May 2018

May 17, 2018

WDVA proudly unveils Veterans Peer Corps Program

For Veterans whose service didn't end with the military, the Veterans Peer Corps provides training and local resources to help them connect with other veterans in their own community, providing valuable resources and opportunities for interaction.

As veterans advocates, you know that many veterans have a need for support services, including peer-to-peer interaction and connections. Some veterans need to talk about their experiences with combat, deployment, or other situations experienced during their time in the military. 

That’s what makes the Peer Corps so exciting! Who better than a fellow veteran to reach out and invite other veterans to join them, and to make sure they are connected to each and every benefit they earned by serving in the military.

A Veterans Peer Corps Member is a veteran, or a veteran’s dependent, who receives training and certification and then serves as a peer mentor by facilitating meetings and activities. The Veterans Peer Corps gives veterans places to gather, share experiences and stories, heal together, and ultimately create a sense of a Veteran Community within their own community.

The Veterans Peer Corps was created through the passage of SB 5849 in 2017, sponsored by Senator Jan Angel.

"I am so proud to have sponsored the bill to create such an amazing program using volunteers and folks to help our veterans in many aspects," said Senator Jan Angel.

Peer Corps Mentors will build community-based programs that connect veterans from all eras and backgrounds to each other; create opportunities for veterans to gather and participate in activities; and build camaraderie and trust through ongoing coaching, training opportunities, and support forums.

Sign up and learn more at:

-WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos

2018 Memorial Day Events & Observances

Events at Port Orchard Veterans Home

WDVA Sharing Our Story

It truly is an honor to share with you the stories of WDVA impacting our veterans.  

Volunteering at the Walla Walla Veterans Home

Volunteers at the Walla Walla Veterans Home were recently celebrated for their service to our veterans during a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Our volunteers are doing great work on behalf of our Resident Veterans and we can't thank them enough for their dedication and commitment to Serving Those Who Served!  A sincere thank you and appreciation for all that they do at the Walla Walla Veterans Home. #WeLoveOurCommunity

3rd Annual Serving Those Who Served Conference is Coming to Wenatchee on August 1 and 2.

Space is limited and Registration is Required!  Visit to register today!

Conference Overview:

The purpose of this two day conference is to provide an opportunity for collaboration, networking and professional development in the area of Veterans and their families.

Wednesday, August 1st, 8:00 AM - Thursday, August 2nd, 4:00 PM

Networking Social: Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM, Pybus Market

For overnight room accommodations, a block of rooms are available at The Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel - - 509-662-1234.

(Accommodations will not covered by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs or the conference.)

10.5 CEs for Breakout Sessions  

For more information contact Melissa at

VA Introduces New Feature That Allows Veterans to Securely Access Medical Images Online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released a new online feature through the My HealtheVet portal that allows Veterans to access their medical images and associated study reports online.

Called VA Medical Images and Reports, the feature allows Veterans with a premium account to view, download and share copies of their radiology studies, such as X-rays, mammograms, MRIs and CTs, from the VA Electronic Health Record (EHR).

“With VA Medical Images and Reports, patients have the option of obtaining their images and reports online, eliminating the need to visit a VA facility to acquire a copy of their information,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This feature aligns with VA Blue Button’s concept, which simplifies patient access to their personal health information by allowing them to retrieve it securely online.”

Veterans can view a list of accessible radiology studies, which are available in My HealtheVet, three calendar days after the study report has been verified. When a request for a specific study is completed, Veterans can view a lower resolution thumbnail copy of the images and the associated radiology report online, or download a zip file that contains the report and diagnostic quality images.


VA Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is offering two opportunities for early participation in the new, more efficient claims decision review process outlined in the historic Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

These two opportunities will allow eligible Veterans to receive a review of a decision on a claim much faster than the current appeals process.

“VA is committed to transforming the appeals process,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This is evidenced by the success of Rapid Appeals Modernization Program which has seen over 12,000 Veterans opt-in.  In addition, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals has issued approximately 46,000 decisions this fiscal year — nearly 23,000 more decisions than last year at this time. We are on pace to reach a historical fiscal goal of 81,000 decisions.” 

First, VA will expand the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) by removing the requirement that Veterans first receive an invitation from VA in order to elect participation in the program.



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Recently Hired a Veteran?
Join YesVets!

After you’ve notified us that you’ve hired a veteran, we will contact you to arrange delivery of your YesVets decals, to be prominently and proudly displayed at your place of business.

Thank you for your support of those who served!

Visit for more information and to signup!


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