of Defense funded Federal Tuition Assistance is applied.
Who is eligible for ONGSTA? To be eligible Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed basic training

  • Current passing Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) score

  • In good standing with their unit

  • Currently drilling

  • Do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Not in default of any federal loans

  • Service members must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.

For more information, please call 503-689-2976 or email ONGSTA@hecc.oregon.gov.

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Oregon Instate Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans: An Oregon community college or public university will charge the resident tuition rate for Veterans that meets the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an Honorable or General Under Honorable Conditions discharge

  • Established physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of being enrolled at the public university or community college.

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Resident Tuition Rates for Nonresident Service Members and their Dependents Stationed in Oregon: Nonresident Service members and their dependents stationed in Oregon are charged resident tuition rates at Oregon community colleges and public universities.

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Resident Tuition Rates When Using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits or Fry Scholarship: Any Veteran using VA educational benefits, anyone using transferred VA educational Benefits or using the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, that lives in Oregon while attending an Oregon institution of higher learning, regardless of state of formal residence, are charged resident tuition rates.

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Oregon Veterans Dependent Tuition Program: This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) at an Oregon public university or college for a bachelor's or master's degree for the Children and Spouse of certain Veterans. The waiver is for the total number of attempted credit hours equal to four years of full-time attendance graduate in cap and gownfor a bachelor’s degree, or the total number of attempted credit hours equal to two years of full-time attendance for a master’s degree.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Veterans Dependent Tuition Program? For the Children or Spouse to be eligible the Veteran must have received an Honorable or General, Under Honorable Conditions discharge and meet the following requirements:

  • Received a Purple Heart in 2001 or after (Child only)

  • Died while serving on active duty

  • Has a 100% service-connected disability from the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or died as a result of a service-connected disability.

Child or Spouse Eligibility:

  • Child, including adopted Child or stepchild, 23 years old or less

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran that meets eligibility requirements.

For more information students should contact the admission office at the school they plan to attend.
Oregon Public University Directory

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Voyager Tuition Assistance Program for Oregon Resident Reserve Component Service Members: The Oregon Voyager Assistance Program Voyager is offered to Oregon resident Service members that served on active duty in the Oregon National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves in a combat zone on or after September 11, 2001.

Voyager is a "last dollar award," meaning it pays after all other federal military education benefits are used. The typical maximum length of the award is four years for undergraduate programs (a fifth year may be approved under certain programs). This benefit is only available to those seeking their initial bachelor’s degree, and it carries a maximum credit limit of 15 course credits beyond the minimum needed for degree completion.

The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses. This benefit is not transferable to a Veteran’s Spouse or dependents. For more information students should contact the admission office at the school they plan to attend.
Oregon Public University Directory

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Darlene Hooley Scholarship for Oregon Resident Reserve Component Service Members: The Darlene Hooley Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for up to $3000 per academic year. The funds awarded are to support students while enrolled at an Oregon public university.
Who is eligible for the Darlene Hooley Scholarship for Oregon Resident Reserve Component Service Members? To be eligible for the Darlene Hooley Scholarship students must meet the following requirements:

  • Oregon resident currently serving or previously served in the Oregon National Guard or in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves after September 11, 2001, and if discharged received an honorable discharge

  • Must have been deployed overseas in support of the Global War on Terrorism

  • Enrolled in an Oregon public university

  • Must be enrolled at least half time.

For more information, please call 541-687-7422 or 800-452-8807 x 7422
Oregon Colleges Universities and Programs Directory
Darlene Hooley Scholarship for Oregon National Guard and Reserves Application

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Oregon High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans: Oregon resident Veterans that left high School before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces can request a high school diploma. Veterans can request a diploma from the school district where they live now or the school district they would have graduated from. Diplomas may be awarded posthumously. ORS 332.114
Who is eligible for Oregon High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans? Veterans that received an honorable discharge after one of the following periods of service:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during:

    • World War II

    • Korean War

    • Vietnam War

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces 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)

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces in an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the U.S.

