HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

January 27, 2005   Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M. Tapes 10 – 11

(Corrected 07/27/05)

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Donna Nelson, Chair

Rep. Phil Barnhart, Vice-Chair

Rep. Debi Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brian Boquist

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Betty Komp

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Erin Seiler, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                Introduction of Committee Measures - Work Session

Veterans’ Issues - Informational Meeting

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 10, A

001

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:32 a.m. Opens a work session for the introduction of committee measures.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES - WORK SESSION

005

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Submits and summarizes LC Draft 2037 (EXHIBIT A).

015

Rep. Barnhart

MOTION:  Moves LC 2037 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Nelson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

025

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session for the introduction of committee measures. Opens an informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues.

VETERANS’ ISSUES – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

049

Jim Booker

State Veterans’ Programs Coordinator, Oregon Employment Department (OED). Submits and summarizes OED Veterans’ Unemployment Rate report (EXHIBIT B).

065

Booker

Submits and summarizes OED Veterans’ Program report (EXHIBIT C).

095

Booker

Identifies and discusses the unmet financial and employment needs of veterans.

115

Booker

Discusses the type of programs that OED has to assist veterans who are seeking employment or financial assistance.

201

Chair Nelson

Introduces Terry Rich, Disability Veterans’ Outreach Specialist, OED and Stan Stanley, Veterans’ Employment Representative, OED.

217

Booker

Submits and summarizes information packet of OED Veterans’ Program marketing materials which includes Hire Vets First pamphlet, Hire the Best brochure, and Daily Courier newspaper article (EXHIBIT D).

295

Booker

Answers questions related to programs and resources for homeless veterans.

350

Stan Stanley

Veterans’ Employment Representative, OED. Explains the community voicemail system that is available for homeless veterans in Salem.

380

Jacqueline Zimmer

Director, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (O4A). Gives an overview of the services and programs of O4A. 

TAPE 11, A

025

Zimmer

Discusses the importance of County Veterans Services Officers (CVSO).

060

Jeff Hill

Veteran Service Officer, Columbia and Washington Counties. Submits and summarizes written testimony explaining the Oregon County Veterans Service Officers Association (OCVSOA) (EXHIBIT E).

120

Hill

Submits and summarizes County Veterans Services Pilot Project report (EXHIBIT F).

180

Hill

Responds to questions related to the funding of the OCVSOA and CVSO county offices, and performance benchmarks are for CVSO.

275

Hill

Submits and summarizes the written testimony of Timothy Jederberg about CVSO (EXHIBIT G).

286

Zimmer

Comments on why veterans are unaware of County Veterans’ Service Offices and CVSO.

TAPE 10, B

015

Betty Pomeroy

Chair, Washington County Aging Services Seniors Advisory Council. Speaks to the need for more CVSO and the financial benefits of moving veterans from Medicaid benefits to Veterans’ Administration benefits.  

080

Gary Roulier

Chief Warrant Officer, Oregon Reserves. Identifies what major issues are affecting Oregon National Guards and Reserves soldiers when they return home.

150

Roulier

Discusses the concerns regarding the length of deployment and time in between tours.

230

Roulier

Speaks to the employability issues of returning soldiers.

290

Roulier

Addresses the psychological effects of combat and the importance of providing soldiers with access to mental health services.

344

Rep. Boquist

Discusses the importance of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves mobilization training and why funding for mobilization training needs to be increased.

TAPE 11, B

002

Boquist

Clarifies that there is not funding for returning Oregon National Guard and Reserve soldiers to participate in mobilization training until six months after returning from combat.

051

Chair Nelson

Asks for clarification from the Oregon Military Department regarding mobilization training.

055

Colonel Mike Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department. Addresses the lack of funding for drill training and reintegration programs.

120

Caldwell

States that by the end of 2005, 5000-6000 Oregon National Guard soldiers will be returning from tours and “will be turned loose on community and family” without reintegration training.

175

Rob Johnstone

Citizen, State of Oregon. Comments on the vital services provided by CVSO and the need to that there is stable funding for county offices.

270

Chair Nelson

Closes the informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues. Adjourns the meeting at 10:13 a.m.

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1.      Introductions, LC Draft 2037, staff, 2 pp
  2.      Veterans’ Issues, OED Veterans’ Unemployment Rate Report, Jim Booker, 1 pp
  3.      Veterans’ Issues, OED Veterans’ Program Report, Jim Booker,  2 pp
  4.      Veterans’ Issues, informational packet, Jim Booker, 9 pp
  5.      Veterans’ Issues, written testimony, Jim Booker, 8 pp
  6.      Veterans’ Issues, County Veterans’ Services Pilot Project Report, Jeff Hill, 11 pp
  7.      Veterans’ Issues, written testimony of Timothy Jederberg, Jeff Hill, 2 pp