Volunteers interested in working with aging veterans to help them access benefits and resources are needed throughout Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is expanding its Veteran Volunteer Program across the state after a successful pilot project in three counties. The goal of the program is to equip volunteers with information so they can help educate and connect veterans — primarily, seniors in care home facilities — to their earned benefits and other potential resources. A phased rollout of the project is planned across the state over the next few years.

“I hear from a lot of people who want to thank our veterans in a tangible way, and this is one way volunteers can have a lasting, positive impact on a veteran’s life,” said Veteran Volunteer Coordinator Mark Newell.

The volunteer program is open to those 18 or older. People who enjoy working with the aging population and want to make a difference in the lives of veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Newell at 503-373-2057, veteranvolunteer@odva.state.or.us or visit www.oregonvetvolunteer.com. Also, for the Hermiston veteran services office, call 541-667-3125 and in Morrow County, call 541-922-6420.

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