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WDVA Veteran Voices

November 2021 

A Message from the Director

Veterans Day Message

This is a day when we join as one community, to thank and reflect upon our veterans, service members, and their families, celebrate and thank them for their service.

Service before self is not new, and YOUR Washington Department of Veterans Affairs takes pride, each and every day, in its mission of “Serving Those Who Served.”

This year’s Veterans Day Poster centers around our nation’s honored and storied Old Guard conducting their walk in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns and from that, we remember that their duties are just like every other service member, ever watchful, protecting and holding a dignified service.

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Washington Soldiers Home

Honored residents at our Washington Soldiers Home in Orting had a blast hurling softball size pumpkins across the Activity Room floor and into the hallway during the Pumpkin Toss.

A very special thank you to McMillen Farm in Puyallup for a big discount on the perfect little pumpkins and thank you to all of the staff who supported this exciting event!

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Spokane Veterans Home

This weekend we celebrated Halloween with our honored residents and staff at the Spokane Veterans Home.

Along with delicious treats, we also held a "Guess the Pumpkin's Weight" game by putting out a pumpkin and allowing everyone to guess what it weighed.

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Veterans Day Events & Observances List 

Here is a current list of the Veterans Day events that your WDVA are tracking on our websites thus far. 

Please email us your events at communications@dva.wa.gov so we can get them added.

2021 Veterans Day Events & Observances: Veterans Day Events & Observances Flyer | WDVA (wa.gov)

Also included is this year’s Veterans Day Proclamation: 2021 Veterans Day Proclamation | WDVA (wa.gov)

2021 WDVA Veterans Day Video Message VIDEO - 2021 Veterans Day Message - Washington Department of Veterans Affairs | WDVA

Beautification Service Project at Cemetery

Recently, members of Airman Leadership School (ALS) Class 21-H completed a service project at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery.

Nineteen SrA and faculty members spent the afternoon working on cemetery beautification which included cleaning headstones, removing wilted floral arrangements, trimming trees & shrubs, and staining 2 arbors in the scatter garden.

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Walla Walla Veterans Home

Staff had a "spookingly" good time dressing up in costumes for their honored residents.

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Port Orchard Veterans Home

WVH Brings Nature Indoors Through Grant

Washington Veterans Home, a LeadingAge Washington senior living partner, has found innovative ways to keep their residents connected to nature with the Eldergrow GARDEN grant project.

“The plants themselves are an absolute gorgeous addition to the already beautiful facility. The gardens will give many of our residents the horticulture connection that they once had, thus adding activities that break the separation and stigma of institutionalization and living in a ‘nursing home’,” said William McElya, Administrator of the Washington Veterans Home.

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Please take a few moments and provide us with feedback to make us better in 2022 at Serving Those Who Served. 

Your feedback is instrumental in the continued improvement of your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.



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