VA Portland Health Care System
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.
VA Portland Health Care System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is committed to providing quality health care to all Veterans. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans’ health care should be culturally competent by responding to specific medical concerns and advancing practices with research and discovery. VA encourages LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of their rights and VA policies.
VA Portland Health Care System LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators;
Aakash Kishore, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist (they/them or he/him):
ShaToya Parker, Administrative Officer (she/her):
503-220-8262 ext. 50223
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program
As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.
To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBT Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.