The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs are hosting community forums on veterans behavioral health to help inform a five-year strategic plan to better meet the needs of veterans.

As part of a statewide tour, a forum will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Astoria Armory.

The state Legislature invested $3.1 million over two budgets toward veterans behavioral health. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated a portion of the funding to create a needs assessment study to identify challenges and opportunities for reforms.

"Oregon veterans have given their time and talents to serve our nation in times of war and peace. I am deeply concerned about the challenges that veterans reported in accessing behavioral health services," Steve Allen, the health authority's behavioral health director, said in a statement.

While all the forums are free and open to the public, registration is required. Register at

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