Oregon State Veteran's Benefits Apr 30, 2007 10:38:15 GMT -5
Post by RHMorgan on Apr 30, 2007 10:38:15 GMT -5
Oregon State Veteran's Benefits
The state of Oregon provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.
• Housing Benefits
• Financial Assistance Benefits
• Employment Benefits
• Education Benefits
• Other State Veteran Benefits
Oregon Veteran Housing Programs
Oregon Veterans’ Home Loans
A home loan program for honorably discharged veterans with below market interest rates. The eligibility for the program expires 30 years after discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. ODVA also offers home improvement loans. Toll free information number 1-800-828-8801.
Learn more about Oregon Veterans’ Home Loans:
Oregon Veterans’ Home
Known as "The place where honor lives." the Oregon Veterans' Home is a skilled nursing care facility for Oregon veterans, their spouses or surviving spouses, and parents all of whose children died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Toll free information number 1-800-846-8460.
Learn more about the Oregon Veterans’ Home:
Oregon Property Tax Exemption
If you are a 40% or more service-connected disabled veteran, you may be entitled to exempt a portion of your homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. The exemption is also available to a war veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried.
Learn more about the Oregon Property Tax Exemption:
Oregon Financial Assistance Programs
Oregon Conservatorship Program
Financial management program for certain veterans their dependents and survivors. Managing the financial affairs of these protected persons helps meet their current and future needs.
Learn more about the Conservatorship Program:
Oregon Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program (OVEFAP)
This program is for veterans and their immediate families who are in need of emergency financial assistance.
Learn more about the Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program:
Oregon Veteran Employment Programs
Oregon Veterans' Employment Preference
Veterans preference in public employment. Additional preference for disabled veterans. Preference points are awarded to eligible veterans seeking employment with all state agencies, and are awarded as follows:
• A five (5) point preference for eligible veterans.
o Application is made within 15 years of discharge or release from
service in the Armed Forces
• A ten (10) point preference for service-connected disabled Veterans.
o Application is made throughout the lifetime of the disabled veteran.
Learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Employment Preference:
Oregon Veterans' Reemployment Rights
Oregon Veterans' are entitled to their old job, seniority, and pay with accrued status upon release of service. 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.
Learn more about Oregon Veterans' Reemployment Rights:
Oregon Education Assistance Programs
Oregon Educational Aid
A program to assist veterans with educational pursuits including vocational training. The program pays $150 per month directly to qualifying veterans.
Learn more about Educational Aid:
High School Diploma
A school district may issue diplomas under ORS 332.114 to veterans who did not graduate from a high school because they were serving in the Armed Forces.
Learn more at the Oregon Department of Education:
Other Oregon State Veteran Benefits
Oregon Hunting and Fishing Licenses
A free lifetime Oregon hunting and angling license to service-connected disabled veterans rated 25% or more. Disabled veterans are also eligible for an Oregon Elk tag at a reduced cost. Active members of the armed forces or veterans who retired from the Armed Forces within 12 months of the date of application, may apply to the Oregon Military Department for reimbursement for the cost of a resident annual hunting and angling license.
Download the Department of Fish and Wildlife Application:
Oregon State Park Use Permits
Service-connected disabled Veterans and active duty military personnel on leave have free day-use parking and free overnight rental of RV and tent campsites for up to five consecutive days and no more than 10 days total in a calendar month.
Read more details and download the application:
Oregon Veteran License Plates
Veterans may purchase a license plate set displaying the word VETERAN for a $10 surcharge in addition to normal fees from a local Oregon Division of Motor Vehicles office. The $10 surcharge goes to the support of the Oregon Veterans´ Home. Proof of honorable military service is required. Former POWs, members of the active Oregon National Guard and certain veteran service organization names are available on license plates.
Service-connected disabled veterans qualify for a one time registration fee for motor vehicle registration. These plates do not allow parking in designated disabled parking spaces.
View all Oregon Veteran License Plates: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/vehicle/platevet.shtml
Oregon Public Records
Certified copies of Oregon marriage, death, divorce, and birth records for VA claims purposes are provided free of charge. Also note that county clerks will record veterans' discharge papers (DD Form 214) and provide copies of recorded documents free of charge.
Recover lost military records from the National Archives website: