Today, the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group honored 67 Vietnam Veterans in a Re...read more
Today, the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group honored 67 Vietnam Veterans in a Reception at the Washington Department of Revenue. Chris Liu, Director Department of Enterprise Services and Vietnam Veteran gave a poignant speech which touched everyone in the room. Afterward honorees received a VERG Welcome Home Challenge Coin.
Thank you to the VERG Committee for all the work you do to help integrate the experience, values, and knowledge of both veterans and service members in state employment.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs – WDVA has needs based emergency assistance progr...read more
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs – WDVA has needs based emergency assistance programs available to help veterans affected by the partial federal government shutdown. These programs will assist with rent, mortgage, gas, food and utilities, or other needs on a case-by-case basis. All supportive funding will be paid directly to vendors to reduce the financial hardship experienced during the government shutdown.
In addition, the agency can assist with Federal VA benefits such as compensation and pensions, education benefits, home loans and other issues.
Your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has numerous options available to provide assistance to those directly impacted by the government shutdown.
Eligibility – Must be directly affected by the government shutdown
Funding is provided for necessities such as mortgage, rent, utilities, gas, food and others.
Assistance is paid directly to creditors or vendors
For further information regarding overall state benefits and assistance, please contact our team at Washington Department of Veterans Affairs via email: Benefits@dva.wa.gov or please call the WDVA Olympia Office at 1-800-562-2308 . King County residents please contact our WDVA King County Veteran Services Office at 206-477-8282
Governor Jay Inslee’s Office has put together a full list of Shutdown Resources for Federal Employees:
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance non-profit agency is able to provide financial lapse assistance to all Coast Guard personnel – military and civilians – regardless of paygrade. Please visit their website and click the ‘Need Help’ section for specific guidelines.
The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance program is also working with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to provide immediate financial support for active-duty Coast Guard members with minor children in the home, with one-time grants of up to $1,500 per eligible household, during the shutdown.
Coast Guard members and other federal workers are also encouraged to check with their military-affiliated banks and credit unions to determine if any assistance is available. Navy Federal Credit Union offers a “Government Shutdown Loan Program,” which is a no-interest loan, with a maximum amount of $6,000. The loan amount is based on the most recent direct deposit of pay made prior to the interruption of pay. Once the government resumes direct deposit of pay, the amount loaned will be automatically deducted as repayment.
USO Northwest is also stepping up to provide food to local groups for distribution to Coast Guard families.
This week, the Seattle Area Chief Petty Officers Association in conjunction with CGEA, CWOA and PSOA organized a Food Pantry on the Coast Guard Base for service members and families affected by the shutdown. To get in contact with the club, or donate, contact Association Lead Scotty Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook Page.
Point of Contact for Coast Guard Pantry - Darren Davenport at Darren.email@example.com or 707-364-6805 – Chief Warrant Officers Association
Coast Guard Pantry - Coast Guard Families Need Our Help – USO Northwest is working closely with Coast Guard District 13 senior leaders in spearheading three donation food drives to support for local Coast Guard families affected by the government shutdown.
Where and When? Various Locations on Saturday, January 26
Fred Meyer in Ballard 10 am - 3 pm (915 NW 45th St, Seattle, WA 98107), Former Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant will be available to meet
Fred Meyer in Issaquah 10 am - 3 pm (6100 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah, WA 98029)
Fred Meyer in Ballard 10 am - 2 pm (26520 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038)
This is a high-quality, research-based approach to business planning for food- and farm-based ent...read more
This is a high-quality, research-based approach to business planning for food- and farm-based entrepreneurs in the South Puget Sound. Whether you are just starting your business or have been in business for a while, this Program will help you learn how to reach your financial goals for the future by using sound business planning concepts and tools tailored specifically to small farm and food-based entrepreneurs.
You will learn vital skills for running a successful small farm or food-processing business with:
A comprehensive business planning process
Excellent instructors and quality materials
Technical assistance, and peer support
Access to credit for your small enterprise
Guest speakers will include local buyers (restaurants and stores), Washington State Department of Agriculture, and successful business owners.
OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded the Abraham Lincoln...read more
OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This is WDVA’s sixth Pillars of Excellence Award since 2014.
The award recognizes outstanding state programs that support veterans within their states. This year’s award is for WDVA’s innovations in the development of the nation’s first Vet Corps program. WDVA launched the Vet Corps in 2009 in response to an influx of returning veterans enrolling in Washington State colleges and universities after significant changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Vet Corps is funded through an AmeriCorps grant, co-managed by Serve Washington, which provides 50 Vet Corps members with a stipend and education award at the end of their service.
“Here in Washington State we wanted to be sure that military personnel transitioning from active duty to our higher education campuses had the level of support and sense of belonging that they needed," said WDVA director Alfie Alvarado-Ramos. "The Vet Corps provides peer support and guidance to help veterans navigate their veteran benefits and the sometimes complex landscape of higher education systems.”
The Vet Corps promotes systemic change through Veteran Navigators strategically located in higher education settings who develop opportunities for volunteerism and educating faculty and administration in veteran cultural competencies.
The Vet Corps helps veterans be successful in their post-secondary education by providing a peer-to-peer mentorship program on college campuses, tapping into the knowledge, skills and abilities of veterans by engaging them in AmeriCorps national service positions, and enabling veterans to make a positive difference in their communities.
A recent independent evaluation shows that the Vet Corps Program is making a difference as veterans in schools served by the program took more credits, had higher fall to spring retention rates, and higher completion rates than non-Vet Corps Member sites.
WDVA’s Vet Corps program serves to enhance and collaborate with existing college services and currently receives a $630,000 AmeriCorps grant, increasing the availability of veteran services on over 50 different college campuses throughout the state.
Washington State has received a Pillars of Excellence Award each year since 2014, with two awards in 2014.
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally...read more
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally be issues in which action on part of the VTSC staff is required. This procedural description serves as a guideline.
VTSC is fully committed to providing quality continuing education in an ethically sound manner. Our goal is to strictly adhere to American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists as well as applicable legal and ethical standards, including non-discriminatory standards. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Project Director in consultation with the members of the planning committee, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Director of Behavioral Health, and WDVA Ethics and Compliance Officer.
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally be issues in which action on part of the VTSC staff is required. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant, either orally or in written format, reports a grievance, the following actions will be taken.
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The VTSC Director will review and discuss these comments, as well as post-workshop evaluation comments (when applicable), with the speaker. In all cases confidentiality of workshop participants will be upheld to the best of the VTSC's ability.
2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, the content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the VTSC Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the VTSC Director will a. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop, or b. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee if applicable. Actions 2a and 2b will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes; a signature is not required.
3. If the grievance concerns VTSC CE program, in a specific regard, the VTSC Director will attempt to arbitrate. Please contact John Phillips, MA, 2106 2nd Ave., Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121, John.Phillips@dva.wa.gov, 206-477-8282 to submit a complaint.
4. If the grievance concerns other CE program participants the VTSC Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the VTSC Director will a. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop, or b. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee if applicable. Actions 2a and 2b will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes; a signature is not required.
5. Time limits on filing a complaint: Participants must file a complaint within one business quarter after the action that gave rise to the complaint.
If the complaint cannot be solved at this level, the VTSC Director will defer to the WDVA Behavioral Health who will review the complaint with the agency Ethics and Compliance Officer.