The bill authorizing the creation of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs was signed into law by then-Gov. Earl Snell on March 12, 1945. But the agency was not officially established until June 16 (90 days after the Legislature’s adjournment that year), making today the ODVA’s 71st anniversary.
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Snell, who had supported the bill from its initial proposal as a way to honor World War II service members, called the formation of this department “an important step in Oregon’s determination to provide every possible service and assistance to our returning veterans.”