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The Veterans' Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) works to build better lives for military veterans, spouses, and their families living in Oregon. From helping veterans obtain earned medals and military awards to filing claims for education benefits, ODVA helps veterans and their dependents by offering a variety of services.

These include the ORVET Home Loan program, designed to help eligible veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces obtain low interest home loans; Veterans’ Benefits, with the ODVA and most counties providing free benefits counseling and claims
service to veterans, survivors and dependents; state educational assistance to qualifying veterans to attend college, university or vocational school (campaign or expeditionary medal required); the Conservatorship Program, helping veterans, their dependents, and survivors who are legally determined to be “protected persons” under Oregon law, to preserve and manage the veteran’s or dependent’s estate while providing income and assets for shelter, medical, personal and other needs; the Oregon Veterans’ Home, where skilled nursing, rehabilitative and Alzheimer’s disease care is provided for veterans, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans, and for parents whose children have all died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; and the Service Officer Directory for locating County Veterans’ Service Officers throughout Oregon.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 700 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301-1285
Telephone: 503-373-2000; Toll-free: 1-800-828-8801; TTY: 503-373-2217
Fax: 503-373-2362
Contact: Cameron Smith, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Laurie Skillman
Records Officer Email: Jeffrie Riha
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 406.020
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog