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Celebrating LGBTQ+ veterans in June. Serving and supporting LGBTQ+ veterans every day. Oregon is home to a diverse veteran community that spans across five eras of service and four generations of service members. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has long recognized the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ veteran community, and in 2016, established a program to work diligently to address those needs. Today, ODVA is proud to celebrate Oregon’s LGBTQ+ Veterans in June by amplifying the voices of those who served in silence yet, used their experience to remove barriers and prejudices for the betterment of the whole LGBTQ+ veteran community. Ret. Lt.
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
By Ashley A. Massey, Public Information Officer, Oregon State Marine Board A day in 1969 changed the trajectory of Craig Withee’s life. A car accident left him a paraplegic, but that has not slowed down this retired Civil Engineer from Bend. In 2018, Craig Withee was appointed to the Marine Board and brought with him not only his 38-years of experience in facility engineering, operations and management for the Department of Army and the Federal Aviation Administration, but a perspective from an avid mixed-use boater and angler who happens to live with physical limitations. Withee offers his perspectives around the
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