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 […]
February 3, 2017

DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records

The Department of Defense today announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through […]
January 9, 2017

Air Forces Grants Honorable Discharge to 91-Year-Old Gay Vet

A 91-year-old veteran who was dismissed from the U.S. Air Force as “undesirable” in 1948 because he is gay has had that discharge status changed to […]