VETERANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Veterans for Human Rights · 12625 SW 62nd Ave. Portland, OR, 97219 · Ph/TXT: (971) 235-7432
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Welcome to the Veterans for Human Rights

Veterans for Human Rights, Inc. (VFHR) was incorporated in 1993 as a non-partisan public benefit corporation, organized and operating under the laws of the State of Oregon. The VFHR is one of only a handful of active LGBT ß 501(c)19 Ė Combat-Veteran non-profit organizations in the United States. The VFHR was founded for purposes of ending discrimination against the military service of openly gay and lesbian Americans to include U.S. Military enlistment and all related benefits. The VFHR promotes the general welfare of its members, with special reference to the full and equal recognition and protection of members' status as active, reserve or Veteran members of the U.S. Military. VFHR actively opposes all forms of discrimination and promotes the ideas and ideals of patriotism and firmly upholds the values and traditions established and upheld by our nationís military.

VFHR works closely with other local and national organizations in securing the full equal and civil rights for all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation, military discharge or marital status. VFHR provides legal resources and referrals for military service members, advocates on behalf of Veterans with HIV/AIDS, defends the unique issues and needs of women Veterans, assists with military discharge upgrades, and participates in local and regional outreach/stand-downs for homeless Veterans.

Following the repeal of Donít Ask Donít Tell in September of 2011, the VFHR actively continues its dedication to assisting Veterans and Active Duty service members in securing the benefits they have earned.

Learn more about the VfHR by clicking on the ABOUT / CONTACT link above.



Repeal of DADT has been certified!
Statement by the President on Certification of Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Friday 22 July 2011

Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tellí law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality. In accordance with the legislation that I signed into law last December, I have certified and notified Congress that the requirements for repeal have been met. ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tellí will end, once and for all, in 60 daysóon September 20, 2011.

As Commander in Chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. Todayís action follows extensive training of our military personnel and certification by Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen that our military is ready for repeal. As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.

I want to commend our civilian and military leadership for moving forward in the careful and deliberate manner that this change requires, especially with our nation at war. I want to thank all our men and women in uniform, including those who are gay or lesbian, for their professionalism and patriotism during this transition. Every American can be proud that our extraordinary troops and their families, like earlier generations that have adapted to other changes, will only grow stronger and remain the best fighting force in the world and a reflection of the values of justice and equality that the define us as Americans.

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Official Don't Ask Don't Tell Certification (PDF, 45KB)

State of Oregon Veterans for Human Rights Liscense Plate
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VfHR Oregon Liscense Plate!