Oregon School Directory

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Children sitting on the steps of a schoolInterstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Points of Contact
Phone:  503-947-5651 / 5637

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Oregon Veterans Preference Points for State Employment: Oregon is required by law to provide Veterans’ hiring preference for state employment to eligible Veterans. Soldiers on the battlefieldPreference is also given to Veterans that are state employees for promotion to a civil service position with a higher maximum salary.

For hiring and promotions, applicants must meet requirements for the position, pass any initial screening requirements and pass any required examinations. Preference is given by adding points to a Veterans score. Veterans receive five preference points; disabled Veterans receive 10 points added to their score.

For positions that do not have a numerical scoring system for hiring, eligible Veterans must be given special consideration in the employer’s hiring decision.

Veterans that are not hired can request in writing the reason they were not selected for the position.
Who is eligible for Oregon Veterans Preference Points for State Employment? Veterans that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955, or

  • Served more than 178 consecutive days, or less than 178 days and has a service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Served at least one day in a combat zone, or

  • Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or ​

  • Receives a non-service-connected disability pension from the VA.​​

To qualify as a disabled Veteran applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for a service-connected injury or illness, or

  • Has a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Was awarded the Purple Heart.

Oregon Veterans Preference in Public Employment Eligibility Information ORS 408.225

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214/ DD215 indicating character of discharge, disabled Veterans must also provide a letter from the VA as proof of their disability or that they are receiving a non-service-connected disability pension.

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. father and daughter huggingUSERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Paid leave for Oregon State Employees for Military Training: Oregon State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized 15 days of paid military leave each year for required military duty.
Who is eligible for Paid leave for Oregon State Employees for Military Training?
Oregon State employees that are Service members in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves are eligible for paid leave for military duty.

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Oregon Military Family Leave Act (OMFLA): OMFLA requires Oregon businesses to provide 14 days of unpaid leave for employees that are the Spouse or domestic partner of certain Service members.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Military Family Leave Act (OMFLA)? Oregon employers that have 25 or more employees must grant leave to employees who work an average of at least 20 hours per and are the Spouse or domestic partner of a reserve component Service member that is called to active duty, or a Service member on leave from active duty.
Oregon Secretary of State, Bureau of Labor and Industries, Employee Leave Laws

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Oregon Unemployment Insurance (UI): Oregon's Employment Department administers the UI program providing temporary assistance to unemployed Oregon workers. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.

Employers pay all costs of the UI program. The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible for is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the 12 months prior to filing the claim. To be eligible workers must meet the following requirements:

UI Applicants can file online using the Oregon Employment Department, Online Claims System or call a UI Claim Line and file with a claims specialist.

UI Claim Line numbers:
Portland Area: 503-224-0405
Salem Area: 503-375-7900
Eastern/Central Oregon/Bend: 541-388-4066
Toll Free: 800-982-8920
Fax: 866-345-1878

UI applicants need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, employers' business names, addresses and phone numbers

  • SF-8 or SF-50 for former government employees

  • DD214 / DD215 for prior military

  • Salary and total income from each employer

  • If not a U.S. citizen, Alien Registration Number and documentation

  • Applicants contact phone number, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time).

Oregon UI Claimant Handbook

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WorkSource Oregon Employment Assistance and Priority of Service for Eligible Veterans and Spouses: WorkSource Oregon (WSO) helps Veterans, Service members that are leaving the U.S. Armed WorkSource OregonForces and eligible Spouses by providing employment training and placement services. This assistance is provided through Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists. LVERs and DVOPs maintain up-to-date information about employment opportunities, programs and services available to Veterans at the federal, state and local levels as well as in the private sector.

Eligible Veterans and Spouses may qualify for priority of service in employment and training services. Priority of service means:

  • Receiving access to a service or resource earlier than those not eligible

  • When services or resources are limited, those eligible receive access before or instead of others.

LVERs engage with local employers to help Veterans find gainful employment. This outreach and engagement strategy includes seminars for employers and job search workshops. LVERs focus on identifying local employment opportunities for Veterans.

