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Hunting and Fishing Licenses (Permanent Combination License)

A free hunting and angling license for disabled war veterans rated at 25% or more with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran must be an Oregon resident for at least six months. Application requires proof in the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must state the veterans service-connected disability percentage. Call 1-800-827-1000 to order your letter. The letter should be submitted with the

Department of Fish and Wildlife Application

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 3406 Cherry Ave. NE Salem, OR 97303

(503) 947-6101

Oregon Revised Statutes 497.102 and 497.121

Disabilities Permit for Hunting and Fishing

The "Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit" is available to disabled veterans rated at 65% or more with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The disabilities permit is not a license or tag. Veterans must also obtain a Permanent Combination License. Application requires proof in the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must state the veterans service-connected disability percentage. Call 1-800-827-1000 to order your letter. The letter should be submitted with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Application

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 3406 Cherry Ave. NE Salem, OR 97303

(503) 947-6101 Oregon Revised Statutes 496.018

Home Loan Program for Oregon Veterans

ODVA offers a state veterans' home loan that is an additional and distinctively separate benefit from the USDVA (Federal VA) Home Loan Guaranty Program. The maximum loan amount for honorably discharged veterans is presently $417,000 (effective January 2, 2006). In some cases we can loan up to 100 percent of the appraised property value. Interest rates generally run about one percent below market — call to get a rate quote. All loans are made at fixed rates and veterans may choose up to a maximum loan term of 30 years.

Download and Complete the Eligibility Form

Current Home Loan Interest Rate

Find a Local Lender or Mortgage Broker

1-888-ORE-VETS

Home Improvement Loans

Available with no loan fee. Minimal costs include escrow closing and title fees. The Department must be the first lien holder on all loans issued. Terms, conditions, and eligible improvements relating to the Home Improvement Loan are contained in ORS 406 and 407.

Learn more about Home Improvement Loans

Veterans' Preference Points on Civil Service Examinations

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 www.oregonjobs.org. Federal job opportunities are listed on www.usajobs.gov. An Oregon veteran must provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these additional preference points. Preference points are awarded to eligible veterans with additional preference for disabled veterans seeking employment with all state agencies, and are awarded as follows:

A five (5) point preference for eligible Veterans.

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.

Application is made throughout the lifetime of the disabled veteran.

Learn more about Oregon Veterans'

Preference Points on Civil Service Examinations

Oregon Veterans' Employment

Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans´ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) assist Veterans' in applying for federal, state and local government employment. The State of Oregon offers an array of services for employment assistance for eligible veterans, including: job search workshops, resume/application assistance, referrals to jobs, training, apprenticeships, vocational guidance, tax credit eligibility determination, job development, and more.

Locate an Oregon Veterans' Employment Representative

Oregon Veterans' Employment 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.

Learn more about the law and access information about specific and general discriminatory practices

Oregon Veterans' Education Aid

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.

Learn more about Education Benefits for Veterans

Find Approved Programs and Exams Approved Education & Job Training Programs Approved License and Certifications Programs

Emergency Financial Assistance Program

This program is for Oregon veterans and their immediate family (spouse, child, or stepchild) who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Assistance needs includes, but are not limited to:

Emergency or temporary housing and related housing expenses, such as expenses for utilities, insurance, house repairs, rent assistance or food;

Emergency medical or dental expenses;

Emergency transportation;

Expenses related to starting a business, such as business licenses or occupational licenses;

Temporary income after military discharge; and

Legal assistance.

Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Veteran and Armed Forces Recognition License Plates

Service-connected disabled veterans qualify for a one time registration fee for motor vehicle registration. Issued to honorably-discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Application requires proof in the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Call 1-800-827-1000 to order your letter. The letter should be submitted with the Oregon License Plate Application for Service-connected disabled veterans.

ORS 805.100

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.

View All Veteran and Armed Forces License Plates

Property Tax Exemption for Disabled War Veteran or Surviving Spouse

If you are a 40% or more disabled war veteran, you may be entitled to exempt a portion of your homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. If you are a disabled war veteran or the surviving spouse of a war veteran, you may be entitled to exempt $15,450 or $18,540 of your homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. The exemption amount increases by 3 percent each year.

