October 2018

WA State Celebrates 3,000 Veterans Hired through YesVets Initiative

Truly honored to announce that the 3,000th veteran was hired in October through the #YesVets Initiative.

YesVets is a veteran hiring campaign created to recognize and thank employers who choose to say, “YES” to hiring veterans in Washington State.  Since the state launched the initiative in 2016, over 700 employers have joined YesVets and hired 3,000 veterans. 

​​​​​​We know that hiring veterans is a great way to tap an already skilled talent pool and to retain a diverse labor force in our state

I commend the work of our partner in the YesVets Initiative, Employment Security Department, Chambers of Commerce and Washington State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for all of their hard work in growing this ever-so-important campaign that is helping to employ thousands of veterans.

Washington State continues to urge businesses to say “yes” to the state’s veterans when filling open positions. Employers who hire a veteran are recognized with a YesVets window decal and vehicle bumper sticker they can display at their business to demonstrate support for America’s service members.

Now that we have reached 3,000, we have our goals set to 5,000 and we need YOUR help! Join this powerful campaign and hire a veteran today! Learn more and sign up at www.YesVets.org


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College Place High Cleans Up Walla Walla Veterans Home 

Shout out and a huge thank you to the College Place High School students who spent a September morning working outside and cleaning up the Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH) Veterans' Courtyard and gravel parking areas!  All of the weeding, digging and raking made an incredible difference on the WWVH Campus.

They did a tremendous job, all with positive and helpful attitudes. After the hard work was finished, many of the students even took a moment to shake hands with veterans who were sitting outside watching the progress, and thanked them for their service. #WeLoveOurCommunity

The Brooklynn Project Visits Spokane Veterans Home 

Sandy Densmore from The Brooklynn Project visited the Spokane Veterans Home with her family in October.  They took roses to each and every resident in the home to bring cheer and smiles to all.  Densmore named The Brooklynn Project after her duagher who passed away, which was the inspiration for her to conduct random acts of kindness throughout Washington State.  We would like to thank Sandy and her family for dropping off the roses and visiting with our veterans to thank them for their service.

Washington Soldiers Home Visits WA State Fair

In September, the Outdoors for ALL organization came out to the Washington Soldiers Home for the Annual Bikes for ALL event.  This program is set up to give any veteran with a desire to ride a bike an opportunity to cruise around the soldiers home campus.   Residents were excited for the chance to ride again and off they went with joy and satisfaction expressed on their faces throughout the morning.

The fun didn't just stop there...Washington Soldiers Home veterans also enjoyed a trip to the Washington State Fair.  Special thanks to the WSH Resident Council, JBLM BOSS, the American Red Cross from JBLM, the Delta Theta Tau Sorority Lambda Alpha Chapter and the individual volunteers who supported residents' day at the fair.

Soldiers Home Cemetery is Getting a Facelift

Thanks to the Washington State Legislature and the efforts of the Restore America Project, the Soldiers Home Cemetery received $250,000 in the Capital Budget. The funds will complete the process of raising, re-aligning and cleaning the remaining 600 headstones, paving of the driveway entrance, and crowning of the Douglas fir trees throughout the property. Weather permitting, the paving project will begin on October 25.  The cemetery will be closed to visitors from October 25 through November 1 to allow the paving to be completed.  If you have questions about this project, please contact heidia@dva.wa.gov















World War 1 Centennial & 2018 Veterans Day Event


WDVA Joins other State Agencies to Brief 7th Infantry Division

With over 70% of service members and their families assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord living off-base in surrounding communities, it is important that these veterans and their families are aware of their many earned benefits available to them through the State of Washington.

Your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) was honored to join numerous other state agencies for a Washington State Resources Briefing to the 7th Infantry Division (ID) Leadership and Spouses.

Along with WDVA, the Governor’s Office, Department of Commerce, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Social & Health Services, Employment Security Department, and others briefed the 7th ID leaders and spouses of their available resources.

These briefings are important in keeping service members and their families updated with the many available benefits, resources and current programs available to assist veterans and their families through state agencies.

To learn more about these briefings, please contact Isaia “Ace” Vimoto at Isaia.Vimoto@dva.wa.gov.













NOMINATE NOW: Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards

Nominations Being Accepted Now!

Nomination Form  Deadline for submissions is October 19th, 2018.

You know who they are, volunteers, service officers, community members or others who day in and day out go above and beyond the call of duty making sure veterans and their family members are cared for.  Whether they submit claims for benefits, arrange funeral honors for grieving families, coordinate  events or donate countless hours in veterans hospitals or nursing homes, here is your chance to nominate them for one of seven Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards. 

Email LisaN@dva.wa.gov for more information.



PHOTOS: Forgotten Heroes Interment held at Medical Lake for Unclaimed Remains of 55 Veterans

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake held a Forgotten Heroes interment for over 50 unclaimed veterans in September.

Unclaimed veterans’ remains from throughout Washington state were escorted to the cemetery, where they were ceremoniously turned over to the state Department of Veterans Affairs for burial.

More than 50 veterans were buried in their final resting place with full military honors at this community service. 

More Photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98326753@N03/albums/72157671257739047


Kudos to the WDVA Pharmacy Team and Veterans Homes!

All WDVA Veterans Homes are now using Point Click Care, an electronic health record system, to communicate nearly all resident prescription orders electronically to the WDVA Pharmacy. 

In addition to resident medication orders, all admission, discharge and transfer activity is also linked directly to the pharmacy.  This means that residents in State Veterans Homes can receive their medications more quickly and the agency saves money by not having to call in an emergency pharmacy order. 

Combined with new technology that allows medications to be dispensed on an as needed basis, the pharmacy is on track to reduce wasted medications and provide better service to each Veterans Home Resident.


POW/MIA Recognition Event Held at Capitol

 A public ceremony was held in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, Sept. 21, at the POW/MIA Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

This event featured Special Guest Speaker: Silver Star Recipient and POW Veteran COL William Reeder Jr., Author of ‘Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam’.

This annual event is held to honor the commitment and the sacrifices made by this nation's Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action, as well as their families.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day – the third Friday in September – is one of six days specified by Congress requiring the display of the National League of Families POW/MIA flag at locations required in Title 36 of the US Code, Section 902.

Washington State passed legislation in 2002 requiring all state agencies, institutions of higher education and every county, city and town to display the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, along with the state and national flags, on the same specified days. POW/MIA flag protocol is posted on the WDVA website at http://www.dva.wa.gov/POW-MIA%20flag.html

More Photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98326753@N03/albums/72157673674201748

Upcoming Veterans Day & WW1 Centennial Events across the State - Submit Yours to Communications@dva.wa.gov



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Hired a Veteran? Sign Up Today at www.YesVets.org

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 www.YesVets.org for more information and to signup!

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