News from WDVA

November 1, 2018

Find a WWI Centennial / Veterans Day Celebration Near You!

Our State is participating in National WWI Centennial Celebrations throughout the weekend, find one near you at:

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Join the VAAC for a Veterans Town Hall in Sequim

The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) is holding a Veterans Town Hall in Sequim on November 15, 2018 from 10am - noon at the 7 Cedars Casino - Totem Room.  Please join us and hear from local providers on resources available, and let us know how WDVA is doing and what other services we could help with.


3,000 Veterans Hired through YesVets Initiative!

Leaders from the Employment Security Department, chambers of commerce, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) join Washington State employers and veterans in celebrating the hiring of the 3,000th veteran through YesVets – a statewide initiative to recognize businesses that hire veterans.  

Since the state launched the initiative in 2016, over 700 businesses have joined YesVets and hired 3,000 veterans.

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And find out how Worksource Works For You (Flyer)!


Outstanding Service To Veterans Awardees Announced

Nine Washington residents will be honored on Saturday, November 10 with Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards for their contributions to Washington State’s veterans and their families during the past year.  The awards - co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs - recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans and their families.

The 2018 Outstanding Service to Veterans are:

  • Bruce McKenty – Lakewood, WA
  • Aaron Quinonez – Auburn, WA
  • Eric Fritts – Tonasket, WA
  • Eric Ballentine – Puyallup, WA
  • Leslie O’Bannon – Stanwood, WA
  • Heartbeat for Wounded Warriors – Onalaska, WA
  • The Mission Continues – Tacoma 1st Service Platoon – Tacoma, WA
  • Sen. Jim Honeyford – 15th Leg. District
  • Rep. Cindy Ryu – 32nd Leg. District

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Veteran Business Owners

WorkSource Works for You! 
Hiring the right people can be tough in today’s tight labor market. The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs wants you to know that WorkSource offers services to help you find great veteran talent and other qualified candidates.


Are you interested in being a part of a Business Diversity Advisory Group for Goods and Services?  The Department of Enterprise Services is looking for members, application deadline is Nov. 30, find out more here.

Wreaths Across America®

Is an organization that recognizes the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children and others about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.  Annual ceremonies will honor veterans and family members interred at Cemeteries across the Nation.  Wreaths placed on graves are only possible through the generosity of public donations.  To sponsor a $15 wreath please go to the following website:

  • For Medical Lake, enter Sponsoring Group ID WA0011 and Location WAWSVC or contact Joyce Durrant at 509-928-1189,
  • For the Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting, enter Sponsoring Location WAWSHO
  • For the Veterans Home Cemetery in Port Orchard, enter Sponsoring Location WAWVHR

The Medical Lake service will be held on Saturday Dec 15, 2018 at 12pm at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA 99022.  This is considered an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly.  Out of respect for the families we serve pets are not allowed on the grounds.  For questions or assistance please contact the Cemetery at 509-299-6280,, or visit

The Soldiers Home service will be held on Saturday Dec 15, 2018 at 9am at the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting.   Contact Marc Perez for additional information Marc Perez or 253-219-3012

The Veterans Home service will be held on Saturday Dec 15, 2018 at 9am at the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in Port Orchard.

You can find information on other ceremonies across the state at:


TEDxTacoma is coming to JBLM!

Tickets are on sale for TEDx Tacoma - Transitions: Bridging the Gap.  The event will be on Friday, November 16th at American Lake Conference Center at JBLM.   

Points of transition come along at different points in  life.  Whether we are joining/exiting the military, moving to a new community/installation, starting a business, or one of the many other ways we reach points of transition, it can be challenging process, yet very rewarding. Sometimes just knowing that someone else has gone through the same transition, can make a transition that much easier.  There will be a number of amazing speakers (including one of WDVA's own!) who will be joining to discuss transition through the eyes of veterans, spouses, the workplace, art, entrepreneurship, resiliency, and many other lenses.  This event is an extraordinary way to discuss the importance, the difficultly, and the optimism of transition.  We hope to see you there!  Information on Tickets.


WDVA is Hiring! See the latest Open WDVA Positions here

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