Learn More and Download the Information Sheet.

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. The 151-bed long-term care facility provides skilled nursing, Alzheimers and other dementia, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. The Oregon Veterans´ Home is a Medicare and Medicaid certified facility. Toll free information number 1-800-846-8460.

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Home

Oregon Conservatorship Program

Estate and financial management program for certain veterans, dependents and survivors. Managing the financial affairs of these protected persons helps meet their current and future needs. Most of our clients have disabilities such as schizophrenia, head injury, and Alzheimer's disease that can negatively affect judgement and reasoning abilities. They are also easy targets for unscrupulous people who take advantage of them financially.

Learn more about the Conservatorship program

Veteran and U.S. Armed Forces Service Records

Help in obtaining free certified copies of public records marriage, death, divorce, and birth records for VA claims purposes. Also note that county clerks will record veterans' discharge papers (DD Form 214) and provide copies of recorded documents free of charge to veterans and next of kin.

More information about Requesting Military and Veterans' Records

Oregon State Park Use Permits

Service-connected disabled veterans and U.S. Armed Forces active-duty 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.

Learn More and Download the Application Form

Oregon Veterans' 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 a war with the U.S. Armed Forces. Diplomas can also be issued to a representative of a deceased veteran.

Learn more through the Oregon Department of Education

Agent Orange

Toll free information number 1-800-692-9666.

Suvivors' Benefits

Surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service.

VA Benefits for Surviving Spouses

Education Benefits

Spouses and children of 100% rated service-connected disabled veterans along with spouses and children of veterans who died while on active duty may qualify for college or vocational education benefits.

Educational Assistance for Survivors' and Dependents' Program (DEA) - Chapter 35

1-888-442-4551

www.gibill.va.gov

Learn More and Contact your Veterans Service Officer

Aid and Attendance

Additional benefits to dependents requiring nursing home care or special care at home.

Burial Benefits

A burial allowance (if receiving or entitled to receive federal DVA benefits at time of death), burial flag, grave marker and, if desired, burial in a national cemetary. A spouse and dependent children are eligible for national cemetary burial.

Burial Benefits

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (Survivor Benefits)

Payable to the surviving spouse, children and dependent parents when the veteran died while on active duty or from an injury or illness which occurred in the U.S. Armed Forces. The VA adjusts monthly payments subject to certain factors.

Death Pension (non service-connected related death) Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. Payable to the surviving spouse and children of wartime veterans on a needs basis. Monthly amounts paid to surviving family members vary depending upon annual income.

Employment Preference

Preference for surviving spouses of service-disabled veterans in federal employment. These include, an unmarried spouse of certain deceased veterans, a spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability, and a mother of a veteran who died in service or who is permanently and totally disabled.

www.usajobs.gov

Home Loans

Federal Loans to surviving spouses and children of veterans who died while on active duty, died of service-connected disabilities, or are rated 100% disabled.

Insurance Claims

Government life insurance. Mortgage insurance benefits for borrowers under the state veterans' loan program.

Property Tax Exemption

Exemption of a portion of the value from property tax for surviving spouses of deceased wartime veterans. Entitled to exempt $15,000 or $18,000 of homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. The exemption amount increases by 3 percent each year.

Download the information sheet or call your County Tax Assessors Office.

Social Security Possible increase in benefits for survivors, due to service credits. Also, supplemental benefits for low-income persons.

Survivors' Medical

Entitlement to medical care for surviving spouses and children of veterans who died of service-connected causes, if the survivors are not eligible for Tricare.

Oregon Veterans Home In addition to providing nursing home care for veterans, the Oregon Veterans Home provides nursing home care for the veteran's spouse/surviving spouse, and certain gold-star parents who are now in need of nursing home and/or Alzheimer's Disease care. The 151-bed long-term care facility provides skilled nursing, Alzheimers and other dementia, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. The Oregon Veterans´ Home is a Medicare and Medicaid certified facility. Toll free information number 1-800-846-8460.

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans' Home

Public Records

Help in obtaining copies of records necessary for veterans' benefits claims.

Pasted from <http://www.odva.state.or.us/ODVA/statebenefits.shtml>

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