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.
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.
The research animal ethics oversight committee at the VA Puget Sound is called the Institutional ...read more
The research animal ethics oversight committee at the VA Puget Sound is called the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or IACUC. We are looking for a new non-scientist member for the committee,
Having an IACUC in place is required by several federal laws (including the Animal Welfare Act). These laws specify that the committee has to include a researcher, a veterinarian, a member of the public who is unaffiliated with the institution, and a non-scientist member. We are looking to find a new non-scientist member. To qualify as a non-scientist, the person must have primary interests and education outside of the biological sciences. So, for example, an accountant or construction worker or English teacher or baker or soldier or tinker or tailor or spy… just not a scientist. The reason the laws specify that such a person be included is so that the research protocols reviewed will be written at a level understandable to someone with a high school education; if the taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to support the research, the average taxpayer should be able to understand why the work is being done.
Our committee meets once each month at the Seattle VA, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 2:30 pm. Meetings typically run from 1.5 to 2 hours. We prefer attendance in person, but it is possible to participate in meetings by phone or video link-up, as long as the person can interact with the committee in real-time. Twice each year the committee inspects (physically walks thru) the facilities where animals are housed and used in research work. We provide training for all IACUC members (there is a computer-based training class, and we train in person, as well as a one-day meeting at a conference center in Lynnwood each February). We can reimburse expenses for travel (for example gas money) to the meetings.
Our VA research is intended to improve the health of Veterans. The research animals we work with are primarily mice and rats, and some pigs. We have investigations ranging from better treatments for Diabetes, to ways to prevent alcoholics from relapsing, to treatments for mild traumatic brain injury (like that received from being exposed to an improvised explosive device or IED), to understanding how inflammation affects the brain, to prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, to cancer therapy, to understanding and treatments for seizures…. and more. It’s a very exciting set of research programs, and I’d love to talk with anyone who is interested about what we do, and how we do it. We are committed to treating animals humanely, and in fact we have two veterinarians on staff dedicated to overseeing the program of animal care and use, and training of all research staff who will work with animals.
Cynthia Pekow, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA
Chief, Veterinary Medical Unit
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, Washington 98018 USA firstname.lastname@example.org
206-764-2448 FAX 206-768-5358