A Message from the Director -
Federal Grant Received for WDVA
By WDVA Director, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos
On April 12, 2021, your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) received confirmation that the agency will receive more than $13 million in funding for our four State Veterans Homes. The grant funding is provided through the CARES Act Extended Care Facilities Construction Grant.
Our entire WDVA Team has worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic. Receiving these grant funds sends a message to our team that their work is important, and that help is on the way in the form of important facility upgrades!
WDVA applied for the grants in 2020, and we are extremely appreciative to receive this funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs took decisive and quick action to capitalize on this funding opportunity that will strengthen our defense against the current and future pandemics.
Each of Washington’s State Veterans Homes (Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane and Walla Walla) applied for funds for specific projects addressing critical upgrades, repairs and replacements related to our COVID-19 pandemic response. In addition, some funding awards will cover projects at all four Homes.
CLICK HERE FOR SPECIFIC BUDGET INFORMATION FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS
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Walla Walla Residents Visit a Farm
Fresh air and sunshine, tall trees, adorable lambs, four awesome dogs, and a special horse...
Ahhhhh, what a beautiful and refreshing time we had today with WWVH residents, coworkers, friends, and family.
Send special thanks to our Social Worker Carmelle Boyd and her family for graciously hosting everyone, and to Tonya Williams and the entire Activities team for facilitating this first of several afternoons on the farm. #WeLoveOurCommunity
Bunny Visit at Spokane Veterans Home
Happy Spring!! Recently the Easter Bunny came and visited with our Veterans.
The Veterans tried to guess who the Easter bunny was since normally (the bunny is very talkative but this day was a different story) so they couldn’t believe who it was. We had so many outside support groups drop off cards, cookies, even cute little necklaces and cupcakes and wishing us all a Happy Easter.
The Easter Bunny had a great time and enjoyed making our Veterans smile! #WeLoveOurCommunity
Updates to Spokane & King County
Veterans Services Offices
SPOKANE COUNTY: As of March 29, 2021: The Spokane County & Eastern Washington Regional Veterans Services Office will be open for Relief Application Appointments ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please call (509) 477-3690 to schedule an appointment.
KING COUNTY: The WDVA office in King County (Seattle) is open for walk-ins from 8am-noon only and appointments only from 1pm-4pm.
Please call (206) 454-2799 to schedule an appointment.
Now Accepting Admissions for Four Skilled Nursing Facilities - Walla Walla, Orting, Port Orchard and Spokane
Caring for veterans who need skilled nursing, rehabilitation, or long-term care.
For veterans needing care following a qualifying hospital stay, we offer Medicare rehabilitative care. Our admissions team works closely with hospital discharge planners to quickly process applications.
Veterans rated 70%-100% Service Connected Disabled, or whose service connected disability is the reason nursing care is needed, may have their nursing home care paid by the Federal VA
Download an application now: https://dva.wa.gov/veterans-their-families/veterans-homes/admission-application
Call 1-877-838-7787 or e-mail us directly at:
Port Orchard: MelissaJ@dva.wa.gov
Walla Walla: LoriR@dva.wa.gov
LEARN MORE AT: https://dva.wa.gov/veterans-their-families/veterans-homes
WDVA Honors Full Circle Meals Program for Donating Thousands of Meals to Washington Veterans Home
Top officials of the state Washington Department of Veterans Affairs gathered some of the project organizers Monday at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil to offer their gratitude to Sego and Haydock, Gordon, and Martin Smith and Robinson for their work in executing the effort and in providing tasty meals.
Alfie Alvarado, WDVA director, and David Puente, deputy director of the agency, gave certificates of appreciation to the restaurant and catering business owners, which read in part:
“On behalf of your Office of Veterans Affairs, we’d like to say thank you for providing meals as a part of Full Circle Meals to our WDVA staff during the COVID-19 response. Your generosity and dedication to the Washington Veterans Home and transitional housing program during the COVID-19 pandemic are priceless. Thank you for supporting the morale and welfare of our staff. We recognize and thank you for serving those who serve.”
At the Veterans Home alone, the Full Circle Meals program provided 5,089 meals to WDVA staff, 200 meals to those at the Orting facility and 1,020 meals to veterans of the transitional housing program. Overall, the project raised approximately $500,000 and prepared and delivered more than 35,000 meals from three dozen businesses, Sego said.
Full Story Via Kitsap Daily News: https://www.kitsapdailynews.com/news/good-meals-and-gratitude/
Photos via Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAPM)
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, VA is emphasizing its ongoing work to ensure that Veterans and their partners who are experiencing or engaging in IPV are provided with the necessary resources and services, including VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) and other programs.
Women Veterans who report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) are three times more likely than other women Veterans to experience housing instability or homelessness. IPV is considered a public health epidemic and may include physical or sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression by a current or former intimate partner. These episodes, which do not have to be sexual in nature to be considered IPV, may occur frequently or infrequently, and may take place over a period of years.
“The earlier we get involved, the more likely it is that we can help people identify potential risks in their relationship and help them stay safe,” said LeAnn Bruce, IPVAP national program manager. “We work with all Veterans and their partners to promote safety by providing skills to have a healthier relationship now or in the future.”
The IPV Assistance Program and screening tool
The IPV Assistance Program is one of numerous VA programs that can help Veterans and their families who have been impacted by physical, emotional or sexual violence. The program offers counseling, toolkits, fact sheets and tools for assessing relationships and health safety.
IPVAP also offers the Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream (HITS) screening tool that asks questions that elicits information about how often a person’s partner physically hurts, insults, threatens harms and screams at them. It takes just minutes to administer, and it can be used with all Veterans, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation or presentation.
