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State and Community Programs and Services
Fort Oregon Columbia County Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members
The Fort Oregon Columbia County Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members is a community approach addressing the needs of returning veterans. It provides critical information for veterans, family members, employers, service providers, and the community at large. This site provides national, state, and community specific information and resources. For more information, visit http://columbia.or.networkofcare.org.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Oregon an exemption from Oregon withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Oregon. For more information visit www.oregon.gov.
Oregon Bar Military Assistance Panel
The Oregon Bar Military Assistance Panel matches deployed service members and their Families with lawyers willing to provide some legal advice at no charge. For additional information, visit www.osbar.org.
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) offers access to national and state programs and services for military, veterans, spouses, and their families living in Oregon. The ODVA provides a comprehensive set of veteran related links where additional support can be found. The Governor's Veterans' Task Force identified gaps in service delivery to veterans, made recommendations, and is taking action. For additional information, visit www.oregon.gov/ODVA.
Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund
The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund is for Soldiers and airmen of the Oregon National Guard and their immediate eligible family members who are in need of emergency financial assistance. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov.
Oregon Partnership's Military Helpline
The Oregon Partnership Military Helpline bridges the access-to-service gap that military service members, veterans and their families face, helping veterans gain access to resources they deserve. This helpline is a part of the Oregon Partnership Crisis Lines which have been in operation for nearly two decades, offering 24-7 mental health crisis and suicide intervention, substance abuse crisis assistance, and services referral across the state. To reach the military Helpline, call 888-HLP-4-VETS (888-457-4838) or for more information, visit www.orpartnership.org.
Oregon Reintegration Team
The Oregon Reintegration Team provides post-mobilization support by establishing a centralized point of contact for the multitude of agencies that provide support and benefits to Soldiers and their Family members. For more information, visit www.orng-vet.org.
Returning Veterans Project
Returning Veterans Project is comprised of health care practitioners who offer free and confidential services to veterans and their families of the current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. The organization also educates and mobilizes the community through speaking engagements to raise awareness of the challenges experienced by returning veterans and their families. For more information, visit http://returningveterans.org.