2017 ORS 406.130¹
Veterans’ Services Account
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There hereby is established in the General Fund of the State Treasury an account to be known as the Veterans’ Services Account. Moneys in the Veterans’ Services Account are continuously appropriated to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and shall be used by the department for grants and services supplied to veterans by the department under ORS chapters 406 and 408, and for expenses of administration of such grants and services. [1987 c.658 §2; 2005 c.625 §14]

Note: Sections 1 and 3 to 5, chapter 731, Oregon Laws 2017, provide:

Sec. 1. (1) As used in this section:

(a) “Community college” has the meaning given that term in ORS 341.005 (Definitions for chapter).

(b) “Public university” means a public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities).

(c) “Veteran” has the meaning given that term in ORS 408.225 (Definitions for ORS 408.225 to 408.237).

(2) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall develop and implement one or more conditional grant programs statewide to expand campus veteran resource centers on the campuses of Oregon community colleges and public universities. The purpose of the grant programs is to augment existing campus programs that help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to the workforce and the community.

(3)(a) The department shall award multiple one-time grants under this section during the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, on a competitive basis to community colleges and public universities based on proposals submitted by the colleges and universities under subsection (5) of this section that:

(A) Expand and enhance existing campus veteran resource centers on campus premises;

(B) Recruit and employ campus veteran resource coordinators who can serve as liaisons to provide advocacy, understanding and resource connections for veterans;

(C) Attract veterans to enroll in and attend educational programs at community colleges and public universities;

(D) Provide assistance, guidance and support to veterans in completing educational goals and objectives;

(E) Provide resources to college administrations, faculty and staff to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the strengths, unique challenges and needs of veterans and their families;

(F) Refer campus veterans to local county veterans’ service officers appointed under ORS 408.410 (Appointment of county service officer) who assist veterans in obtaining federal and state veteran benefits;

(G) Assist veterans in successfully transitioning to work and community life by connecting veterans with workforce and employment resources; and

(H) Provide resources and matching funds in an amount to be determined by the department.

(b) Grant recipients may use grant funds awarded under this section for the expansion and enhancement of existing campus veteran resource center programs, including training campus veteran coordinators, purchasing computer and other equipment and supplies, hiring additional staff, hosting veteran events, facilitating access to workforce and community resources that were not previously available and meeting other identified needs for the successful and continued operation of the existing centers and coordinators.

(c) A grant recipient may use up to $25,000 of grant funds awarded under this section to pay a campus veteran resource coordinator’s salary if the grant recipient commits to matching at least 50 percent of grant funds used for that purpose.

(d) Grant recipients may not use grant funds awarded under this section to duplicate services provided by county veterans’ service officers appointed under ORS 408.410 (Appointment of county service officer), as described in ORS 406.450 (Services provided by county veterans’ service officers). However, grant recipients may use grant funds awarded under this section to provide additional information and aid that is not available through county veterans’ service officers.

(4) A community college or public university may submit a grant proposal under subsection (5) of this section if the community college or public university:

(a) Is located in Oregon;

(b) Has an existing campus veteran resource center or has, or intends to hire prior to the distribution of grant funds, a campus veteran resource coordinator;

(c) Meets, or intends to meet prior to the distribution of grant funds, a majority of the criteria under subsection (3)(a) of this section; and

(d) Demonstrates its capacity to administer any funds awarded under this section in compliance with the requirements of this section and all applicable federal and state laws.

(5) A community college or public university that meets the requirements of subsection (4) of this section may apply for grant funds under this section by submitting a grant proposal to the department in the form determined by the department.

(6) When determining which grant proposals to fund, the department shall make funds available statewide and may:

(a) Give priority to those proposals that the department determines are best designed to help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to the workforce and the community; or

(b) Concentrate funds and resources in those areas of the state with the greatest need for veteran assistance programs, as determined by the department.

(7)(a) The department shall award grant funds to a successful applicant in an amount equal to the least of:

(A) The amount supported by the applicant’s application;

(B) $100,000; or

(C) Any other amount determined by the department to further the purpose of the grant program.

(b) The department shall issue a grant award letter to the applicant setting forth a grant recipient’s reporting requirements under subsection (8) of this section and describing the restrictions on the use of grant funds under subsection (3) of this section and as may be determined by the department.

(c) The grant recipient may not use grant funds for purposes other than those designated by the department in the recipient’s award letter.

(8) Within 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter, each grant recipient shall provide a program report to the department. The quarterly report must include a narrative of the following:

(a) Summary of program activities;

(b) Description of program successes;

(c) Discussion of challenges the grant recipient has encountered implementing the program;

(d) Accounting of how grant funds have been used; and

(e) Any other information the department requires.

(9) The department may collaborate with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in developing and implementing the programs established under this section.

(10) The department may solicit and accept gifts, grants and donations from public and private sources to further the purposes of this section.

(11) The department shall adopt rules that prescribe:

(a) The procedures for the grant application process, including grant review and approval;

(b) Grant recipient reporting requirements;

(c) Measurable goals and outcome requirements;

(d) Allowable uses of grant funds;

(e) Procedures for disbursement of grant funds;

(f) Recordkeeping requirements; and

(g) Any additional procedures the department determines necessary to implement the provisions of this section. [2017 c.731 §1]

Sec. 3. No later than August 31, 2018, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall report to the interim legislative committees relating to veterans on the implementation of the grant programs established under section 1 of this 2017 Act and on further steps required to expand the programs during the 2019-2021 biennium. The department shall report in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature) and may include recommendations for legislation. [2017 c.731 §3]

Sec. 4. No later than September 15, 2018, the Advisory Committee appointed under ORS 406.210 (Function of advisory committee) shall review and consider the grant programs established under section 1 of this 2017 Act, including the quarterly reports submitted by the grant recipients under section 1 (8) of this 2017 Act and the report prepared by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under section 3 of this 2017 Act, and report to the interim legislative committees relating to veterans. The Advisory Committee shall evaluate the merits of the grant programs, how grants were awarded to community colleges and public universities and how grant funds were used by grant recipients. The report must address funding priorities for implementation of legislation that will accomplish one or more of the purposes and objectives of this 2017 Act and make recommendations for legislation. [2017 c.731 §4]

Sec. 5. Sections 1 to 4 of this 2017 Act are repealed on January 2, 2020. [2017 c.731 §5]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 406—Department of Veterans’ Affairs, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors406.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.