DVOP Specialists work directly with Veterans and Spouses to provide enhanced services to help them find competitive employment. DVOPs prioritize services to Veterans and Spouses with Significant Barriers to Employment. DVOPs conduct an eligibility assessment to determine whether the Veteran or Spouse is eligible for enhanced services. WSO staff will refer eligible job seekers to the DVOP for additional customized services.
Who is eligible for WorkSource Oregon Employment Assistance and Priority of Service for Eligible Veterans and Spouses? To be eligible for priority of service Veterans or Spouse must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • Spouse of one of the following:

    • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

    • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability

    • Veteran who died while a disability was in existence

    • Service member that died on active duty

    • Service member that is declared missing in action or a prisoner of war for 90 days or more.

For more information or assistance please contact a WorkSource Oregon Center.
WorkSource Oregon Centers Directory

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Oregon Direct Professional Licensing for Military Experience: Oregon professional licensing agencies and boards accept military training or experience as an allowable substitution for traditional civilian education or experience required for licensure, certification or registration.

For more information Veterans should contact the licensing board for their career field.
Oregon Occupational Licensing Boards Directory

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Oregon Driver Licenses and ID Cards: The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) offers a Veteran designation for driver licenses; instruction permits or ID cards. There is no additional fee for the Veteran designation. Oregon Drivers license with Veteran designation
Who is eligible for Veteran Designation on Oregon Driver Licenses and ID Cards ? Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955, or

  • Served more than 178 consecutive days, or less than 178 days and has a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Served at least one day in a combat zone, or

  • Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or ​

  • Receives a non-service-connected disability pension from the VA.​​

Veterans can add the designation at the time of issue. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214/ DD215 indicating honorable discharge and meet all other Oregon requirements for a driving privilege or ID card.
Oregon DMV Office Directory
Oregon DMV Services Fee Schedule

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Veteran PlateOregon Military and Veteran License Plates: Oregon offers nine distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.

For information on how to apply for Oregon license plates please visit the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, License Plates webpage.
Oregon Department of Transportation, Military and Veteran License Plate Fact Sheet

Oregon Veteran Recognition License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for the Oregon Veteran license plate. A fee of $10 is charged for used vehicles and $20 for new vehicles, in addition to the Standard Passenger Fees. Branch of service insignia or service related medal decals are available for this license plate.

Veterans must complete an Oregon Department of Transportation, Application for Veteran Recognition Plates and provide a copy of their DD214/ DD215. For Veterans that request a branch of service insignia or service related medal decal, their DD214/ DD215 must show their branch of service or that they were awarded the requested medal.

Oregon Disabled Veteran License Plate: Disabled Veterans that received an honorable discharge and have a service-connected disability rating from the VA are eligible for the Oregon Disabled Veteran licenseDisabled Veteran plate plate. This license plate does not grant special parking privileges and has a one-time registration and plate fee of $39.50. Only one set of plates may be issued per qualifying Veteran.

Veterans must complete an Oregon Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran Plates and provide a copy of their DD214/ 215 or a letter from Purple Heart platethe VA indicating they have a service-connected disability.

Oregon Purple Heart License Plate: Purple Heart recipients are eligible for the Oregon Purple Heart license plate. A fee of $10 is charged for used vehicles and $20 for new vehicles, in addition to the Standard Passenger Fees.

Applicants must provide a completed Oregon Department of Transportation, Group Plate Eligibility Certification and one of the following as proof of receipt of the Purple Heart Medal:

  • DD214 / 215 indicating award of the Purple Heart

  • U.S. Department of Defense letter indicating award of the Purple Heart Medal

  • Certificate of the Purple Heart Medal

  • WD AGO/Form 53-55 – Enlisted Record and Report of Separation indicating award of the Purple Heart Medal

  • U.S. Department of Defense Separation Documents (for officers) indicating award of the Purple Heart Medal

  • Purple Heart Life Member Card (Gold in color).

