November 8, 2017

Panelists detail transgender woes in military

The U.S. military employs an estimated 15,000 transgender people, meaning any plan to ban transgender soldiers could disrupt thousands of lives, not to mention the military […]
October 19, 2017

New documentary featuring Oregon LGBTQ veterans to premiere Nov. 3 in Portland

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is proud to present the world premiere of "Breaking the Silence," a documentary featuring the stories of some of Oregon's LGBTQ service members and veterans. This groundbreaking film explores the lives of five Oregon veterans, who not only served their country honorably, but were forced to serve in silence and at great risk to themselves, their careers and their families.
July 26, 2017

ODVA Responds to President’s Announcement Banning Transgender Americans from Military Service

The State of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs values and honors the contributions of all those who have served and continue to serve honorably in the military. Unequivocally, we proudly stand behind all veterans and service members who served with honor, regardless of gender identity, and we will continue to do so.
July 3, 2017

Airman makes history at Pride parade

Among the thousands decked in rainbow colors and glitter in Portland’s Pride parade on June 18, one lone airman was marching in his official military camouflage […]
June 26, 2017

Expo aims to connect veterans with valuable resources in central Oregon

One of the largest veteran resource events in the state will be held in central Oregon next month, when the Veteran Benefit Expo kicks off at 10 a.m. July 15 at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. With over 75 booths featuring state and federal service providers, non-profit agencies, employers and other local partners, this free event promises to bring together the best benefits, resources and programs Oregon has to offer veterans and their families.
June 21, 2017

Local active duty veteran cleared to display military and gay pride together in parade

It’s believed that Sgt. Boehme is the first active service member in Oregon or Washington to get approval to march in uniform in a pride parade.
June 21, 2017

Air National Guard member receives command approval to march in uniform in Portland, Seattle pride parades

This weekend, Portland Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Nathaniel Boehme had the rare honor of wearing his military uniform during the Portland Pride Parade on June 18. He will also be allowed to march in uniform during the Seattle Pride Parade that will take place on June 25.
May 12, 2017

Military Background Inspires Student’s Project to Serve Veterans

As one of the few African-American females to serve in the U.S. Marines, Pacific University public health major Irisa Grimes ’17 is acutely aware of both […]
March 22, 2017

LGBTQ vets invited to attend meeting

Members of the LGBTQ community who served in the armed forces are invited to attend a meeting with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs LGBTQ veterans […]