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First 2018 meeting of the Oregon Veterans' Advisory Committee will be held in Corvallis (Photo) - 02/13/18

The first 2018 meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 7 at 4 Spirits Distillery, 3405 S.W. Deschutes St. in Corvallis. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The committee is made up of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you plan on attending, please RSVP online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/VAACMar2018.

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.

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U.S. Marines advance during the Battle of Hue, part of the Tet Offensive (public domain photo)
U.S. Marines advance during the Battle of Hue, part of the Tet Offensive (public domain photo)
Tet Offensive, one of the Vietnam War's most infamous episodes, began 50 years ago today (Photo) - 01/30/18

Fifty years ago today, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces launched what would become known as the Tet Offensive. It was a far-reaching and well-coordinated campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian centers throughout South Vietnam, targeting U.S. military forces and our allies.

It was to be the largest offensive of the war, and the days of bloody fighting that would follow would lead to heavy casualties on both sides. Though the Vietnam War would continue for seven more years, the Tet Offensive is now widely considered to have been one of its most significant turning points.

"On this day, we honor and remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the carnage that was the Tet Offensive, as well as all of our Vietnam-era service members," Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Acting Director Sheronne Blasi said. "They fought for freedom and because our country asked them to, and are deserving of their place among America's heroes."

There are more than 100,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Oregon today. They are the largest demographic of Oregon veterans by service era. If you or your spouse or parent is a Vietnam veteran, please contact the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs or your local county veteran service office today for free assistance in accessing your earned benefits.

Contact ODVA at 1-800-692-9666 or 503-373-2085.