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WDVA Veteran Voices

FEBRUARY 2022

A Message from the Director

Suicide Prevention Program Campaign

Dear Washington Residents,

We need your help to end suicide among Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF). With the rates of SMVF suicides showing no decrease in recent years, we need to work together to support our Veteran and Military community.

Your WDVA has a new Suicide Prevention Program which leads the Washington State Governor’s Challenge to end SMVF suicide.  We work collaboratively with local, state, and federal organizations as well as the community to provide outreach and workshops to emphasize suicide prevention, lethal means safety, and military cultural competency.

Suicide prevention begins and ends with the community! That’s why we need you to assist us in the design of a logo to represent this program.

This logo will become part of history as we support each other and will forever be the face of our program.

If you wish to be part of this monumental project, I encourage you to submit your designs for consideration.

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Spokane Veterans Home

Valentines from Vets

Our honored residents and staff at the Spokane Veterans Home are busy working on cards and various art work for the upcoming Valentines Day.

These will always be our favorite Valentines �� and look forward to us sharing some of their completed work in the coming days. #TheseAreOurHeroes

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 Celebrating Black History Month 

Black History Month

February Events & Observances List 

Here is a current list of upcoming events that
your WDVA are tracking.

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

Feb 04 - Two-Day Workshop for All:  Seeking Your Next Mission? Dependable Strengths (For Service Providers) | WDVA (wa.gov)

Feb 10 - Veterans Cultural Competence Training: Veterans Cultural Competence Training | WDVA (wa.gov)

Mar 10 - Alliance Northwest - Pacific Northwest's Largest Virtual Government Contracting Conference: Register - Alliance Northwest


Become a Community Integration Coordinator - ETS Sponsorship Program


WDVA LGBTQ+ Veterans Outreach Coordinator

WDVA LGBTQ+ Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to a diverse workforce, and an inclusive workspace and understands that diversity and inclusion are essential for delivering the best service to Washington State’s veterans. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community is a vital facet of our veteran population.

The LGBTQ+ Veterans Outreach Coordinator position was created to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer veterans to their earned benefits, services, programs, resources, and information in order to promote the economic security and financial stability of veterans, and their spouses and dependents.

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Walla Walla Veterans Home

Washington State Penitentiary Donation Creates Artistic Smiles

Our honored Walla Walla Veterans Home resident, Billy, recently received a very special gift of canvases and paint for Christmas from the staff at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Billy painted a lovely butterfly picture that he wanted to share with WSP and all of our audiences to show his appreciation. All of the numerous residents that received gifts were so grateful for the WSP and all of our community members' kindness in giving.

We would like to send a special thank you again to WSP and everyone who donated to any of our four veterans homes. #WeLoveOurCommunity #TheseAreOurHeroes

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Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) is here to help!

HVRP is a proven, successful program that gets homeless veterans off the street and back to being productive members of society.


Port Orchard Veterans Home

Port Orchard Veterans Home Resident Enjoys a "Kraken" Good Time

We would like to thank the Kraken Fanbase for helping provide this "one-of-a-kind experience" for our honored resident, Kris.

Along with receiving a special tour, suite club tickets, Kris also received a $200 gift card to the Kraken Team Store!

They may be the newest team on the PNW block, but they wasted no time supporting our veterans...thank you for providing this exciting experience. #WeLoveOurCommunity

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WDVA Programs: Veterans Benefits Program - For Transitioning Service Members

Veterans Benefits Program - For Transitioning Service Members - Highlighting WDVA Programs

Your WDVA helps connect veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service. Our Central Office is located in Olympia
and includes a Veterans Service
Center as well as administrative support for all agency programs.


 

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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Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St SE, Olympia WA
1-800-562-2308
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