Veteran Services

According to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, there are approximately 300,000 veterans living in Oregon today. It is a diverse community, spanning four generations with service in five major wars. They are men and women, young and old, urban and rural. One in 14 Oregonians is a veteran.

Because Oregonians care so deeply about the welfare of our veteran community, voters directed Lottery dollars to help fund veteran services. Since then, 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds have gone annually to help veterans with essential services like healthcare, job placement, education and home loans. They also help address the difficult but important topics of homelessness and mental health among our veteran population.

Oregonians care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and abroad. Creating this new level of support for veteran services is Oregon’s way of saying thank you, and welcome home.

1 in 10

adult Oregonians is a military veteran

Supporting Military Veterans Across Oregon

Veteran Service Offices (VSOs)

When voters elected to direct Oregon Lottery funds to veteran services, VSOs across Oregon received new funding and, with it, new opportunities to serve our local heroes: our military veterans. Learn more about how the VSO in Josephine County connects veterans to their earned benefits and the creative ways they connect veterans to each other.

Veteran Service Officer

Veteran Services in Yamhill County

Student veteran using a laptop

BMCC Veterans’ Resource Center

peer support

Peer-to-Peer Support for Veterans

Lottery building Salem Oregon

Military Vet Jordan G.

Warrenton memorial

Honoring Veterans in Warrenton

Lottery headquarters in Salem
I think that everybody should serve…. Your service teaches you responsibility and builds character.
— Kevin Ehlers, US Navy Veteran and Oregon Lottery employee
illustration with the words Thank You and veteran medals

Explore All Veteran Services Stories

Want to see all the Veteran Services grants and projects supported by Lottery dollars in your county? Or even across the state?

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