New Benefits and Information

Oregon Makes New Funding Available ($17M) to FIGHT VETERAN HOMELESSNESS in Oregon. Details:

http://oregondva.com/blog/2017/07/31/state-makes-new-funding-available-to-fight-veteran-homelessness-in-oregon/

FREE CAMPING for Disabled Veterans in Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown recently signed a new law that requires the Oregon Department of Forestry (not the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department) to provide free use of camping and other recreation uses on its lands for disabled veterans. The new law also calls for military members in active service to get free use of state forestry camping and recreation sites on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. These new opportunities, which take effect Jan. 1, were spelled out in Senate Bill 116. Sadly, according to the department’s interactive map of recreation sites Oregon State Forestry’s main recreation sites are in the Tillamook State Forest in the northwest corner of the state and a smattering of state forestry campgrounds are in the West Cascades east of Salem. Check the map: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Recreation/Pages/default.aspx

NEW MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM from Neighbor Impact to help anyone who has had a loss of at least 10% income in the last year. This program is intended to keep folks in their homes by helping with mortgage when a family has lost some income source (job, family revenue stream, etc.) No income limitations. There is also a RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. More info: Becky Steeley 541-323-6566 or beckys@neighborimpact.org

VETERANS THAT NEED EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email:lee.griego@covo-us.org

VA MORTGAGE LOAN PROGRAM: Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA's home mortgage program. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278, Mann Mortgage, LLC.

Starting November 11, 2017, all honorably discharged Veterans will be able to shop the U.S. military EXCHANGE SYSTEM online through a lifelong exchange benefit. Honorably discharged Veterans can now verify their eligibility at www.vetverify.org All it takes is three easy steps:

  1. Submit a verification form at www.vetverify.org
  2. Follow the Exchange on Facebook for updates.
  3. .Start shopping on November 11, 2017...More info will be coming as it arrives.

FREE parking for disabled veterans at Portland Int'l Airport. Disabled vets of the of the U.S. Armed Forces can now park without charge in the Economy Lot at PDX for a max of fourteen (14) consecutive days. More info: http://www.flypdx.com/PDX/Parking

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