Where Does the Money Go?

Lottery Dollars Support Veteran Services

When lots of Oregonians each play a bit of lottery, funds add up to support services for Oregon’s heroes — our military veterans.

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 Yamhill County connects veterans to their earned benefits and the creative ways they connect veterans to their community.

Two women vets pose for a photo

Supporting Oregon’s Women Veterans

Two women vets pose for a photo

Supporting Oregon’s Women Veterans

An army colonel greets visitors

Courtney Place — Veterans’ Housing

Veteran Service Officer

Veteran Services in Yamhill County

Laura sits with her two dogs on a couch at Tanner Project

The Tanner Project

Student veteran using a laptop

BMCC Veterans’ Resource Center

Erin McDermott of the Tanner Project
Our veterans create their own goals with case managers of what they want to work on while they’re here. The ultimate goal is, of course, that they find stable housing.
— Erin McDermott, Program Coordinator, The Tanner Project Read More
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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Qualifying for Funding — Veteran Services

Student veterans, as well as organizations providing services to Oregon veterans, could qualify for lottery-funded grants through the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs.