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2014 Oregon Veterans Day Events

SALEM – Communities throughout Oregon will once again host ceremonies, parades, and special gatherings to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate Veterans Day. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of that war. A Congressional resolution in 1926 made Nov. 11th an annual observance and in
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SALEM — Oregon military veterans who reside in highly rural areas will have improved access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and services thanks to a $400,000 grant that has been designated to expand transportation services for veterans in eight counties. The VA and the White House Rural Council have announced a national
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Department of Veterans Affairs Partners With Walgreens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will join forces with retailer Walgreens to provide greater access to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccinations to Veterans across the country. This partnership grew out of a successful pilot program that began in Florida to provide
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Request for Applications: ODVA Advisory Committee

September 29, 2014 Dear Oregon Veteran Community and Partners: For the first time in the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) nearly 70 year history, our state is striving to serve veterans spanning four generations and five major wars. The core services that the agency provides and coordinates result in vital state and federal benefits
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Oregon Veterans’ Home Earns Top Distinction for Excellence in Quality Care

              THE DALLES, Ore. – The Oregon Veterans’ Home, located in The Dalles, has been recognized as the first and only state veterans’ home nationally to ever earn the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession. The award is one
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VA Fights Against Veteran Identity Theft

VA Launches new identity theft website and toll-free help line   WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has launched a new campaign to educate Veterans about identity theft prevention. The new campaign, titled More Than a Number, references the personally identifiable information that VA encourages Veterans to protect. “We
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VA Announces $8 Million in Grants for New Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans

                    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of up to $8 million in grant funding to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces; adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or
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New Regulations Automate Burial Payments for Veterans’ Survivors

WASHINGTON – New burial regulations effective today will now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to automatically pay  the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently, without the need for a written application. Under former regulations, VA paid burial benefits on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors
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ODVA Now Accepting Donations Online

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting online donations to support four funds aimed at improving programs and supporting efforts that benefit Oregon veterans. One of the funds, the Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Fund, was established in 2013 when the Oregon Legislature passed SB 762 creating a public information
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Former Proctor & Gamble Chief Executive Robert A. McDonald to be Nominated as Next SVA

By Sloan D. Gibson, Acting Secretary of VA Today, after a careful search, President Obama announced his intention to nominate former Proctor & Gamble (P&G) chief executive Robert A. McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.   I have been close friends with Bob McDonald for over 40 years; I welcome his nomination with
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