November 14, 2013

On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., Multnomah County and the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village, will sign a historic agreement to provide services to veterans.

Read the Community Covenant (pdf). Multnomah County Veterans Community Covenant (1.45 MB)

The signing of the “Community Covenant with Veterans and Military Families” will take place at the Oregon and S.W. Washington veterans job fair “Hiring Our Heroes.’’ The event will be held in the exhibit hall at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, 1401 N. Wheeler, Portland.

Federal spending on reintegrating veterans is expected to decrease as the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan draws down. The Community Covenant is a promise to veterans that this community will continue to serve them.

The covenant lays out the guiding principles of Multnomah County and its cities toward future veterans’ services. It is expected to be an example for all Oregon counties as they develop their own approach.

Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel created a steering committee of experts in veteran services and reintegration to develop the plan.

“We have a duty to ensure that all returning vets have access to the housing, education and health services that they are eligible for through the federal and state Veterans Affairs department,’’ McKeel said.

Attendees will include Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. The public is also invited to sign the covenant.