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"No army is comprised of all the same kind of units or type of troops. There is power in diversity. If you always see only one choice, or use only one opition, you will surely lose more than you win." - A.J. Darkholme
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Assembled together our Co-coordinators embody the underrepresented populations within the Military Connected Community to ensure that everyone's voice is heard and that the benefits and services they have earned are accessible.
The Military and Veteran Resource Center is dedicated to the pursuit that all Active Duty Servicemembers, Veterans, and family members at Oregon State University have access to the benefits and services we provide, and assistance connecting to those provided by campus partners, local, state, and federal agencies, regardless of personal background or identity.
If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:
WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
Our vision is to CONNECT over 2 million Women Veterans (and our supporters) globally for the PURPOSE of sharing our gifts, talents, resources and experience. We are committed to creating a community that Equips, Empowers, & Encourages women that have served our country with knowledge, resources, mentorship, and career opportunities to discover & fulfill their greatest potential.
Women veterans are often underserved and unrecognized in our communities. We are reaching out to women veterans and those that are transitioning out of the military. We connect them with the training, tools, support and resources to discover and/or advance their career path as well as connect women vets with each other.
Our mission is to serve Women Veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. Our programs address the growing needs of the increasing population of military women transitioning to civilian life. We address the top four needs that Women Veterans have self-identified as crucial to the success of their transition: Education, Employment, Housing, and Childcare.
Office Phone (310) 733-2450
Established in 2017, WoVeN is a vibrant community for women Veterans of all eras and service branches. In addition to providing community, WoVeN strives to empower women Veterans with information, education, and resources to improve their quality of life.
Connection and community are at the core of the WoVeN program. You can get involved in WoVeN by joining a WoVeN group, becoming a WoVeN Peer Leader, or interacting with other women Veterans through our Facebook Community Page.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) welcomes all Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivor beneficiaries, including diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. “LGBTQ+” refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. The “+” sign captures identities beyond LGBTQ, including but not limited to questioning, pansexual, asexual, agender, gender diverse, nonbinary, gender-neutral, and other identities. LGBTQ+ Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. As a healthcare institution, we need to make sure that LGBTQ+ Veterans know that they are welcome at Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ+ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families, and allies. Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, we are a united voice for the LBGTQ+ military and veteran community.
As a non-partisan, non-profit (501c3) organization, we are working to make a real difference in the lives of our modern military families through education, advocacy, and support. We also provide free, direct legal services for the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ military and veteran communities.
The LGBTQ+ Veteran Coordinator serves a role similar to other veteran service officers, connecting LGBTQ+ veterans to federal and state benefits, such as VA health care, disability compensation, and pension, houselessness resources, and more. ODVA's LGBTQ+ Veteran Office is here to serve and support those interested in learning about and accessing veteran benefits in Oregon. Additionally, this office can assist with discharge upgrades and military record corrections as well.
The LGBTQ+ Veteran Coordinator office works to build a strong community of and for LGBTQ+ veterans in Oregon, while also helping shape Oregon laws for the LGBTQ+ and veteran communities through advocacy and direct recommendations to the Legislature.
For assistance or to schedule a consultation appointment contact the LGBTQ+ Veterans Coordinator at (503) 373-2327 (office) or (971) 720-9016 (cell) or [email protected].
The term "Veterans who are minorities" means Veterans who are identified as African Americans, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian. As a minority Servicemember or Veteran, you may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We encourage you to learn about available resources and programs and to apply for the benefits you may have earned.
NAMVETS of America works to ensure that all Veterans – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion and equal access to resources, information and benefits. We particularly focus on Veterans of Color because they face persistent obstacles and challenges in accessing the benefits for which they sacrificed to achieve. Studies have consistently shown a persistent disparity in access to housing, employment and VA Benefits between Veterans of Color and the broader Veteran population. It is the goal of NAMVETS of America to leave no Veteran behind because the lives of all Veterans matter.
WHO WE ARE
A space minority veterans gather together to connect and to fight for justice for our collective communities
WHAT WE DO
We are building an intersectional movement of minority veterans and allies. We advocate equity, respect, and justice for all veterans. We’re creating community among our members and delivering culturally informed programming.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Become part of a collective voice that is bigger, stronger, and more capable of fighting for change! Whether you’re a minority, or an ally; there’s a place in Minority Veterans of America for you!
Black Veterans Project furthers research and storytelling to advance racial equity in and out of uniform. We lead a movement for racial inclusion and justice across the United States military while ensuring the welfare of all Black veterans who’ve served.
Here at NABVETS we don’t like to toot our own horn or talk too loud about the things we’ve worked to do to improve the lives of Veterans, especially Black Veterans. Truth is, though, we are literally the sum of our parts: we are individual Veterans who have come together under one mission – to improve the lives of other Veterans; we are the families of Veterans who donate their time and, in some cases, money to improve the lives of Veterans; we are communities who need Veterans to help provide hope to families, the youth and the weak. At the end of the day, all we hope to give is a world that is just a little bit better off than the one we have.
The American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA) is a registered 501c3 that exists to help American Latino veterans thrive after their military service, access the benefits they have earned, and enhance recognition of Latino contributions to our nation’s defense since before its inception.
To help Latino veterans thrive and recognize their indispensable contributions
A day when all Latino veterans are empowered, successful and respected
Started in 2002, the Native American Veterans Association began as a mutual fraternal non-profit organization 501 (c)(3), built around the American military culture with a rich history and legacy that dates back to and around the creation of our great nation. We are a Native American based organization that stretches its helping hand out to all tribal and non-tribal veterans and their families.
NAVA is also an advocate for veterans and their families. Our services include assisting veterans and dependents when applying for Federal, State, and County benefits and all other rights to which they are entitled in the most expedient manner possible.
The official colors of NAVA are black, red, purple and gold. The black represents our POW/MIAs and those who still have not returned to us. The red is a very strong color to veterans and represents the blood of those shed in battle. The purple represents the Purple Heart, and the gold respresents Honor in Service.
We are a small non-profit organization (IRS Approved 501-C-3) made up of Native American Veterans working to make a difference in this challenging world on the reservations. Historically Native Americans have volunteered for military services at a much higher rate than other demographics in the United States. We are very proud to defend this great country. Yet so many of us return to the very challenging conditions of unemployment and violence on the reservations. We appreciate your willingness to help us make a difference.
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
This mission is carried forward by:
DVNF was founded in 2007 by six women veterans, each with years of experience as State Women Veterans Coordinators in various states around the country. At work, these officials were confronted on a daily basis with the inability of an already overworked Department of Veterans Affairs to adequately deal with the considerable increase of disabled and at-risk veterans coming home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They created DVNF with the goal of addressing the chronic gap in services for these veterans. After several years of building its organizational capacity, DVNF hired Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.) in late 2013 upon his retirement from a 27-year career in the United States Marine Corps. A recipient of the Purple Heart, VanFonda remained in the Marines after being injured in combat. His final assignment in the Marine Corps was serving as the Regimental Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Regiment, responsible for the coordination of non-medical care for combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines.
Taking the reins at DVNF, VanFonda recognized the needs of veterans who weren’t yet categorized as disabled, but were still dealing with the psychological and emotional impacts of personal and family situations, which put them in a highly “at-risk” category. DVNF began to focus its efforts to meet the needs of veterans in this broad category through targeted programs and collaboration with other organizations in communities throughout the country. Today, DVNF continues to grow in the services it provides veterans, and has added new key staff members with a wide range of experience, many of whom served in the military. We come to work each day knowing that we will make a difference in a veteran’s life; a great responsibility that we don’t take lightly.
We are available via phone, email, and in the Office of the Registrar:
Phone: 541-737-0747, Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Office: 102 Kerr Administration, Monday -- Friday 8am to 5pm
Email: [email protected]