Assistance Available to Those Directly Impacted by the Government Shutdown

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.

Emergency assistance

  • 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: 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:

Federal VA Resources During Shut Down

Other programs outside WDVA

U.S. Coast Guard Resources

  • 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 or visit their Facebook Page.
  • Point of Contact for Coast Guard Pantry - Darren Davenport at 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)