Veterans Day recognized in Benton County

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In recognition of the national Veterans Day holiday, the Benton County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation honoring Veterans Day in Benton County.

A portion of the proclamation reads:

The Commissioners and residents of Benton County have the deepest gratitude toward all veterans and honors the commitment and county of the many people of Benton County who have served in the armed forces; and

The Benton County Board of Commissioners particularly extends its heartfelt gratitude and good will to the Oregon National Guard members and the personnel of all armed services currently serving in the Middle East and elsewhere who have earned the respect and admiration of a grateful nation.

The Benton County Veterans Services office works primarily to process claims for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation and pension but also performs “one-stop shop” services by providing information about entitlements, i.e., home loan programs, property tax exemptions, etc., and referrals to the Aging and Disability Resource Connection as appropriate. Additionally, the office provides outreach services to veterans that are students at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College, “walk-in” outreach service at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, and staff is available to provide informational presentations to community groups and organizations.

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments staffs the Benton County Veterans Service Office. All services by the Benton County Veterans Service Office are free. Find more information at ocwcog.org/seniors-disability/veterans.

This year Benton County participated in the Red Cross Veterans Day Comfort Kit campaign. Toiletry items were collected at six county facilities from November 1st through 8th to be used in for comfort kits for local veterans and veterans hospitals.

“We have over 5,000 veterans in Benton County. Our tagline is ‘At your service, every day’ and I think that includes workforce giving. When Red Cross approached the county about this campaign, I felt it was a priority to participate,” said Commissioner Anne Schuster.

All Benton County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veteran’s Day. The Sheriff’s Office will continue with patrols during the holiday. All Benton County offices will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 13.