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Oregon community colleges and universities will get new funds to support veterans, the state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced this week.

They’ve awarded $600,000 to five public universities and 10 community colleges to expand their Campus Veteran Resource Centers, which help student veterans get acclimated to college life, stay in school, complete their degrees and prepare to return to civilian life and find jobs. 

The grants range from $11,000 to more than $58,000 and will pay for welcome programs for student veterans, peer mentorship programs, staff for Campus Veteran Resource Centers as well as computers, supplies and online programs among other things. 

Community colleges like Lane and Chemeketa got some of the biggest grants among the two-year schools at more than $57,000 each.

Western Oregon University received the largest allotment at more than $58,600. 

There are about 9,000 active military and veterans in Oregon using federal benefits to secure higher education and postsecondary training, including everything from college degrees to technical schools to cosmetology programs, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

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