Oregon Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate Family members of a Service member that is killed in the line of duty while serving U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Oregon Gold Star Family licenseGold Star Family Plate plate.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Gold Star Family License Plate? To be eligible an applicant must be the parent, sibling, Spouse, or dependent of a Service member who was killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must complete the Oregon Department of Transportation, Group Plate Eligibility Certification to certify eligibility.Medal of Honor Plate

Oregon Medal of Honor License Plate: Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Oregon Medal of Honor License Plate. Applicants must apply directly through the Division of Motor Vehicle Services.
Division of Motor Vehicle Services Directory

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

TRICARE Reserve Select 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.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Oregon Hunting, Angling and Shellfish License for Disabled Veterans: Oregon resident disabled Veterans are eligible for a free combination license that includes hunting, fishing and shellfish Mule Deer huntinglicenses, Columbia River Basin Endorsement and a $25 elk tag. This license must be renewed every year.
Who is eligible for Free Oregon Hunting, Angling and Shellfish License for Disabled Veterans? Disabled Veterans that have been an Oregon resident for at least 6 months prior to application and have a disability rating of 25% or more are eligible. When applying Veterans must submit a completed application and a letter from the VA or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, showing an overall disability rating of at least 25%. Veterans may apply by mail, fax or in person.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: 503-947-6101
Fax: 503-947-6117

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife , Application for Resident Disabled Veteran Combination and Shellfish License

Learn more about the Free Oregon Hunting, Angling and Shellfish License for Disabled Veterans

Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit: The Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit is not a license or tag but offers additional privileges to accommodate an individual’s disabilities. This permit is valid for five years

Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit offers the following privileges:

  • May fish with the assistance of another person

  • Allowed to fish from an anchored craft in waters where fishing from a floating device is prohibited

  • May fish using an electric powered reel that may be kept in a rod holder when fishing and landing fish

  • May fish during open fishing seasons from the Nehalem Hatchery Barrier Free Fishing Platform on the North Fork Nehalem River

  • May clam dig with the assistance of another person

  • Hunt from a parked motor propelled vehicle (except on any public road)

  • May hunt with the assistance of another person.

Who is eligible for the Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit? Oregon resident disabled Veterans that have a 65% or more disability rating from the VA are eligible. Veterans must provide a letter from the VA or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces as proof of their disability percentage. Applicants should mail their completed application and disability letter to:

ODFW – License Services
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: 503-947-6101
Fax: 503-947-6117

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit Application

Learn more about the Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Service Member and Veteran Benefits: Oregon offers several benefits for Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans, a short description of these benefits is listed below.

Veterans and Service Members Waterfowl Hunt: Only Veterans and Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are serving on federal active duty (other than for training) can hunt waterfowl on 5 February 2022. Hunters must have proof with them when hunting that they are a Veteran or an active duty Service member and must have all usual licenses and validations.

Reduced Price Hunting Licenses for Resident Service Members: Oregon resident Service members can purchase big game and game bird hunting licenses for $17 and may purchase a general season tag after the deadline without a late fee.

Nonresident Service Members Can Purchase Resident Licenses: Nonresident Service members can purchase Oregon hunting, fishing or shellfish licenses for resident prices.

Controlled Deer, Elk and Bear Tags for Service Members on Leave in Oregon: Oregon resident Service members that are stationed outside Oregon and home on leave are eligible for Elk standing in a fieldcontrolled deer, elk and bear tags.

Each Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) District Office is authorized to issue up to 20 controlled deer, elk and bear tags to Service members home on leave during hunting season. To purchase a tag, Service members must provide the following information to the local ODFW District office responsible for issuing the tag:

  • Copy of active duty military ID

  • Copy of current leave papers

  • Valid Oregon resident hunting license.

Tags are issued on a first come, first served basis. Please note, Districts can only issue tags for controlled hunts in their area. Service members should contact the office of the district they’re interested in hunting to determine if tags are available.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife District Office Directory

Learn more about Controlled Deer, Elk and Bear Tags for Service Members on Leave in Oregon

Oregon Parks and Recreation Special Access Pass for Veterans with Disabilities and Refunds for Active Duty Service Members 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, standard horse campsites and free parking at day-use fee parks. This benefit does snow covered mountainnot cover yurts, cabins, special park facilities, $8 reservation fee or charges for a second driven vehicle.

