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Our Response to COVID-19
We appreciate your patience as we continue to work with you during this time of crisis.
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In-Person Interview By Appointment Only
VBA will resume conducting in-person benefits counseling effective Monday, July 12, 2021, on a very limited basis while the Portland Regional Office undergoes a remodel.
These interviews by our Portland Public Contact staff will be for those customers with appointments made via our internet page:
Based on the limited space available, and the lack of any waiting area, we are currently unable to assist walk-in visitors without appointments.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) will also not
be available for in-person meetings at this time. Veterans should contact their VRCs directly by phone or e-mail.
Our customers are reminded that they can also reach VBA:
Are you an Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veteran?
You may be entitled to a Native allotment selection, if you are an Alaska Native Vietnam Veteran who served between 1964 and 1971, AND have not received a Native allotment, OR are an heir to someone who meets the above criteria. For more information, visit the Bureau of Land Management
web site or read their flyer
Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
On March 11, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP for Veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans participating in the VRRAP can receive education and training for high-demand occupations, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics. Veterans will receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. To learn more about VRRAP and how to apply for the program, Veterans can visit www.va.gov. Veterans can also contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education respresentative.
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