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NEWS RELEASE - Historic PACT Act will expand benefits for thousands of veterans in Washington state

Published: 08/11/2022

Historic PACT Act will expand benefits for thousands of veterans in Washington state

August 5, 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee and leaders from the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs are applauding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the historic PACT Act.

Once signed by President Biden… read more

Message from the WDVA Director - Celebrating our Auxiliary Service Organizations

Published: 08/10/2022

To our Veteran Service Organizations Auxiliaries:

A few weeks ago, David Puente, your WDVA Deputy Director and I, had the privilege of speaking to members of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary at their annual convention in the Tri-Cities.  The event was not only well attended,… read more

PROCLAMATION - Purple Heart Recipient Recognition Day - August 7, 2022

Published: 08/07/2022

WHEREAS, our nation and its principles have been defended throughout history by brave and patriotic men and women who willingly sacrificed their own well-being for the cause
of freedom and democracy; and
WHEREAS, President George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit to honor brave military personnel; and
WHEREAS, in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of George… read more

New Washington State Military Spouse Liaison Facebook Page

Published: 08/03/2022

Now announcing our newest social media platform, our Washington State Military Spouse Liaison Facebook page. Get connected with updates on employment, child care, military resources and military life in Washington State.

Please follow us and share the page with your community for news, resources, and content geared towards supporting our military spouses and their families in… read more

Suicide Prevention Spotlight Series: Episode 3 

Published: 07/22/2022

Suicide Prevention Spotlight Series: Episode 3 

Introducing Connie O’Brien-Larsen (center), the Region 2 Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist for the WDVA. She is the spouse of a Native American Vietnam Veteran, US Army Ret. She spent three years serving in Vet Corps on campus and one year as a Regional Coordinator for Vet… read more

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches - DOH Press Release

Published: 07/18/2022

Marks Washington’s first phase of building understanding, hope and a path forward for those in need

OLYMPIA – 988 is the new, nationwide, three-digit dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The 988 dialing code connects people via call, text, or chat, to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) where compassionate, accessible care and… read more

List of Available Veterans Conservation Corps Paid Internships - Help Make a Difference in Your Community

Published: 07/16/2022

List of Available Veterans Conservation Corps Paid Internships - Help Make a Difference in Your Community

The Veterans Conservation Corps was created in 2005 in an effort to help veterans find healing and purpose through the restoration and cultivation of Washington's natural resources.

This WDVA program links veterans to internships and volunteer opportunities around the state… read more

Armed Forces License Plates - Purchase One Today

Published: 07/13/2022

Armed Forces License Plates

The Washington Department of Licensing issues license plates to eligible veterans/military/family members.

There are six separate designs, each containing a symbol representing a different branch of the armed forces to include Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and WA National Guard.

Learn More:… read more

Vet Corps Programs Makes a Difference in the Community - Now Recruiting

Published: 07/11/2022

Vet Corps is a program that uses peer-to-peer connections to assist in bridging the gaps between veterans and their families and available resources or benefits. Vet Corps members are trained to assist on college campuses or in community settings and support these organizations. They create welcoming, inclusive spaces that help veterans navigate higher education, get better connected to their… read more

Help us welcome your first, of many, WDVA Military Spouse Fellow, Courtney Distelrath!

Published: 07/06/2022

Help us welcome your first, of many, WDVA Military Spouse Fellow, Courtney Distelrath!

WDVA is thrilled to welcome our first Military Spouse Fellow to our team. The position is part of Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Fellowship program, a six-week paid work experience.

The Military Spouse Fellow will be focused on outreach, administration, and projects serving Washington… read more