Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Baker County will receive $10,500 to help improve services to local veterans.

Last year the Oregon Legislature approved $600,000 to be awarded to county veterans services offices through a competitive grant program.

An evaluation committee met on Jan. 15 to consider applications from 26 of the 34 counties eligible for grants. Nineteen counties - including Baker - will receive the full amount they applied for.

"That's great news; I worked hard on that grant," said Jane Chandler, Baker County's veterans services officer. "Whenever a grant comes along I'll apply for it."

This is the second grant Chandler has secured recently.

She also received $10,000 from another state program, part of which she has used to buy a billboard on Interstate 84 at North Powder that encourages veterans to call their local services officer.

That billboard, which went up last week, faces the freeway's eastbound lanes. Chandler said she plans to buy a billboard on the opposite side when space becomes available.

Chandler said she will use the latest grant for a variety of purposes, such as advertising, that are designed to encourage veterans to apply for benefits available to them.

More information about veterans services in Baker County is available by calling Chandler at 541-523-8223 or by email at jchandler@bakercounty.org .