Oregon Department Of Veterans’ Affairs Celebrates 79th Anniversary Of Formation

Today, we proudly commemorate the 79th anniversary of the formation of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a state agency. Back in March 1945, then-Governor Earl Snell signed the bill that brought ODVA into existence, which officially took effect on June 16, 1945. This step occurred only days after the historic D-Day invasion when American troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Governor Snell and our state leaders recognized the importance of establishing a department to support and provide comprehensive services and assistance to our returning veterans from the front lines of World War II. Since 1945, our world has changed considerably. Notably, we

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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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