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MAY 2022

A Message from the Director

2022 Legislative Session Update on Military & Veteran-Related Bills

The 2022 Legislative Session started and ended with a flurry of activity!  While this year was a short (60 day) session, the amount of work accomplished on behalf of veterans and their families was remarkable!
(A full bill summary is available here.)

There were bills passed that add Washington State to the Psychology and Occupational Therapy Licensure Compacts.  These compacts are important for everyone transitioning to Washington State with licenses in other compact states; however, they are significant for our veterans and military spouses who transition to our state after their service or have a military move that brings them to Washington.  Measures such as this make the process of gaining a Washington State license easier and allows these individuals to gain employment more quickly.

In addition, a bill addressing Veterans, Military and Family Member Suicides was also passed.  This bill has several components that will impact WDVA as well as other state agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit partners

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Spokane Veterans Home

Veterans Home Pharmacy Booster Clinic

We were absolutely honored to have Washington State University Nursing Students reporting for duty at your Spokane Veterans Home to conduct a COVID-19 immunization booster clinic on Thursday, April 21.

The nursing students learned how vaccines induce immunity, how to handle and prepare vaccines, the administration of vaccines, and post-vaccine administration protocols, including emergency procedures.

The clinic provided hands-on experience for the nursing students and helped to provide vaccines for approximately 80 residents, staff, and volunteers at the clinic. #WeLoveOurCommunity

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More from Spokane Veterans Home:
Check out Egg-Decorating and the Easter Bunny's visit to the Spokane Veterans Home

Washington State Veterans Cemetery

Forgotten Heroes Interment

The services and lives of 48 unclaimed veterans were honored on April 12 during a Forgotten Heroes Interment at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery outside of Medical Lake.

The Forgotten Heroes initiative is the collaborative efforts of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, the State Veterans Cemetery, and other national entities that locate, identify, and help transport unclaimed veterans' remains to place them in an appropriate final resting place. via Cheney Free Press

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For the full photo album, click here.

May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month

Military spouses impress us all the time with their ability to conquer challenges and power through demanding circumstances.

Washington State Proclamation
Military Spouse Appreciation Month | WDVA (wa.gov)

Military Spouse Resources from Military One SourceCelebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Month • Military OneSource

Military Spouse Employment Initiative - Highlighting WDVA Programs: (1) Military Spouse Employment Initiative - Highlighting WDVA Programs - YouTube

Show your appreciation for military spouses via Veteran.com

  • Give your military spouse a day off
  • Do something he or she hates doing
  • Give a token of appreciation e.g. care package, gift card, flowers or anything they love
  • Say “Thank You” but be creative in expressing thanks
  • Have a day of pampering together
  • Make dinner or surprise your spouse with breakfast
  • Watch a movie or show you’d rather not watch but that they love
  • Do something to solve one of their problems
  • Create a coupon book for them
  • Give your military spouse a list of reasons why you appreciate them
  • For deployed troops, send a video message or ecard showing your appreciation

May Events & Observances List 

May 30 - Various Memorial Day Events & Observances - Memorial Day Events & Observances | WDVA (wa.gov)

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

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

May 19 - Work for Washington - Virtual Career Fair - Work for Washington State - Virtual Job Fair | WDVA

May 20 - Redefining Your Future Symposium - Redefining Your Future - Redefining Your Foundation Symposium | WDVA (wa.gov)

May 21 - Armed Forces Day - JBLM - View Event :: Armed Forces Day :: Joint Base Lewis-McChord :: US Army MWR

Jun 08 - Sequim Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee Town Hall - VAAC Townhall Meeting at American Legion Post #62 | WDVA (wa.gov)

Aug 24/25 - Serving Those Who Served Conference - Wenatchee - Save the Date! 5th Annual Serving Those Who Served | WDVA (wa.gov)

Looking for a Memorial Day Resources, Proclamations, and Tribute Videos to share with your community...​​​​
Memorial Day Events & Observances | WDVA (wa.gov)

Purchase an Armed Forces License Plate

License Plate PSA: (1) Armed Forces License Plate - Washington Veterans Cemetery Video - Extended - Veterans License Plates - YouTube

Veterans Farm in Orting - Earth Day Update

Veterans Farm in Orting - Earth Day Update

Your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Farm Manager, Carrie Little, provides an update on the Veterans Farm while hosting an Earth Day Pot Luck on April 22, 2022.

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 May is Asian American and
 Pacific Islander Heritage 

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance, and we celebrate the meaningful impact the AAPI community has made on our nation.

Today there are more than 300,000 living Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American veterans.

Learn More: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022 (asianpacificheritage.gov)

Walla Walla Veterans Home

Walla Walla Veterans Home Attends Walla Walla Valley Job Fair

If you're looking for available positions at the Walla Walla Veterans Home, please contact our recruiters at Recruiters@dva.wa.gov for more information.

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More From WWVH:
Indie Folk Group Calico Bones performs at the Walla Walla Veterans Home 

Purple Heart Donation from MOPH

Thank you to Military Order of the Purple Heart for their recent sign purchase!

You can help recognize Washington as a Purple Heart State...Donate Today!

Recognizing and Honoring Washington State Purple Heart Veterans – Washington Highway Sign Campaign

Every donation counts towards the goal of placing Purple Heart Highway Signs at all 34 state entrances into Washington!

Purple Heart Medals are presented to Armed Forces members who are killed or wounded in combat.

Learn more: Purple Heart Donation

Purchase a Purple Heart State Road Sign

Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard 

This week the honored residents & staff welcomed Washington State VFW Auxiliary President, 
Barbara L. Heston-Moore.

It was terrific to thank and honor the VFW  leadership that has supported our veterans continually through Covid-19.

Barbara was joined by Hardy Nettles, Commander and Lori Nettles, President Grand of Washington Military Order 0f the Cootie (MOC/MOCA).

New WVH Administrator, Pam Cokash, was able to see first-hand the ongoing generosity and support of our veterans and staff. 

The donations will be  used toward 
new video games for our adaptive Xbox system and an upcoming steak cookout for our honored residents.

Washington Soldiers Home in Orting

A Soldiers Home Scenic Drive

The Washington Soldiers Home Scenic Drive was full of exciting surprises for our honored residents. They recently went on a beautiful scenic drive where they could relax, take in majestic views and enjoy milkshakes!

The weather had its own surprise with a sudden hailstorm, but seeing all of the elements was even more exciting! ☀️����

We would like to thank all of the amazing staff who made this trip possible for the residents! #TheseAreOurHeroes

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More From WSH:
We would also like to thank the Tacoma Harley Group for their Parade and Donations! 

Sign Up for Available Veterans Conservation Corps Internships: 

Veterans Conservation Corps and Thurston Conservation District

The Veterans Conservation Corps was created in 2005 in an effort to help veterans find healing and purpose through the restoration and cultivation of Washington's natural resources.

This WDVA program links veterans to internships and volunteer opportunities around the state.

Internships | WDVA (wa.gov)


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.


Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
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