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Media Advisory - April Veteran Listening Sessions; Redmond & Prineville (Photo) - 04/19/19

What: VA Veteran Listening Session and Resource Fair

Who: For Veterans and family members - media are invited

When / Where:

April 22, 2019, 4 - 6 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4108, 491 SW Veterans Way, Redmond, OR, 97756 (Share on Facebook or the web.)

April 23, 2019, 12 - 2 p.m., Elks Lodge 1814, 151 N Main St, Prineville, OR 97754  (Share on Facebook or the web.)

You are invited to join VA Portland Health Care System and Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors to discuss ideas, ask questions, or raise concerns regarding VA services or meet with a VBA claims representative. Other VA staff and Veteran Service Organizations will be present to provide information about resources and programs available for Veterans. VA will have staff from services such as:

Veterans Benefits Administration
National Cemetery Administration
VA Health Care Enrollment
My HealtheVet
Women’s Health
Transition and Care Management
Office of Veteran Experience
Community Care (non-VA Care)
Vet Center Program

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VA and Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians Host VA Presumptive Conditions Event (Photo) - 04/12/19

VA and Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians Host Presumptive Conditions Event

Event:            “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” - VA Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event

Who:              All Veterans are invited as well as media representatives.

Date:              Wednesday & Thursday, April 24-25, 2019, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:      Chinook Winds Hotel, Dolphin Room, 1501 NW 40th Place, Lincoln City, Oregon

Hosted by the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians of Oregon     


On April 24-25, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians of Oregon will host a Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event focused on identifying and assisting Veterans who may have presumptive disabilities and be eligible for a VA compensation or pension claim.  A presumptive disability is a condition that VA presumes is related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military.  These conditions may qualify for VA compensation payments.

During the event, representatives from the Veterans Benefits Administration will be on hand to review and process disability claims on the spot.  The goal is to process as much of the claim as possible on the same day.  All Veterans are invited to attend.  We encourage Veterans to bring to the event their DD Forms-214, any non-VA related medical evidence, and in-service medical records, if available. 

VA realizes that reaching these Veterans could have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached Veterans and their spouses.  This will help the VA enhance and improve the experience for all Veterans and their families.

“With the focus on Veterans with presumptive disabilities and those who are pension eligible, the VA is hopeful we can help all Veterans in Indian Country access the full range of benefits they have courageously earned through their service,” said Stephanie Birdwell, director, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations.

In addition, spouses may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) when a Veteran dies as a result of these presumptive disabilities.

During the two-day event, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations, in partnership with Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is also hosting a Tribal Veteran Representative (TVR) Training, which will cover a wide range of topics on VA benefits, including appeals, pension, suicide prevention, survivor benefits, and medical care.  All tribal Veteran advocates are invited to attend.

Both the claims event and TVR training event are free. Contact Terry Bentley, VA Office of Tribal Government Relations at 541-440-1271 or email"> or Tony Molina, Tribal Veteran Representative for the Siletz Tribe at 541-444-8330 or email for additional information.


Dr. Patrick Feeney
Dr. Patrick Feeney
VA Portland researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss (Photo) - 04/08/19

WASHINGTON –– A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher with the VA Portland Health Care System was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss.

Dr. Patrick Feeney was presented the 2019 Jerger Career Award for research in audiology at the American Academy of Audiology’s annual meeting March 29.

The Jerger Award is given annually to an investigator whose research contributions have significantly impacted the practice of audiology. Over the past 30 years, Feeney’s research has focused on peripheral and central auditory function in Veterans and others.  

“Hearing loss and tinnitus have long been among the disabilities affecting Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The innovative research conducted by Dr. Feeney and his team is critical in finding ways to address these issues.”

Feeney directs the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) located at the Portland VA Medical Center. NCRAR, funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, is the only VA research center dedicated to the discovery and delivery of innovative solutions for Veterans with hearing impairments.

The center educates Veterans and the public about preventing hearing loss and coping with tinnitus — or ringing in the ears. It partners with institutions in the community to promote education, share clinical information, and train auditory researchers and clinicians.

Feeney has worked as a clinical audiologist and served on the faculty at several research institutions. He is a professor at Oregon Health and Science University, is active in several professional organizations and was past president of the American Academy of Audiology from 2008 to 2009. He also has been a faculty member at Ohio State University and the University of Washington.

Feeney has contributed to more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 11 textbook chapters for the profession of audiology and more than 50 published abstracts.

To learn more about VA research on hearing loss, visit

National Vietnam War Day
National Vietnam War Day
Media are invited to Vietnam War Veterans Day events at VA Portland - March 29, 2019 (Photo) - 03/28/19

Media are invited to Vietnam War Veterans Day events in Portland and Vancouver on March 29. (Please RVSP.)

Spread the word-- let our #VietnamVeterans know they are not forgotten.

Join the nation … thank a Vietnam Veteran!

  • Portland VA Medical Center Atrium (Bldg. 100): 11 a.m. ~12:00 p.m.
  • VA Vancouver Community Living Center (Bldg. 1, Community Living Center Dinning Room): 1 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans & their families are invited to attend.

The VA Portland Health Care System Director along with Willamette National Cemetery and Portland Regional Benefits Office Directors will present Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Lapel Pins to Vietnam Veterans in Portland.

The VAPORHCS Director will be presenting pins in Vancouver.

Cake will be served at both locations.

The lapel pins are intended for all U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of their service.

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