Eligible disabled Veterans can apply for a Special Access Pass that is valid for 10 years to receive their discount at the point of purchase. Eligible Service members on leave must apply for a refund.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Special Access Pass for Veterans with Disabilities and Refunds for Active Duty Service Members on Leave?
U.S. Veterans with a service-connected disability and active duty Service members on leave are eligible.

Veterans with a service-connected disability can apply online at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Online Access Pass Request Form and attach a copy of their VA Benefits Summary Letter to the online form.

Active duty Service members on leave are required to pay up front and then request to be reimbursed within 30 days of their stay. Service members must mail their refund request to:

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

All refund requests must include a receipt for the dates of stay, and a letter from the Service member’s commanding officer, on official letterhead, stating the Service member was on leave when they were camping.

For more information call 1-800-551-6949 or email special.access@oregon.gov.

Learn more about Oregon Parks and Recreation Special Access Pass for Veterans with Disabilities and Refunds for Active Duty Service Members on Leave

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), Home Loan Program: The ODVA offers home loans for Oregon Veterans. Currently, ODVA's home loan program offers eligible Veterans fixed-rate  Housingfinancing for:

  • Owner-occupied, single Family residences

  • Up to the Fannie Mae limit

  • Available for purchase only (no refinancing is available)

  • Up to four home loans maximum lifetime benefit.

Housing Who is eligible for the ODVA, Home Loan Program? Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955, or

  • Served more than 178 consecutive days, or less than 178 days and has a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Served at least one day in a combat zone, or

  • Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or ​

  • Receives a non-service-connected disability pension from the VA.​​

To determine eligibility Veterans must submit a completed ODVA, Veterans' Home Loan Eligibility Form. Completed forms and documentation of receiving an honorable discharge can be mailed, faxed or uploaded through the ODVA Secure Upload link.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs
700 Summer Street. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-373-2393

Learn more about the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, Home Loan Program

Oregon Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program (OVEFAP): The OVEAP provides emergency financial assistance to Veterans and their Family. Assistance is granted one time only and award amounts vary. Applicants must demonstrate they can continue to pay for basic living expenses after the emergency is resolved. All payments will be sent directly to creditors.

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

  • Emergency transportation.

Who is eligible for OVEFAP? Oregon resident Veterans discharged under honorable conditions (and their unremarried Spouse, dependent Child or stepchild) and have an immediate financial need.

The application and required documentation can be submitted through a local County Veteran Service Officer, by mail or by Fax.

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Statewide Veteran Services/OVEFAP
700 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-373-2393

OVEFAP Application
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, County Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) Conservatorship Services: The ODVA Conservatorship Program authorizes the appointing of a conservator for a protected person:

  • Veteran

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Immediate Family members

  • Minor Children

  • Helpless adult Children

  • Dependent parents.

A conservator assumes all responsibility for the financial affairs of the protected person's estate and manages the financial affairs of a protected person by establishing a personal budget that pays for care, personal needs, dependent support, property maintenance, etc. A conservator applies for all benefits the protected person may be eligible for and invests or otherwise conserves unused funds.

ODVA conservators are experts in VA law and regulation and work closely with Family members when planning for the welfare and best interest of the Veteran, their Spouse or dependent.

For more information contact the ODVA:

Phone: 503-373-2085
Toll-free: 800-692-9666
TDD: 503-373-2217

Learn more about the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Conservatorship Services

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), Representative Payee Services for Veterans: The ODVA offers Representative Payee Services for Veterans and their dependents that can act in a limited capacity to pay bills on behalf of their clients. This usually involves paying for housing, utilities, required care expenses and providing allowances for food, transportation, clothing, medications and other expenses.

ODVA Representative Payee Services adhere to the guidelines provided by the VA the Social Security Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Payee duties also may include monitoring personal accounts for resource limitations, providing financial reports and advocating for beneficiaries to maintain, protect and investigate benefits that may be available to them.

In addition, they will work one-on-one with beneficiaries to:

  • Assessing monthly income and expenses

  • Establishing a monthly budget

  • Establishing debt payment plans

  • Providing personal expense money

  • Help prioritize needs vs. wants

  • Establishing financial goals for savings.

