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Tribal Veterans

An estimated 3,856 of Oregon Veterans are American Indian, representing the nine federally recognized Tribes around the state. Tribal members have one of the highest records of military service per capita of any ethnic group, and the Native American communities in Oregon have a long and rich history of honoring and supporting all Veterans.

Working with the nine federally recognized Tribes, ODVA continues to appreciate the Tribal sovereignty and strong partners eager to assist Veterans and their families and is committed to developing strong relationships with Tribal Veterans and representatives who support them.

As a result of their military service, veterans and their eligible dependents may be entitled to state and federal veterans' benefits, such as healthcare, behavioral healthcare, dental care, monetary compensation or pension, education benefits, housing supports, etc.

For assistance with connecting with veteran services available at each Tribe, please email ODVA's Tribal Veteran Coordinator at or call/text (971) 239-6673.

For free copies of the Veteran Benefits Magazines, please click here for on-line ordering.

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Resources and Information

The Tribal Reimbursement Program provides a means for tribal health facilities to receive reimbursement from the federal VA for direct care services provided to American Indian and Alaskan Native eligible veterans. 

For more information: Federal VA: Tribal Health Care Benefits

​Through the Federal VA, veterans answer a series of questions to get customized step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a discharge upgrade or correction. 

If your application goes through and your discharge is upgraded, you’ll be eligible for the VA benefits you earned during your period of service.

Apply for a Discharge Upgrade​

​If you're a Veteran, and either you or your spouse is Native American, VA Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program may help you get a loan to buy, build, or improve a home on federal trust land. You may also get a loan to refinance an existing NADL and reduce your interest rate. Find out if you qualify for an NADL—click here for more information.

​Beginning April 4, 2023, eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans no longer have to pay a copay for VA health care services and urgent care. And we'll review copays we received for covered services on or after January 5, 2022. Click here to find out if you're eligible for a copay waiver.

​The STRONG Veterans Act was signed into law in December 2022 and addresses mental health care provided by VA. It contains 27 sections requiring VA to work collaboratively with the Indian Health Service and other partners to begin implementing the plan with a finalization date of December 2030.  Click here for more information.

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Did you know?

According to the Department of Defense, American Indians and Alaska Natives have one of the highest representations in the armed forces.