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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - Message from our Director

Published: 03/08/2022

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  At YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, we know that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects veterans of all ages. TBI is often referred to as an invisible wound, which is why it’s so important for veterans and families to understand basic facts about Brain Injury.

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Calling all Washington Residents...Help Us Decide the Suicide Prevention Program Logo Contest Winner!

Published: 03/07/2022

Calling all Washington Residents...Help Us Decide the Suicide Prevention Program Logo Contest Winner!

The time has finally arrived, we need YOUR help to decide on the brand that will represent both our Washington State Governor’s Challenge, and your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program! These three finalists were selected by the Governor’s Challenge… read more

Washington State Patriotic Day Proclamation

Published: 03/05/2022

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Honoring Womens History Month

Published: 03/02/2022

On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a celebration that begin in 1911 to call notice to the economic, political, and social achievements of women around the globe. While we continue to observe that celebration individually, Women’s History Month has grown around it, expanding into the entirety of March and recognized by the United State Congress since 1987.… read more

Black History Month - An Overview of Black Veterans

Published: 02/22/2022

Black soldiers have served in every war in the history of the United States though the armed forces were not officially desegregated until 1948 when President Truman signed Executive Order 9981. The order declared “that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion… read more

Purple Heart State - Washington Purple Heart Sign Campaign

Published: 02/16/2022

You can help recognize Washington
as a Purple Heart State
Donate today!

All Individuals and Organizations are invited to donate to thank and honor Veterans who were killed or wounded and received a Purple Heart in service to their country. Donations in any amount are welcome and every donation counts! 
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WDVA Podcast: Suicide Prevention & Getting to Know WDVA's Newest Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist

Published: 02/14/2022

WDVA Podcast: Suicide Prevention & Getting to Know WDVA's Newest Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist

The first episode of 2022 for the WDVA Podcast is here! Michael Badgley, WDVA's newest Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist, joins the show to talk about suicide prevention, including his own personal story with it.

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Directors Message - Suicide Prevention Program Campaign

Published: 02/09/2022

Dear Washington Residents,

We need your help to end suicide among Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF). With the rates of SMVF suicides showing no decrease in recent years, we need to work together to support our Veteran and Military community.

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Brief History of Black Veterans - WDVA

Published: 02/04/2022

Despite their constant presence in even the earliest iterations of the nation’s armed forces, the service of a Black individual has only recently been measured equally against that of a white servicemember. Though more visceral and violent acts of discrimination may have greatly diminished in our modern era, there’s still advancement to be made.

Honoring Black History Month - Black Health and Wellness

Published: 02/02/2022