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 § 501(c)19 – 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 nation’s 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 Don’t Ask Don’t 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.

VHA Implementation of U.S. v. Windsor for Health Care Benefits Applications
Thursday, 21 June 2014

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 1 U.S.C. § 7, violates Fifth Amendment principles by discriminating against legally married same-sex couples. On September 4, 2013, the Attorney General announced that the President had directed the Executive Branch to cease enforcement of similar provisions in 38 U.S.C. §§ 101(3) and 101(31), which defining "surviving spouse" and "spouse," to the extent that they limit benefit entitlement to individuals in opposite-sex marriages. Another provision, 38 U.S.C. § 103(c), provides that "[i]n determining whether or not a person is or was a spouse of a Veteran, their marriage shall be proven as valid for the purposes of all laws administered by the Secretary according to the law of the place where the parties resided at the time of the marriage or the law of the place where the parties resided when the right to benefits accrued." OGC has issued guidance regarding VA's implementation of 103(c).

In order to implement Windsor and the President's directive, VHA will inform Veterans and beneficiaries of the recent changes in the law and that VA will comply with section 103(c) in administering benefits involving a same-sex marriage. Click here to learn more about the implementation plan.

Presidential Memorandum-Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees
How To Determine If VA Will Recognize a Marriage?

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