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A Message from the Director

These Are Our Heroes - Honoring Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards Nominations - Now Open

By WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos

Our Veterans Community is experiencing challenges unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history.  COVID-19 has resulted in loss of life, ongoing physical illness, and significant impacts on the mental wellness of our community members.  Veterans and families have also lost jobs, had to close businesses, and are now looking to service providers and peers, such as you, for help as they recover. 

But as Veterans do, you are rising to the challenge and showing that the light of community support is even brighter and stronger than before!  Programs like Full Circle Meals have donated thousands of meals to veterans, health care workers, and first responders.  Our Veteran Service Organizations and their amazing auxiliaries spent countless hours sewing much needed personal protective equipment for health care employees in our WDVA Homes.  There are so many other amazing donations that have kept our spirits high and reminded us that we serve our Veterans Community together.

To ensure we honor and celebrate those who have done so much over the past year, I encourage you to nominate someone for one of the 2020 Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards!

Categories include:

Superior Award - This award is the Committee's highest honor and is given to recognize clearly superior accomplishments, achievements and outstanding performance.

Distinguished Service Award - This award is used to recognize significant accomplishments and special contributions.

Team Award - This award is designed to recognize significant accomplishments of a team or group of individuals. This may be for their contributions on a special project, special contribution and outstanding performance.

You can submit your nomination online at: Washington State Outstanding Award For Service to Veterans


Thank you for your assistance in recognizing those who "Serve Those Who Served!


Making Masks at the Washington Veterans Homes

Our honored residents at the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard recently got into their #MaskUpWA groove tie-dying their own face masks.

Being safe and protected is much easier when you can be fashionable! #TheseAreOurHeroes

Washington Veterans Homes Receives Discounts

Update on WDVA Mandated Furlough Dates

Red Cross Volunteers Assisting with Landscaping at State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake

Huge shout-out to Red Cross Volunteers who spent two days cleaning flower beds at the cemetery entrance, prepping them for replanting.

Thank you to Dan Wilson, Anna Weidman, Dave Hoover, and Terry Culveyhouse for helping make the State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake a true shrine to our Veterans and their Families!

Window Visits Taking Place at Veterans Homes

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Weekly visits are the BEST for our Honored Veterans at our Four Veterans Homes 

We were lucky enough to join in on this weekly visit for Ken at our Spokane Veterans Home.

If you have a friend or family member that wants to connect via window visits or video conferencing, please contact us at

WA Soldiers Home Volunteer Helping to Reach Out To Residents From His Home

We would like to send a special Thank You to Richard Dowell, WA Soldiers Home Volunteer for reaching out to residents from his home to provide video chats and phone calls to many veterans who may not have as many calls.

Residents really enjoy and benefit from the friendly conversations with Richard.  He is helping residents stay connected, which is more important than ever during this time of COVID-19 restrictions.

WDVA Military & Veteran Community Resources &
WDVA's Podcast

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

Dr. Peter Schmidt, Director of Counseling and Wellness of YOUR Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, comes to the show to talk about Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).

WDVA Counseling and Wellness:…/counseling-and-wellness

Questions for the show? Contact Bryan @

WDVA Counseling & Wellness Programs Awarded Two New Funding Grants by King County

We are pleased to announce that Your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has been selected as one of the awardees for two different funding grants that will increase our abilities and capabilities of Serving Those Who Served.  

The two funding grants will cover PTSD and End of Life Counseling and Military Family Counseling, with funding through King County, Department of Community and Human Services, Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy.  The totals for these two awards are $1,890,786 for PTSD & End of Life Counseling, and $369,000 for Military Family Counseling.  The award period will be effective from August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023.

WDVA’s Mission is to Serve Those Who Served.  Through funding from these grants, service members, veterans and their family members (SMVF) will have access to free, confidential, culturally competent counseling in PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury and other concerns that arise from military service.

In King County, all veterans, no matter length of service or discharge type, can be seen by a licensed, qualified and culturally competent counselor, embedded in the community and providing evidence-based practices to help individuals achieve wellness and growth.

Stay tuned for future progress updates and information on additional grants and/or awards.


Ambassador for Peace Medals Delivered to Veterans

Ambassador for Peace Medals were recently presented to a number of veterans throughout Washington State.  These medals are provided by the Republic of Korea through the Consul General’s Office in Seattle. 

Normally, ceremonies are held to honor and recognize each veteran individually.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, medals were either mailed to veteran’s homes, or in the case of the medals listed below, they were picked up by a volunteer for a special delivery.We salute Richard Redick (United States Army), George Schinzing (United States Army), Bill Griffith (United States Army), Bruce Peseau (United States Marine Corps) for their service in Korea during the Korean War. 

We honor and shall always remember the life and service of Richard Redick, who received his Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal just prior to his passing.We would also like to thank two of our volunteer community heroes, Gary Walderman and Kevin Humann.  Gary has connected dozens of veterans with their Ambassador for Peace Medals through the Hero’s Café and Kevin assisted in the delivery of the four Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals listed above.

Ambassador for Peace Medals may be available to a Korean War Veteran who served in Korea during the Korean War between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 or participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.  For more information, please email

Thank you again to these brave heroes and the many volunteers who continue to Serve Those Who Served. #WeLoveOurCommunity #TheseAreOurHeroes

For more information on this program, please visit our website at:

​​​​​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?
Contact for more information or visit:

​​​​​Now Hiring at Four Veterans Homes Across the State

Veterans Conservations Corps Internship Now Available

European Green Crab Trapping Internship

NOAA WDVA Veterans Conservation Corps Fisheries Internship Program with the Northwest Straits Commission ***This position requires the applicant to be a United States military veteran***

General Description

This position is with the Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) ( housed at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mount Vernon, WA. The project is focused on trapping and removal of the highly invasive European green crab (EGC) in Drayton Harbor in Blaine, WA. While the trapping season, which extends through the end of October, is entirely field-based, there may be additional in-office opportunities in the month of November 2020 to assist with data reporting, processing and communicating results.

Position Description

As part of the EGC trapping team, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to a community based effort to protect native species and habitat from an invasive threat. The intern will learn invasive species control strategies, native species identification and community approaches to conservation.  

Please contact to apply and/or for more information.

YesVets Event Recognition & Resource Showcase

To Register, Please Visit:


More Info: Please visit Employment to see the opportunities that we have! 
You can also contact a recruiter at

King County Housing Assistance Form

Hired a Veteran? Sign Up Today at

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 for more information and to signup!

YesVets Reaches 5000 Veterans Hired

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