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Lottery to support Washington vets launches

On Labor Day, Washington's Lottery and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) launchED the first annual Hometown Heroes Raffle to support veterans across the state. Every $10 raffle ticket purchased benefits the WDVA's Veterans Innovations Program, which provides crisis and emergency relief, as well as education, training, and


WDVA Welcomes 20th Higher Education Partner for Veteran Supportive Campuses.

  Olympia: For veterans just returning home from combat zones, making the transition from boots to books sometimes presents challenges. While our military personnel are well trained in military survival skills, they aren't necessarily experts at surviving on a college campus. Thanks in part to Washington state's Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses campaign, colleges and universities


WDVA appoints new leaders

  OLYMPIA- The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is proud to announce the appointment of Dax Dowling as the Associate Superintendent at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, and Steven J. Gill as Veterans Services Division Administrator in Olympia.         Dax Dowling came to WDVA from Evergreen Health Care Management, where he completed

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Thurston County Stand Down & Job Fair serves vets

Thurston County Veterans took advantage of a dual Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Job Fair event held in the Olympia National Guard Armory Nov. 17. Stand-Downs are typically a one-stop shop operation offered at various counties throughout a given state. These events provide direct and needed services, while connecting veterans to dozens

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Awardees honored for outstanding service to veterans

Thousands of people lined a mile-long parade route on Main Street in Auburn Nov. 11 to watch the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance. The day kicked off with a breakfast sponsored by the American Legion followed by a Remembrance Ceremony and Static Display & Exhibit Showcase held along the

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Direct2Apprenticeship: Learn more about apprenticeship programs

Transitioning servicemembers and veterans interested in learning more about apprenticeships, specifically construction industry apprenticeships, are invited to the upcoming Direct2Apprenticeship event being held on Camp Murray from 9 a.m. until noon, Nov. 28. This event provides an opportunity to hear from a multitude of employer panelists, to hear more about GI

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New vet home opens

WALLA WALLA - The veteran's community, media and public are invited to attend a grand opening ceremony at the Walla Walla Veterans Home Feb. 18, as officials cut the ribbon to officially open Washington state's newest veterans home. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Walla Walla Veterans Home,

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Former Madigan CSM to head state's veteran affairs

Today, Governor-Elect Inslee appointed Lourdes E. Alvarado-Ramos, or Alfie as we know her, as the first woman to serve as director of Your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.   "Words cannot describe how honored I am to serve you as Director of this great agency," said Alvarado-Ramos.  "Together

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Washington States Outstanding Service to Veterans Awardees Announced

Olympia - Several Washington residents will be honored this Saturday with Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards for their contributions to Washington State's veterans and their families during the past year. The awards - co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the

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