For more information, please call the ODVA:

Phone: 503-373-2085
Toll-free: 800-692-9666
TDD: 503-373-2217

Learn more about the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Representative Payee Services for Veterans

Oregon Veterans’ Homes: Oregon has two nursing care facilities that provide care for Oregon Veterans, their Spouses/ Surviving Spouses and the parents of Service members who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Dalles Veterans' Home, located in The Dalles has 151 beds and provides long term-care, Alzheimer's/ dementia-related care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. Dalles Veteran Home

700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541-296-7190 ext. 233

Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home located in Lebanon has 168 beds and provides long term-care, Alzheimer's/ dementia-related care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care.Edward C Allworth Veterans Home

600 North 5th St
Lebanon, Oregon 97355
Phone: 541-570-7477

Who is eligible for care at an Oregon Veterans’ Home? To be eligible for admission to an Oregon Veterans’ Home applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, who was discharged under general or honorable conditions

  • Spouse, or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Gold Star Parent (parent of a Service member that died during wartime combat).

38 U.S. Code 101, Definitions

An applicant must also:

  • Be able to pay the residents' portion of the cost of care, if any

  • Need skilled or intermediate nursing home care as determined by physician and the VA

  • Not require medical care the Veterans’ Home cannot provide

  • Not have violent traits that may be dangerous to the resident, other residents, staff or others.

Oregon Veterans' Homes Application Packet

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Homes

Oregon Military Funeral Honors Program: The Oregon's Military Funeral Honors Program helps to schedule and coordinate military funeral honors for deceased Veterans.

These ceremonies are provided free of charge and include, at a minimum, Taps and the folding and presentation of the U.S. Flag. Active Duty Service members and retired Veterans receive additional honors consisting of two or more uniformed Service members, with at least one being a member of Veteran’s branch of service.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Military Funeral Honors Program? Military Funeral Honors are provided for deceased Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired Service members, and Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under honorable conditions. A DD214/ 215, NGB-22, Discharge Certificate or other documentation is required to verify eligibility.

For more information, please contact:

Oregon Military Funeral Honors
Camp Withycombe
10101 Clackamas Road
Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone: 503-683-5265

Learn more about the Oregon Military Funeral Honors Program

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) Special Advocacy: The ODVA provides special advocacy by appointing a specialized coordinator with expertise in the issues facing several minority Veteran populations.

Veteran Minority Population Resources:

For more information, please call 800-692-9666 or 503-373-2085.

Learn more about Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Special Advocacy

Oregon Veterans Day Off for Veterans: Oregon Law requires employers to offer Veteran employees paid or unpaid time off from work on November 11 each year in recognition of their service.

Employees must give notice and proof-of-service documentation (such as a DD214), to their employer at least 21 days prior to Veterans Day. Employers must respond to requests at least 14 days prior to the holiday. Whether the time off is paid or unpaid is at the discretion of the employer.

Employers may deny a Veteran’s request only if they can demonstrate that granting it would cause a significant economic or operational disruption or an undue hardship to the company. In those circumstances, the employer must allow the Veteran a single day off before the following Veterans Day. That day off must be in addition to any other time off the employee would otherwise be eligible for.

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans Day Off for Veteran

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oregon

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oregon: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

Eagle Point CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oregon

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Oregon: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Oregon. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Oregon

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA)
700 Summer St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1285
Phone: 800-692-9666 or 503-373-2085
Home Loans: 888-633-8626 or 503-373-2373
Fax: 503-373-2392
Email: orvetsbenefits@odva.state.or.us

ODVA Directory

Learn more about the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Military Installations in Oregon

Please see the Oregon Military Resource Locator for additional information

OR National Guard

National Guard
Oregon Military Department

Oregon National Guard

Oregon Army National Guard

Oregon Air National Guard
173rd Fighter Wing
142nd Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division


Resources

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Oregon

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Oregon Vehicle License Plate Manual

Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, License Plates

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Oregon Employment Department, Veterans Services

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Oregon

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Document Review Date: 30 December 2021