Organized by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the statewide Veteran Benefit Expo is coming to central Oregon this summer. Now in its third year, the Expo is a combination resource, job, education and community fair, designed as a one-stop shop for veterans and their families to learn about and access the full range of their federal, state and local benefits.

The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Bank of the Cascades Center and Deschutes Fair & Expo in Redmond.

The event is being held on a weekend for the first time in its history. This change, plus the move to central Oregon, are in an effort to further increase attendance, particularly among working veterans and younger families, and reach new segments of the Oregon veteran community.

The employment focused portion of the event has been expanded into a full-service Veteran Career Fair and a brand-new component has been added: a Veteran-Owned Business Trade Show, which will allow veteran small-business owners and entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services, as well as engage with potential customers and industry partners.

Organizers are actively seeking sponsors to help reach more veterans and make the Expo bigger and better. For more information, please download the sponsorship packet or apply online here.

If you are interested in attending the Expo as an exhibitor or service provider (in any area other than employment), please fill out the online registration form here. If you are interested in participating in the Veteran Career Fair, as an employer that is currently hiring, or as a government/non-profit provider of employment resources, please fill out this form. In either case, booth space at this event is free to participating organizations.

Booth registrations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 28, to be considered. Contact Tyler Francke, at 971-239-6640 or tyler.francke@state.or.us should you have any questions.