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CENTER ELEMENTS:

Veterans Benefits Offices
Outpatient Clinic
Care for Aging Veterans
Pharmacy
Living Facilities
Oregon Veterans Museum
Service Organizations
Public Meeting Space
Fireside Room
Park & Outdoor Areas
Sports & Recreation




Elements of the Center

The Oregon Veterans Center offers a central location for combining resources to optimize public and private dollars to care for Veterans and educate future generations regarding our heritage.

Veterans Benefits Offices

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the federal agency responsible for delivering benefits through compensation, pension, and insurance programs. The Center would provide an accessible location for Veterans and their families to go for applications and inquiries regarding Veterans benefits at all agency levels, as well as job placement and other support. State and Federal entities would establish satellite offices for Veterans Affairs Service Officers.

Veterans Health - Outpatient Clinic

The Center would house a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), providing outpatient medical care, diagnosis and medical management for eligible veterans. Also available would be mental health and social work services, rehab services, and a variety of specialty clinics.

An outpatient clinic along the I-5 corridor South of Portland would help tens of thousands of Veterans receive services at a location convenient to them and at a lower cost to both them and the VA. 

Care for Aging Veterans

An Oregon Veterans Home would be an important part of the Veterans Center. The program is a cooperative venture between VA and the states whereby VA provides funds to help build the home and pays a portion of the costs for veterans eligible for VA health care.

The Center could provide flexible options that include both nursing home care and in-home care. Services offered at the Medicaid-certified facility could include skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s and other dementia care, assisted living, and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care.

NOTE: Oregon is in dire need of additional nursing care facilities for Veterans. Across the U.S. there are 119 state Veteran homes.  Among these, nursing home care is provided in 114 homes, domiciliary care in 52 homes, and hospital-type care in 5 homes.  Idaho and Washington have three state Veterans homes, Oklahoma has six, Missouri and Colorado have seven. Oregon—12th in ranking of per-capita Veterans in the country—has only one state veterans’ home, a 151-bed facility located in The Dalles. 

Pharmacy

The Center could include a pharmacy, which would be available to all Veterans, not just those who are residents at the Home. This pharmacy, south of the major Portland metropolitan area, could serve Veterans throughout the mid-Willamette valley.

Living Facilities

One of the needs expressed by Veterans groups is affordable housing options for returning Veterans and their families. The Center could provide an ideal location for affordable living facilities for Veterans in need of a place to live.

Oregon Veterans Museum

The Oregon Veterans Museum would be a world-class facility, built and maintained for the purposes of commemorating, acknowledging, and affirming the role of Oregon veterans in America’s military past by means of instructive exhibits and other educational programs.

The museum would offer true-to-life exhibits that highlight important events in Oregon military history, develop educational programs often focusing on specific themes such as World War II or Korea, and operate a research center where books, photographic materials, oral histories, and archival collections can be accessed. The Museum would also care for and safeguard a collection of artifacts associated with Oregon’s military history.

Historical educational programs, exhibits, and services contribute to the preservation of our freedom in bringing to light the sacrifice and commitment of those who fought to give us liberty. As Santayana said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Currently, there is an extensive collection of military artifacts, managed by a group that seeks a permanent location for public display. The group has expressed strong interest in placement of the collection at the Oregon Veterans Center.

Veterans Service Organizations

The Center would provide office space for Veterans Service Organizations and Veteran-supporting volunteer and charitable entities, should they desire to be located at the Center.

Having shared space—either Oregon headquarters or satellite offices—for these groups in a central location would certainly be of benefit to Veterans. Offices could include shared conference and meeting facilities, as well as shared Internet access and phone services.

Groups that may be interested in office space include American Legion, Korean War Veterans’ Association, Atomic Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Non-Commissioned Officers’ Association, Oregon Pointman Ministry, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Public Meeting Space

There is a need for large and small group meeting space for veterans’ organizations and those who wish to honor Veterans through events. The State of Oregon has thirteen congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations, most of which hold annual state conventions.  Several other veterans’ groups exist that are not congressionally chartered.  The State veterans’ organizations all have chapters and posts that hold local meetings. All of these groups seek space to hold these meetings and events. There is a desire to hold many of these gatherings at the same time and location in order to create a cohesive expression of support for all Veterans.

The center would include an auditorium, which will be built, maintained, and used on Sundays by a church. This space will be made available for large public gatherings and events when not in conflict with church use, as well as conferences and meetings for community and business organizations. 

Fireside Room

An important aspect of the Center is offering ways that wounded Veterans can heal emotionally. Studies have shown that this healing best occurs through the presence and friendship of other Veterans. The Center would have a “Fireside Room” provided by the Oregon Veterans Foundation, with a casual atmosphere for Veterans to meet together for support, fellowship, and informal gatherings.

Park & Outdoor Areas

The buildings would dwell amid an arboretum-style park setting with statues and other memorials, reflective seating areas, nature pathways, and an outdoor amphitheater. These areas would be managed by the Oregon Veterans Foundation.

Sports & Recreation

Part of caring for our Veterans involves preventive care for physical and mental health.  Sports and recreation is an important part of preventive medicine. The Center could house an indoor weight room, cardio exercise room, aquatic center, sports field and outdoor track.