On May 30, 2014, in a dedication ceremony with the Army National Guard Honor Guard accompanied by bagpipes and drums, the veterans incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) unveiled a veterans' wall memorial. It is believed to be the first memorial of its kind within a state or federal correctional facility. The 117 honorably discharged adults in custody of the OSP Veterans’ Association (representing all five military service branches) worked in partnership with the Penitentiary’s administration and staff to complete the project. Adults in custody raised 100 percent of the construction budget through fundraising events and donations from community supporters.
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and various veterans’ organizations were in attendance alongside incarcerated veterans dedicating the memorial wall to honor the memory of all American veterans.
Founded in 1996, the OSP Veterans’ Association is an inmate organization with the chartered mission of supporting veterans while incarcerated and preparing veterans for return to the community. Various self-run and self-funded programs including PTSD services, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), veteran benefits counseling, and a veteran wellness program support the association motto, “Vets helping Vets.”