Queer Veterans Resources

Queer Veterans Peer Mentor

The QRC's Queer Veterans Peer Mentor (QVPM) position is currently vacant. Other staff are welcome to assist you with information about available resources or to meet for support - email qrc@pdx.edu with inquiries!

When filled, this position typically serves as the point of contact for Queer and Trans veteran students seeking resources, services, or support unique to their veteran status. The QVPM offers culturally competent peer support to assist students transitioning from military life to college life as well as acts as a liaison between other organizations on campus and in the wider community.

Campus Resources

PSU Veterans Services

https://www.pdx.edu/veterans/veterans-services

Consisting of the Certification Office and the Veterans Resource Center, PSU’s Veterans Services aims to assist student veterans in processing and certifying VA or DoD education benefits as well as offering other resources and support to veterans, service members, and their families.

Veterans Resource Center

https://www.pdx.edu/veterans/vrc

The Veterans Resource Center is a place where student veterans, service members, and their families can go for support with transitioning to student life and to connect with others. They also assist the faculty and administration in understanding the unique cultural differences of the student veteran population.

Job Search Resources for Student Veterans

https://www.pdx.edu/careers/job-search-resources-veterans

Links to employment resources geared toward student veterans provided by Advising & Career Services.

Community Resources

VA Portland Health Care System

https://www.portland.va.gov/

The Portland VA offers health care services to veterans residing in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

VA Portland LGBT Veterans

https://www.portland.va.gov/services/Lesbian_Gay_Bisexual_and_Transgender_Veterans.asp

The Portland VA strives to provide culturally competent care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) veterans. The Portland VA offers LGBT affirmative mental health care, support groups, hormone therapy, pre- and post-care for gender confirmation surgery, and voice retraining therapy. The Portland VA also has its own LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator.

VA Portland Military Sexual Trauma

https://www.portland.va.gov/services/mst.asp

Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military, known as Military Sexual Trauma (MST), are unfortunately common experiences for many service members and veterans regardless of sex or gender identity. The Portland VA has its own MST Coordinator to assist veterans with MST-related issues.

VA Portland Community Resource and Referral Center

https://www.portland.va.gov/locations/crrc.asp

The Portland VA Community Resource and Referral Center assists veterans who are houseless or at risk of becoming houseless.

Portland Vet Center

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=6164

Vet Centers are community based mental health treatment centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They serve combat veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. The Portland Vet Center hosts an LGBT Drop-In Group on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at the Q Center in Portland.

Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs LGBTQ Veterans

http://www.oregon.gov/odva/resources/pages/lgbtq-veterans.aspx

The State of Oregon has its own LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator. The State of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veteran Services assists LGBTQ veterans upgrading their discharge status if they were given an other-than-honorable discharge under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy as well as correcting military records.

Multnomah County Veteran Services

https://multco.us/veterans-services

Assists veterans residing in Multnomah County.

Clackamas County Veteran Services

http://www.clackamas.us/socialservices/veterans.html

Assists veterans residing in Clackamas County.

Washington County Veteran Services

http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/DAVS/Veterans/index.cfm

Assists veterans residing in Washington County.

Clark County Veterans Assistance Center

http://ccvac.net/

The Clark County Veterans Assistance Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in Southwest Washington.

Returning Veterans Project

http://www.returningveterans.org/

The Returning Veterans Project provides free health and wellness services to post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members, and their families through a network of providers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

National Advocacy

OutServe – Service Members Legal Defense Network

http://www.outserve-sldn.org/

OutServe-SLDN provides  free legal assistance to veterans and service members discharged under other-than-honorable conditions as a result of the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, those affected by the current ban on open Transgender service, and those currently serving who are or are at risk of experiencing harassment and/or discrimination.

Transgender American Veterans Association

http://transveteran.org/

The Transgender American Veterans Association advocates on behalf of Transgender veterans to ensure that they receive appropriate medical care from the Veterans Health Administration.

American Military Partner Association

http://militarypartners.org/

The American Military Partner Association provides resources and support to the partners, spouses, and families of LGBTQ service members.

American Veterans for Equal Rights

http://aver.us/

American Veterans for Equal Rights is a nonprofit veterans service organization dedicated to ensuring LGBTQ service members and veterans receive full and equal rights and equitable treatment.

The Mesothelioma Center

https://www.asbestos.com/veterans/

Provides free information, resources and personal assistance to those who have been affected by diseases as a result of asbestos exposure, which includes countless veterans due to the military's past reliance on asbestos. They also can help veterans file for their VA benefits.