The Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) has selected nine projects to receive funding for veterans’ memorials in communities across the state.
Community organizations, non-profits, cities or other municipalities submitted applications detailing how they would use the funds to honor veterans or their families in their community. The projects receiving funding are:
-VFW, Edmonds Post 8870 for the Edmonds Veterans Plaza.
-Northshore Schools Foundation for a monument to students who died in armed conflicts.
-Town of Concrete for memorial markers honoring military service men and women.
-Spokane County to help restore the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
-City of George for a Memorial Flagpole Monument at City Hall.
-Town of Coulee City for the Coulee City Veteran’s Memorial.
-Washington Gold Star Mothers for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument along the I 5 corridor.
-American-Vietnamese War Memorial Alliance for the Auburn Vietnam Memorial.
-VFW, Fletcher-Wittenborn Post 9106 for the Forks Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.
Grant money is raised through the sale of Veterans Remembrance Emblems. The emblems include campaign ribbons or military awards, and are stickers that can be placed on Washington license plates.
The VAAC is authorized to disperse funds for direct costs of contracting, contract administration and project administration related to: projects that pay tribute to living and deceased veterans; upkeep and operations of existing memorials and; land acquisition and construction of new memorials.
The VAAC is composed of 17 members and advises the Governor and the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs on issues and programs concerning veterans.
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