Jim Willis
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, Salem

Jim Willis, Director, Oregon Department of Veteransí Affairs, Salem. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Mr. Willis the Director of the Oregon Department of Veteransí Affairs on September 1, 2003. Mr. Willis also served on the Governorís Advisory Committee to the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs and was elected chair of the committee in 2003. A veterans advocate for over 25 years, Mr. Willis has dealt with such issues as funding for the Oregon Veteransí Home, improved veteransí health care through the federal VA, increased funding for veteransí education, vocational training, and veteran-owned business grants and loans, and the creation of Oregonís Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. Nationally, Mr. Willis serves as the Western District Vice President for the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, as well as serving as a member of the National Executive and Legislative Committees. Mr. Willis received the 2002 and 2005 Veteran of the Year award from the Society of the 40 & 8, which is the Honor Society of the American Legion, the 2005 National Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains from the Marine Corps League, the 2006 National Gold Patrick Henry Medallion Award from the Military Order of the World Wars, and the 2007 Public Service Award from the Sixth Region of the Association of the United States Army and the National Distinguished Service Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart. (03/08)