Washington is home to over half a million Veterans and eight active military bases. Military Service Members and Veterans have much higher risk of dying by suicide than their civilian counterparts. The WDVA Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to implementing promising practices and evidence-based interventions to reducing Military and Veteran suicide in Washington State through education, peer connection and wellness services.
A major protective factor for suicide is community engagement and peer connection. The Suicide Prevention Community-Based Grant Program was established to fund grassroots peer-services in communities addressing suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and military families.
WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Prevent veteran suicide emblems for license plates
How to get your emblem
Available at all DOL Vehicle Licensing Offices where you license and register your vehicle! Ask for your emblem today!
Find a location near you: https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/vehoffices/
Or you can mail the application and fee to:
· Prevent Veteran Suicide Emblem Application
· Check/money order for the $18 fee payable to Department of Licensing
Special Plate Unit Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909 Olympia, WA 98507-8500
Questions? Contact DOL
Who can purchase an Emblem?
The general public may purchase a prevent veteran suicide emblem. Funds from this emblem go to support the Veteran and Military Member Suicide Prevention Account at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Where do I put the emblem?
This emblem can be put on any full size license plate type and must be displayed on bottom of license plate between the bolt holes.
How Suicide Prevention Emblem funds are used
Proceeds from the sale of the Suicide Prevention Emblem support the ongoing activities of the WDVA Suicide Prevention Program.
$10 from the purchase of each emblem is directed to the Veteran and Military Member Suicide Prevention Account and is tax deductible. The Veteran and Military Member Suicide Prevention Account is used for activities that are dedicated to the benefit of Veteran and Military Member suicide education and prevention including funding the Suicide Prevention Community-Based Grant Program.
Anyone who purchases or holds a Washington State license plate may purchase and display this emblem on their license plate.
Why Display the 988 Emblem?
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is the nationwide number for people to call, text, or chat if they're experiencing thoughts of suicide, a mental health crisis, substance use concerns, and any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they're worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 988 is available 24/7/365 and is confidential and free.
Displaying the 988 emblem on your license plate not only promotes use of this critical service, but also helps destigmatize mental health by normalizing that it's OK to reach out for help. It also shows compassion for your fellow Washingtonians who may need to hear that they matter.
Find more information at Department of Health's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline webpage.