A Message from the Director
WDVA Welcomes New Deputy Director
By WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos
I’m so pleased to share with you and our entire Veterans Community the addition of Davie Puente Jr. to our WDVA Team! David assumed the role of Deputy Director on February 3, 2020 and brings extensive experience overseeing programs focused on public safety, customer service, employment, return to work programs, and human resources. Each of these areas overlaps with the vision and strategic priorities of WDVA and will serve our team, our residents, clients, and the Veterans’ Community well.
David served in the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command and then transitioned to the Department of Labor and Industries in 1992, as a fraud investigator. He spent the next 28 years with L&I in a variety of roles, completing his L&I service as the Assistant Director for the Field Services and Public Safety Division.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Central Washington University. He enjoys serving his community by officiating baseball and football as a member of the Washington Officials Association. He is also a member of the South Sound Football Official Association, Thurston County Youth Football League, and South Sound Umpires Association.
In the several weeks since he joined WDVA, I think it’s safe to say that David has been inspired by the enthusiasm of our WDVA Team and the incredible array of services we provide. You will soon see more of David as he visits each of our State Veterans Homes, Veterans Service Centers, and other office locations throughout the state, as well as attending VSO trainings and VAAC Town Halls!
Help us welcome Your WDVA Deputy Director, David Puente Jr.!
Music Therapy at the Walla Walla Veterans Home
Music Therapy is being offered as a weekly recreation program at the Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH). Residents featured are enjoying an afternoon of live music performed by Vic, a fantastic performer and WWVH volunteer.
Vic has a heart for sharing his love of music and performing the songs of his generation with the WWVH residents. Vic’s playlist is uplifting and offers a wide variety to fulfill the musical interests of many. Residents turn out in large numbers to enjoy Vic’s music and reminisce together. We would like to send special thanks to Vic for performing for our veterans. #WeLoveOurCommunity
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Port Orchard Veterans Home Receive Special Bracelets from Echo Glen Children's Center
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Find Your Next Career - Snohomish County Regional Job & Resource Fair
For more information and to register, contact Bryan Bales at Bryan.Bales@dva.wa.gov
Spokane Veterans Home Receives New
Transport Bus Lift System
The Spokane Veterans Home recently got an upgrade to their Recreation Therapy Transport Bus Lift System.
Unfortunately, with many wheelchairs becoming bigger and heavier, the home staff have had some difficulties loading and unloading during outings with our veterans.
Dick Hazelmyer spearheaded the mission of acquiring the home an updated lift and on January 16 we were honored to receive a new lift and celebrated by cutting a ribbon and drinking a little apple cider in honor of it.
We would like to send a very special Thank You to Dick and everyone else who helped this get accomplished.
Watch out because we are on our way to many more fun activities with our upgraded bus! #WeLoveOurCommunity
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Washington Soldiers Home Enjoy their Super Bowl Party & Bowling Outing
The Washington Soldiers Home in Orting recently held a Super Bowl party with all the snacks and favorite "tailgate food" for residents and their families to route on their "second" favorite team. During the month of February, Washington Soldiers Home residents had a ball knocking down pins for a visit to the local bowling alley. We would like to thank everyone who helped volunteer, set these events up and for participating with our veteran residents! #WeLoveOurCommunity
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Now Hiring at Four Veterans Homes Across the State
Are you a CNA, RN or LPN looking for a career that allows you to give back to your community and provide compassionate care to Veterans?
WDVA Social Media: Now on Instagram
YOUR Washington Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding our social media reach with a BRAND NEW Instagram Profile. Look out for photos of veterans and their families, WDVA Program Brochures, upcoming major events and more to be shared on our new Instagram profile.
Make sure you follow us on Instagram and please continue to let us know what content you would like to see so we can continue spreading the awareness on your earned benefits and available resources. #ServingThoseWhoServed www.instagram.com/wsdva or just search for WA Dept of Veterans Affairs
Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR access extended to more Veterans beginning January
New law provides eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services.
On Jan. 1, Veterans eligible solely under this act who are eligible to obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card must use this credential for in-person installation and privilege access. The card must display the Veteran’s eligibility status (i.e., PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW or SERVICE CONNECTED). Apply here: https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/index.asp.
READ MORE: https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/application/files/9615/7911/3344/Updated_VHIC_sheet.pdf
Photo Courtesy of mcchord.af.mil
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!
View our WDVA Calendar to stay updated with upcoming events to attend
MARCH 2020 EVENTS
TO VIEW OUR MARCH CALENDAR, CLICK HERE
WDVA Web Calendar: www.dva.wa.gov/calendar
WDVA Facebook Calendar: www.facebook.com/WSDVA/Events
REGISTER NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-military-hiring-event-presented-by-seattle-seahawks-tickets-93422153175?aff=FacebookEvent&fbclid=IwAR1ZGwHl9JwptYHe99LL9SgT6Kx52CgDnWBRKEt2zT2WxfbmYPXFrl3Mcn8