Oregon State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Oregon provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Oregon Veteran Housing Benefits

Oregon Veterans Home
The state of Oregon runs two Veterans Homes in The Dalles and Lebanon. Care at the Oregon Veteran’s Home is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses and parents who had a child die while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  To be eligible for this benefit, qualifying veterans must have served as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Federal VA) and received an honorable discharge from their branch of service.

A VA physician’s certification that nursing home care is needed due to a service connected disability may qualify a veterans to be eligible to have some or all of the cost of care at the Veterans’ Home covered by the VA. Typically veterans who have a 70 percent or greater service-connected disability and are in need of skilled nursing care due to their disability may be eligible to have their cost of care covered by the VA.

Oregon Veterans Home Loans
A home loan program for honorably discharged veterans with below market interest rates. ODVA also offers home improvement loans.

Oregon Financial Benefits

Income Tax on Military Income
All active-duty pay earned outside Oregon and up to $6,000 of active-duty pay earned in Oregon is not taxable.  

Income Tax on Retired pay
If you had military service before October 1, 1991 you may be able to deduct a portion of your retirement pay. If you didn't have military or federal service prior to October 1, 1991, your military retirement is taxed normally. 

Oregon Property Tax Exemption
Veterans who are rated at 40% or more disabled by the VA may qualify for a residential tax exemption.

Oregon Veterans' Emergency Assistance
The Oregon Veterans’ Emergency Assistance Program is for veterans and their immediate family (spouse, unremarried surviving spouse, child, or stepchild) who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Assistance is granted one time only and average award amounts vary Emergency financial assistance includes, but is not limited to, emergency or temporary housing and related housing expenses, such as expenses for utilities, insurance, house repairs, rent assistance, emergency medical or dental expenses and emergency transportation. All payments are made directly to payees/creditors. 

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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.
    • 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.

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Oregon Education Assistance Programs

Funding for the Oregon Veteran Education Aid Program has been suspended through June 30, 2017.

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Oregon Education Assistance Programs

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.

Oregon State Parks
Service-connected disabled Veterans get free parking at the 26 state parks that charge a day-use parking fee. They also receive free camping costs in RV sites, tent campsites & standard horse camp sites. You may camp for free in a tent, RV or standard horse camp site for 10 nights at a time at a single state park, or a total of 10 nights in a 30 day period, regardless of the location. If you stay longer than 10 nights at a park, you will pay the standard rate for the extra days.

Members of the military on active duty and on official leave need to pay up front and then get reimbursed.

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Other Oregon State Veteran Benefits

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.
Permanent Vehicle Registration Fee for Disabled Veterans
One-time registration fee for motor vehicle registration for service-connected disabled veterans in receipt of compensation. Disabled veterans must provide proof that the qualifying disability is connected with service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Visit the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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