SB 946 creates the position of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to assist veterans in seeking review and appeal of their discharge status, and to help them in filing appeals, claims, and accessing other benefits that may be available. Under the bill, ODVA is also required to report to the Legislature the number of veterans served, the type of assistance provided, recommendations for expansion and improvement of services to be provided by the coordinator, and recommendations for how to better serve LGBT veterans. The bill passed in the Senate on a 24-5-1 vote on July 3rd and in the House on 38-21-1 vote on July 6th.

AOC Policy Manager Andrew Smith is in charge of the Veterans’ portfolio.