June 6, 2019

D-Day Paratrooper: ‘It Was Not My Aim To Be a Hero’

Seventy-five years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. This famous photograph, known as “Into the Jaws […]
May 21, 2019

Memorial Day reminds us of our highest ideals — and the price we must sometimes pay for them

Memorial Day 2019 Message from ODVA Directory Kelly Fitzpatrick Every year, I’m struck by the powerful — and often, opposing — emotions that Memorial Day stirs. […]
February 6, 2019

State seeking volunteers to help aging veterans connect with earned benefits

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is seeking volunteers to work with veterans in Clackamas, Deschutes and Polk counties who may not be aware of the […]
November 9, 2018

“We stand today, in their debt.” 2018 Veterans Day Message

On Nov. 11, 1918, the U.S. State Department sent a very simple and short five word telegram. It read: “The armistice has been signed.” The signing marked the formal end of hostilities of World War I.
September 20, 2018

National Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Removing the Stigma for Veterans

Every three days, an Oregon veteran takes his or her life.
May 24, 2018

“Thank you. We will never forget you.” 2018 Memorial Day Message

March 29, 2018

Though wounds still linger, Vietnam veterans have earned our nation’s honor and gratitude

Forty-five years ago today, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam.
November 9, 2017

“A common cadence to serve and honor Oregon’s veterans” 2017 Veterans Day Message

July 11, 2017

2017 Legislative Session Highlights