ODVA Celebrates Women Veterans’ Legacy of Service During Women’s Military History Week

In honor of Women’s Military History Week in Oregon (March 17-23), the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been recognizing women who have served in the United States military throughout our country’s history, in every branch of military service. If you are a woman veteran or service member, ODVA salutes, recognizes and thanks you for your honorable service and your sacrifice. We honor your courage, your dedication and your commitment, and we pledge to ensure that your history-making contributions to our nation’s security and prosperity will never forgotten. This year’s national theme is Women who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. ODVA. In keeping

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Merkley, Veterans History Project Partner to Share Veterans’ Stories

Story Courtesy of Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s Office Oregonians have stepped up to serve in the United States Armed Forces for generations, or have family members, friends, and loved ones who have answered this call to service. Capturing the firsthand, lived experiences of our veterans is an important way we can honor their sacrifices and dedication to our nation while preserving American history for future generations.   That’s why Jeff’s office teamed up with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project to help record and share the unique stories of Oregon veterans from all walks of life.    The

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In One’s Element: The Value of Being On the Water

By Robert Smith, Oregon State Parks I don’t know when it started, young I guess, like most things. My favorite memories always involved water. Vacation often started with a ride on the ferry to Whidbey Island. Then there was grandpa’s house overlooking Puget Sound. Maybe it was fishing trips with my dad to Lake Leland – eating tomato soup warmed on an old Coleman stove. Dad would make sure I was safe and warm and, based on the abundance of tomato soup, would continue to grow. There were smells and sights and sounds that I still remember and that I

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