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Women Veterans

In 2015, Oregon became one of only a handful of states to have established a permanent, full-time women veterans coordinator — dedicated to serving the unique needs of women veterans.

It is the goal of ODVA and the women veterans coordinator to improve advocacy and outreach to women who have served in the military, gather better data and research on women veterans in Oregon, participate in policy that is (or may be) relevant to women veterans, and help advance the level of care women veterans receive in Oregon.

We understand that working for women veterans means hearing your questions, problems issues or concerns. Of course, it also means hearing what's working. With all this in mind, we approach this exciting new position with women veterans at the forefront of all we do.

For assistance with Oregon women veteran resources, please contact Sheronne Blasi at (503) 931-5780 or ORWomenVets@odva.state.or.us.

Resources and Information

“I Am Not Invisible” is a remarkable exhibition featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans. The project is the brainchild of PSU Veterans Resource Center Director Felita Singleton and ODVA Women Veterans Coordinator Elizabeth Estabrooks. After debuting Feb 24 at the Portland Art Museum, the exhibit began a traveling campaign, and will be appearing at various locations throughout the state.

For more information: I Am Not Invisible​

According to the VA, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 8 men experience some form of sexual assault, harassment or rape on active duty, and  according to the Oregon Women’s Health Study, 59% of Oregon women veterans surveyed stated they experienced some form of sexual assault (including harassment) while on active duty. Further, some research suggests those identifying as LGBTQ are disproportionately exposed to military sexual trauma.

If you experienced any form of sexual assault, harassment, rape, or domestic violence while on active duty and still suffer mental or physical health problems today, you are eligible to receive counseling and services at the VA, regardless of discharge status, time in service, or disability status. You may also be eligible for service-connected disability benefits as a result of these experiences.

If you have not filed for benefits or you filed and were denied and would like to learn more about the changed rules regarding filing for these benefits, please contact your local VSO​ or the Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator.

RESOURCES:

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

VA Services for Military Sexual Trauma

MST and IPV Coordinators:

Portland

Guy Tyler, LCSW
(360) 696-4061 x31591
Guy.Tyler@va.gov

Aysha Crain, LCSW
(503) 220-3476
Aysha.Crain2@va.gov

Roseburg

Tamera Dreier, MSW, LCSW
(541) 440-1000 x45199
Tamera.Dreier@va.gov

White City

Brynne Johannsen, PhD
(541) 826-2111 x3046
Brynne.Johannsen@va.gov

Walla Walla

Jennifer Oetman, LICSW
(509) 525-5200 x26976
Jennifer.Oetman@va.gov

Boise

Wendy Coffman, LCSW, LMFT
(208) 422-1000 x4201
Wendy.Coffman@va.gov

Women Veterans Program Managers advise and advocate for women veterans and can help coordinates all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. 

Choose a location below to be directed to the webpage for the Women Veterans Program Manager at each site.

Portland VA Health Care System

Roseburg VA Health Care System

Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)

Walla Walla VAMC

Boise VAMC​

For more information: Federal VA: Women Veterans Program Managers

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is pleased to announce the release of the Women Veterans Health Care Study 2016, a comprehensive review of physical and mental health care services for Oregon women veterans that includes findings and recommendations for changes to improve delivery, accessibility and use of health care services. 

The Oregon Legislature initiated the study through House Bill 2539 that Governor Kate Brown signed into law in 2015. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at ODVA if we can help answer any questions regarding the study or services for Oregon’s women veterans.​

For more information: Read the Online Report​


 

ODVA Women Veterans Coordinator

To contact our office:

Call or text: (503) 931-5780

Email: ORWomenVets@odva.state.or.us

Follow us: facebook.com/OregonWomenVeterans

Did you know?

In the 1970s and 80s many contributions made by women in World War II were formally recognized through laws that granted these women with veteran status.
 
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