“This screening tool helps to educate while also identifying potential risk behaviors,” said Bruce. “The five questions illustrate that IPV is not just physical abuse, but can be verbal, emotional and sexual as well. It helps to identify potential opportunities to improve relationship skills or identifies risk for some form of IPV.”
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Available Internships with Veterans Conservation Corps
Get connected, while giving back to your community!
Veterans Conservations Corps is currently offering several internships in locations like Orting, Olympia, Okanogan, Tumwater, Spokane, Colfax, Shelton and Lake Stevens.
Veterans Conservation Corps serves those who served by providing veterans with self-directed connections to the lands, waters, and communities in WA State.
- Veterans take the initiative to create a self-directed internship experience
- Given the opportunity to do meaningful work in conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and seeing the results of their efforts, veterans acknowledge and understand their own self-efficacy, resiliency, and ability to overcome their own personal challenges
- Veterans establish and maintain healthy reciprocal relationships with nature and their community
- Veterans realize a positive shift in their mental, emotional, and physical well-being
- Veterans acquire skills and experiences that may help them in finding meaningful employment
REGISTER FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP TODAY
Mother Earth Farm (Orting)
Farm Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/Mother%20Earth%20Farm%20Internship%20Ad%20%282021%29.docx
Garden-Raised Bounty (Olympia)
GRuB Garden Project Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-03/GRuB%20Internship%20Ad%20%28Mar%202021%29.docx
Okanogan Conservation District (Okanogan)
Natural Resource Technician Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-03/Okanogan%20CD%20Internship%20Ad%20%282021%29.docx
Thurston Conservation District (Tumwater)
Habitat Field Crew Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/Thurston%20CD%20Crew%20Internship%20Ad%20%28Feb%202021%29.docx
CCEW Food For All (Spokane)
Farm to Community Program Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/CCEW%20Food%20For%20All%20Internship%20Ad%20%28Jan%202021%29_0.docx
Whitman Conservation District (Colfax)
Conservation and Restoration Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-01/Whitman%20CD%20Internship%20Ad.docx
Mason Conservation District (Shelton)
Field Restoration Crew Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-10/Mason%20CD%20Crew%20Member%20Internship%20Ad%20%28Oct%202020%29_1.docx
Snohomish Conservation District (Lake Stevens)
Stormwater Resource Project Intern - https://dva.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Snohomish%20CD%20Internship%20Ad%20%28Sep%202019%29.docx
For more information on available internships or how to get connected with Veterans Conservation Corps, please contact Kim Pham at VCC@dva.wa.gov.
Register Now for Upcoming
Veterans Training Support Center Trainings
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April is Month of the Military Child
As you know we continue our mission in Serving Those Who Served and supporting our veterans and their families. With that being said, we take the opportunity during April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC) to salute our military children.
The military child is the only member of the military family that never has a choice in the decision to serve this country, but still sacrifices for their country nonetheless. Knowing you will never see a parent again because of their sacrifices for their country, is a debt we can never repay. We salute our smallest members of the military family this month and have also provided resources provided from our WDVA Counseling & Wellness programs for you all.
Excerpt on Month of Military Child
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.
Month of the Military Child Resources
Sesame Street for Military Families™ Social Media Guide
Click here to download the guide
50 Ways to Celebrate Month of the Military Child (AF CYES)
Click here to download the document
Ways to Celebrate from the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Click here to download the document
WDVA Military & Veteran Community Resources
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
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?
More Info: Please visit Employment to see the opportunities that we have!
You can also contact a recruiter at Recruiters@dva.wa.gov
Federal Surplus Property Now Available to
Veterans Small Business Owners
Owners of small veteran-owned businesses can now access federal surplus property available in the Federal Personal Property Program.
To access the Federal Personal Property Program there are two steps:
1. Register with the U.S. Veterans Administration at https://www.vetbiz.va.gov/
2. Then contact DES at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an eligibility packet.
After receiving access rights, Federal Personal Property items can be viewed online at GSAXcess.gov or GovDeals.com
About the Act
The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018 was introduced to amend the Small Business Act directing the SBA to give access to and manage the distribution of U.S.-owned surplus property to small businesses owned and controlled by veterans, pursuant to a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Small Business Administration, General Services Administration and the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Surplus Operations program. The MOA was released in March 2021. For more information on the Federal Personal Property Program, visit the DES website.
Video PSA - Highlighting WDVA Programs -
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
Transitional housing facilities in Port Orchard and Orting help those in need with stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and employment. Veterans are surrounded with staff and wrap-around services that lead to successful program completion and return to the community.
Transitional Housing Program Video Overview:
Learn More about the Transitional Housing Program and/or to
download applications, please visit us at:
Veterans Transitional Housing Program | WDVA (wa.gov)
WDVA HOT JOBS
Nursing Assistant Certified Walla Walla
Registered Nurse 2 Walla Walla
Director of Nursing Services (DNS), Spokane
Licensed Practical Nurse 4 (LPN), On-Call, Spokane
Nursing Assistant Certified, Spokane
Chief Information Officer
Registered Nurse 3, Resident Care Manager, Spokane
IT Business Analyst Senior-Specialist
Nursing Assistant Certified - Port Orchard
To Apply or for more Information on Available Employment Opportunities:
View our WDVA Calendar to stay updated with upcoming events to attend
WDVA 2021 EVENTS
TO VIEW OUR WDVA CALENDAR, CLICK HERE
WDVA Web Calendar: www.dva.wa.gov/calendar
WDVA Facebook Calendar: www.facebook.com/WSDVA/Events