We want to make working with Washington State Government easier

The state of Washington wants to learn more about your interactions with its government services to better support your needs. Please take this 15-minute survey https://watech1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_723xYcpmStRfemi?Agency=WDVA&Channel=website for a chance to win a $200 gift card (your choice of 1,000+ options)!

The Veteran Legislative Coalition (VLC) hosts its Annual Legislative Reception

OLYMPIA, Wash.  — The Veteran Legislative Coalition (VLC) hosted a remarkable reception at the Legislative Building on Friday January 12, honoring both veterans and legislators who have shown unwavering support for them.

VLC member receiving card from GOV Inslee

The reception, attended by esteemed legislators and distinguished veterans, was a testament to the commitment and sacrifice exhibited by these remarkable individuals. Their actions serve as a constant source of inspiration, motivating others to make a positive difference in their communities.

Among the attendees was Governor Jay Inslee, who publicly thanked VLC member Susan Woods and gave her a card signed by many attendees for all her hard work and coordination for the event.

The event provided an opportunity for attendees to come together and express their gratitude for the sacrifices made by veterans and the legislators who champion their cause. It was a joyous occasion, filled with heartfelt conversations and shared memories. The camaraderie and sense of unity in the room were visible, creating an atmosphere of appreciation and respect.

During the event, members of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) were provided an opportunity to recognize several legislators with Outstanding Service to Veterans awards.  

Solomin Gilbert and Senator Gildon

(pictured left is Senator Gildon, pictured right is Representative Chapman who received an award from a previous year.  Representative Leavitt was also recognized in 2023 and received her award during the Auburn Veterans Day Parade in November.

David Puente and Rep. Chapman

The VLC is committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of veterans, ensuring they receive the support they deserve. Through events like this reception, they aim to raise awareness about the invaluable contributions of veterans and foster a greater understanding of their unique challenges.

For more information about the Veteran Legislative Coalition and their initiatives, please visit,  

VLC - Veterans Legislative Coalition | WDVA (wa.gov) To learn more about the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) visit Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) | WDVA (wa.gov)



For more photos visit Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs’s albums | Flickr