A Message from the Director
These Are Our Heroes - Saying Thanks to Your WDVA Team
By WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos
Thank you all who joined your Washington Department of Veterans
Affairs in our virtual Memorial Day observances this year.
Memorial Day 2020 is and was unlike any other. Our country is in
crisis, fighting an invisible enemy.
The Coronavirus changed the way we gather, how we say goodbye to our brothers and sisters at end of life, and how we lay our fallen to rest. Our hearts hold high and our minds remember those who served, especially our residents in our Veterans Homes who answered the call from the Supreme Commander to join the formation in the everlasting post.
Your WDVA Team put together a couple Memorial Day tribute videos to help the community
to still be able to remember and honor those who sacrificed it all.
We would like to send special thanks to the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America for donating the wreaths for Capitol Campus. We would also like to send a special salute to the City of Orting, local first responders, community and family members for
making the Washington Soldiers Home Parade an event to never forget.
Memorial Day Message from Your WDVA Director & Deputy Director:
Memorial Day Wreathlaying at Veteran's Memorials on Capitol Campus:
Memorial Day Tribute Video at Washington State Veterans Cemetery:
Washington Soldiers Home Memorial Day Parade:
Washington Veterans Homes Receive Numerous Donations from the Community
Once again, we would like to thank the many community members who have donated face shields, gowns and other items in the past few month. We would also like to send a very special thank you to the Full Circle Meals Program in Port Orchard, who has helped to provide more than 1,500 meals to our Washington Veterans Home staff.
Our healthcare heroes cannot thank you enough and we are so appreciative to have such an amazing community of support! Thank You #WeLoveOurCommunity #TheseAreOurHeroes
Looking to Donate to Honored Residents and Staff of Washington State Veterans Homes?
We are lucky to have the most supportive community on the planet. We have been in awe for how many of you have reached out to find ways you can assist all of our heroes working every day to provide the highest level of care possible to our honored residents. We are welcoming donations to support our WDVA Team during the COVID-19 response and here are some items they could really use as they continue in Serving Those Who Served.
FACE SHIELDS & GOWNS: We are requesting for specific face shields and hospital gowns to be donated for staff working at our four veterans homes. Please inquire with points of contact listed below for exact specifications needed.
OTHER ITEMS: We are also looking for items for our Transitional Housing Program residents, veterans without homes and to keep our Veterans Homes’ residents spirits up by keeping them engaged and entertained while our regular group activities have been suspended. Please keep in mind that in the current environment and in support of our infection controls efforts, we are currently only accepting new items.
SPECIFIC ITEMS NEEDED:
• Body lotion
• Shaving cream
• Cotton balls
• Deodorant - Men and Women
• Nail care sets/nail clippers large
• Shower Loofas
• Denture glue
• Denture cleaners
• Band-aids and other first aid items
|• Farming/garden boots (men and women)
• Seed starting kits
• Walking sticks
• Knitting, hand stitching, needle point
• Origami material w/instruction book
• Leather work & tools
• Adult coloring books
• Construction paper
• Tracing paper
• Charcoal pencils
• Lined paper
• Colored pencils
• Kites or kite building kits
• Knot tying books and materials
• Kits to make bird houses, bird and squirrel feeders
• Jewelry making material and the tools
• T-shirt making kits
• Any adult art kits
|• Puzzle books
• Crossword books
• Word search books
• Cheap Portable dvd players
• Puzzles/3D puzzles
• Car/plane models and model glue
• DVDs – all genres
• Basketball/soccer ball
• Bicycles, recumbent tricycles
• Bike racks
• Bike locks
• Tire air pumps
• Bike lights
• Adult bike helmets
• Reflector vests
• Exercise mats
• Other exercise equipment in good/usable condition
Please contact Rachel Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org 360-999-8024 or Rafael Lozano at email@example.com 360-789-0807, if you are interested in helping out
or if you have any questions.
Come Get Hired On-The-Spot -
Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard
Walla Walla Veterans Home Receives Equine Therapy Visit Outside Their Windows
We would like to thank Blue Mountain Therapeutic Organization for providing Equine Therapy to Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH) Residents Outside of their Windows
Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding provides equine therapy and have offered their time and talents to help bring a smile to the faces of our WWVH residents. This visit was especially welcomed during this time of visitor restrictions and limited group activities.
Photos Courtesy of Greg Lehman, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Read More: https://www.union-bulletin.com/photos_video/sunshine-through-the-window/image_61ae0632-e538-5a79-98a8-4430a003b488.html
Spokane Veterans Home Welcomes Back Residents from Mann-Grandstaff VAMC in Spokane
This week the Spokane Veterans Home will welcome a number of residents back from the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Several residents will return each day and transition from the COVID-19 Unit at the VA Medical Center to the Spokane Veterans Home COVID-19 Recovery Wing.
The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center and Spokane Veterans Home partnership serving COVID-19 positive residents from the Spokane Veterans Home has provided an enhanced
level of medical care, support, surveillance, stabilization and treatment for early signs of clinical deterioration due to Coronavirus infection for individuals most at risk for complications of COVID-19 infection. It also offered the opportunity for the Spokane Veterans Home to deep clean and ensure the facility is ready to welcome our Veterans and family members Home. These measures have been successful in stemming the outbreak at Veterans Home, with no new COVID-19 cases in residents since May 7 and staff since May 11.
READ MORE: https://www.dva.wa.gov/news-release-spokane-veterans-home-welcoms-back-residents-mann-grandstaff-vamc
PHOTO ALBUM FOR ALL RETURNS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98326753@N03/albums/72157714479415021
WDVA Military & Veteran Community Resources &
No one said Staying Home and Staying Healthy would be easy!
Your WDVA has put together some resources to help you and your family cope with the incredibly unexpected changes that we're all experiencing. I hope you'll find some time to explore these and take advantage of the amazing work the Counseling & Wellness Team has done. If you have any resources that aren’t listed, please let us know and if you are interested in being a guest to discuss your WDVA program or another veteran resource, let
us know and we will add you to the schedule.
Resources List - Military and Veteran Community Resources in Response to COVID-19
This guide lists resources specific to our Military and Veteran community that may help us to get through the COVID-19 crisis. This may be helpful not only to you and your family, but may also provide resources to help you better serve veterans in the Veterans Homes and Programs.
Subscribe to the WDVA Podcast! Now Available on Apple ITunes
Peer Mentor Program Specialist Bryan Bales started a podcast at your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. This new tool will help us reach veterans and their families with information and resources important to them.
Do you have questions about the WDVA Podcast, or a topic you'd like us to cover? Please contact Bryan Bales at Bryan.Bales@dva.wa.gov. Thank you for listening! To view all of our podcasts, please visit: www.wdva.podbean.com
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 on Instagram
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
Applications Now Open for Vet Corps Navigators
for Service Year 2020-21
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
JUNE 2020 EVENTS
TO VIEW OUR JUNE CALENDAR, CLICK HERE
WDVA Web Calendar: www.dva.wa.gov/calendar
WDVA Facebook Calendar: www.facebook.com/WSDVA/Events