A Message from the Director
An Emphasis on Supporting Spouses: Governor Inslee Signs Executive Order in Support of Spouses
By WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos
On May 13, Governor Inslee signed Executive Order 19-01 on Veteran and Military Family Transition and Readiness Support.
Washington State has a longstanding commitment to military families who are essential and vibrant members of Washington’s culture, economy, and workforce. In 2013, Governor Inslee’s very first Executive Order, EO 13-01, declared our state’s support for veterans.
The new executive order directs the state’s Military Transition Council to coordinate and support collaboration on the career assistance for veterans, transitioning service members, Reserve and National Guard members, and military families between federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
It also encourages work to support military-spouse-owned businesses, expansion of hiring campaigns to include military spouses, increased assistance with licensing, certifications and other services for military spouses—along with increased attention to military spouses in state hiring and state employee resource groups.
Hundreds of military families come to our state each month, and many choose to call Washington home long after their service. Supporting the employment of our military spouses ensures the readiness and wellness of our active duty service members, honors the contribution of military families, and ultimately benefits Washington’s economy.
I’m excited about this new direction and hope you will visit http://www.dva.wa.gov/about-wdva/washington-state-military-transition-council-wsmtc to find out more about the Military Transition Council and read the new Executive Order!
2019 Memorial Day Events & Observances
Washington State's Largest Veterans Resource Providers Conference - Serving Those Who Served
REGISTER NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-serving-those-who-served-conference-registration-57046515664
For more information on this event, please contact MellisaR@dva.wa.gov
Now Hiring at Four Veterans Homes Across the State
Are you a CNA or NAC looking for a career that allows you to give back to your community
and provide compassionate care to Veterans? Contact Recruiters@dva.wa.gov for more information
Lighting the Way at the Walla Walla Veterans Home
Our Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH) nurses and staff will no longer have to walk to and from their car in the dark due to the hard work of Eagle Scout Isaac Fraser and his friends and family. Isaac's Eagle Scout project was to coordinate and execute the installation of poles for solar lighting around a large gravel parking area on the WWVH campus. Koncrete Industries donated all of the materials and Isaac rallied and organized the "man-power" to make this happen last Saturday.
WDVA would like to express our sincere gratitude to Isaac & friends and Koncrete Industries for creating a safer parking space for the people who are "Serving Those Who Served" 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at YOUR Walla Walla Veterans Home. Your efforts will continue to make a difference for years to come! #WeLoveOurCommunity
Learn more about the Walla Walla Veterans Home by visiting:
Port Orchard Veterans Home Holds Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
On Tuesday April 16th, the Port Orchard Veterans Home held their annual volunteer recognition event at the veterans home. This year's theme highlighted the art and importance of volunteering. Volunteers put “HEART" in all they do and in serving veterans and their families!
The evening was filled with music, food and great friends. The Dietary Services Department prepared a delicious meal of spaghetti and meat sauce. This year's art theme was emphasized by taking colored noodles and making a colorful plate much like a painter pallet, although some of the guests found the blue pasta to be "a little odd".
Overall, the evening was a great time to honor many of the volunteers who have donated a record 9194.50 volunteer hours in service of our veterans. Thank you to our volunteers for their dedicated assistance in Serving Those Who Served! #WeLoveOurCommunity
Learn more about the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard by visiting:
Spokane Veterans Home Ride in Style for the Torchlight Parade
Spokane Veterans Home was recently part of the Annual Torchlight Parade held in Spokane, WA. Residents of the home were present to help honor military during the parade.
The Spokane Veterans Home had the Inland Mustang Car Group come to escort our veterans in style through the parade. The Inland Mustang Car Group also spent time visiting with our veterans before, during and after the Torchlight Parade.
Our residents and staff had a ton of fun and can’t wait to do this again next year!
Learn more about the Spokane Veterans Home by visiting:
Centennial Celebrations at Washington Soldiers Home
Residents, staff and family members celebrated the 100th Birthday of two Washington Soldiers Home Residents during a ceremony held on May 13, 2019. The two veterans received an extra special visit from Governor Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi. We would like to thank the many volunteers and Washington Soldiers Home staff for making this event possible.
John "Jack" Peterson (white shirt with black vest)
John "Jack" Peterson was born on May 7, 1919 in Manawa, Wisconsin. Peterson served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during WWII. He served in the Pacific and was involved with Project Cross Roads, a series of nuclear weapons test conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946.
After his military career, Jack worked as a mechanical engineer. John “Jack” Peterson and his wife, Olive, are parents of two sons, Jack & Dale.
Jack loves to drive and really enjoys taking his family on long country drives. Jack has been an avid NASCAR fan for many years and enjoys race days. He enjoys the simple life and is often heard saying, "I'm just Jack. Let's go fishing."
Aulney Brown was born on October 5, 1919 in Staton, Kentucky. Brown served in the US Army during WWII and also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Kentucky, Nevada, California and Washington prior to serving in the military.
After the war, Aulney continued his public service by working for 37 years as a Foreman for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Aulney Brown and his wife, Verna June, are parents to their three daughters, Candy, Pamela & Michelle.
Brown enjoys nice vacations with his family and enjoys spending his free time outdoors. When looking at the past 100 years, Brown has always remained proud of his family."
For more photos of the event, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98326753@N03/sets/72157708571124624/with/32900897667/
Learn more about the Washington Soldiers Home by visiting:
Remember Our Fallen Heroes - Forgotten Heroes Interment
On Thursday afternoon, April 25 under a bleak and hazy sky, a crowd quietly gathered to pay long overdue respect to the Forgotten.
In a final act of honor for the remains of the unclaimed and abandon heroes who served their country, the last leg of their journey was hailed with full military honors, and countless tears.
Names were called out one at a time, followed with a single strike of a brass bell, it's clang trailing off into the eternal silence that for too long eluded each of them.
Their remains' journey complete, they now rest eternally in peace. Finally home, forever interred in honor among other fellow members of the great Brother and Sisterhood called the American Veteran.
- Christopher Chaffee, LightBenders Photography
Veteran, United States Navy
We Want to Hear From YOU - Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) Town Hall in Colville
2019 Memorial Day Events & Observances
WDVA Hot Jobs - APPLY NOW
More Info: Please visit Employment to see the opportunities that we have!
You can also contact a recruiter at Karimah.Ly@dva.wa.gov
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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