The VfHR currently has two types of members, Full membership and Allies (associate) membership. Anyone can become an Associate member of the VfHR, whereas there are specific guidelines for becoming a member of the VfHR as a Veteran.
To meet the membership requirements for the state of Oregon, at least 90% of the "Full" members must be war veterans. In addition, substantially all the other members must be either veterans (but not war veterans), or cadets, spouses, widows, or widowers of war veterans, veterans or cadets. For the purpose of the 90% test, war veterans may include members of expeditionary forces who actually served in combat situations in foreign countries between the periods of war as defined below.
War veterans are defined as persons, whether or not present members of the United States Armed Forces, who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during a period of war. Periods of war are generally considered to be the same as set forth in 38 U.S.C. section 101 concerning veterans' benefits. See Rev. Rul. 59-151, 1959-1 C.B. 53, and Rev. Rul. 78-239, 1978-1 C.B. 162. Such periods include:
April 21, 1898 through July 4, 1902
April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918
December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975
August 2, 1990, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential Proclamation or by law.
Full Membership Application is available here. (.doc)
Associate Membership Application is available here. (.doc)
To complete your enrollment/membership application, please email it to:
VfHR Secretary or VfHR President
From the Revolutionary War to the conflicts of the present day, gay and lesbian Americans, unacknowledged patriots, have fought, bled and died defending the ideals upon which this nation was founded, even while they, themselves, were being denied those fundamental rights of liberty and equality.
For these women and men, however, there has been no peacetime; there has been no cease-fire. Every day and every night they have fought-and still fight-a second battle to overcome the ignorance, fear, bigotry and hatred of too many of their fellow comrades, their superiors, and their politicians. Some have needlessly died. Countless others have been foolishly wasted by a military establishment so concerned about maintaining a mythical image of itself, that it has failed to notice the deeper wounds it inflicts: compromising its own combat effectiveness, undermining its institutional integrity, and senselessly destroying the lives of its most dedicated members.
Despite irrefutable evidence of service to country with honor and distinction, they have been-and still remain-Unwanted Patriots, permitted to serve only when the reality of their presence and their honor can be denied. It is time for this denial to end. It is time for America to embrace reality, and set the record straight.