Women veterans, chaplains, academics, faith and lay leaders will come together on May 14 and 15 for a conference on moral injury to be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A relatively new area of research, moral injury occurs when a combat veteran struggles with the ethical and moral ambiguities of war — their sense of right and wrong being violated. This has a profound effect on their social, behavioral and spiritual functioning.

"Moral injury happens when a soldier's deeply-held religious beliefs or world views are shattered due to something they witness or take part in," explained Dr. Daniel Roberts, president and CEO of the Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc., the group sponsoring the conference

The Women Veterans Military Moral Injury Conference will bring together those from various fields to help heal women veterans who suffer moral injury during their time serving.


Women Veteran Conference 2020 Postponed to 2021


After careful consideration for the safety of women veterans, participants and staff of Riverhouse on the Deschutes as well as our own staff, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has decided to postpone the 2020 Oregon Women Veterans Conference. 

While we share your disappointment, our foremost mission in these times of a pandemic must be safety as we serve our community. However, we also look to the future and serving women veterans through our long-standing traditions, such as this conference. 

Toward that end, we have rescheduled the Conference for May 22 – 23, 2021. If you have already registered as an attendee or committed to participate as a vendor or sponsor for this year’s event, please look for an email from our agency in the coming months. We appreciate everyone's involvement and support in making this conference a meaningful experience. 

Our apologies to those of you who registered and may have inadvertently received an email from Riverhouse on the Deschutes. It was not our intent for you to receive that email from them before first being notified by our agency.

Please mark your calendars now and save the dates to attend the 2021 Women Veterans Conference.  You can also check-in for updates as we begin planning at www.wvc.oregondva.com

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in May 2021 at Riverhouse on the Deschutes!