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Summary of Washington State Military and Veterans Benefits: Washington State offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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Washington State Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Washington State Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Washington State Personal Income Tax: Washington State does not have a personal or corporate income tax. However, people or businesses that engage in business in Washington are subject to business and occupation (B&O) and/or public utility tax.

Washington State Retirement Income Taxes: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.

Washington State Retired Military Pay Taxes: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.

Burial FlagWashington State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.

Washington State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Washington State Tax Benefits : Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.

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Washington State Property Tax Exemption: Disposable income is used to determine eligibility for certain property tax relief programs. Veterans' disability, dependency and indemnityVeteran in a wheelchair on his porch compensation benefits are NOT included in the calculation of disposable income. (Military retirement pay still has to be included in disposable income.)
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Exemption? To qualify for the Exemption Program, you must be at least 61 years of age OR disabled OR a disabled Veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability. (If a Veteran is disabled and unable to work, or at least age 61, the Veteran may still qualify even if they are not 100% service-connected disabled.) You must also own and occupy your residence and your combined disposable income must be $40,000 or less, (Veterans' disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation are not included when calculating disposable income.)

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 Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans: The qualifying Surviving Spouse receives assistance for payment of property taxes in the form of a grant. The assistance amount is based on the applicant's income, the woman crying, wiping tears from her eyevalue of the residence, and the local levy rates. The grant does not have to be repaid as long as the applicant continues to live in the residence until at least December 15 in the year a grant is received.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans?
A Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died as a result of a service- connected disability; OR was rated 100% disabled by VA for 10 years prior to death; OR was a former POW and rated 100% disabled for 1 year prior to death; OR died on active duty or training status. The Surviving Spouse must be at least sixty-two years of age by December 31 of the year the taxes are due OR be retired from regular gainful employment by reason of disability. The Surviving Spouse must not have remarried.

The Surviving Spouse must own and occupy a primary residence in the State of Washington; have combined disposable income of $40,000 or less.

Reporting/Documentation Requirements:

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans: ( RCW 28B.15.621 ) The State Legislature has authorized state community colleges, colleges and universities to waive all or a portion of tuition and fees' for eligible Veterans or National Guard members. Each college or university establishes and operates their own Veterans waiver program, so it is best to get in touch with the college or university you plan to attend for details on their program.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans? An eligible Veteran or National Guard member is defined as: "...a Washington domiciliary who was an active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces, or a National Guard member called to active duty, who served in active Federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge."

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Washington State Education Benefits for Dependents of 100% Disabled Veterans or Those Who Died as a Result of Military Service: ( RCW 28B.15.621 ) The State Legislature requires state universities and state community colleges to waive all undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible dependents 3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremonyof 100% disabled Veteran or National Guard member up to 200 quarter credits or equivalent semester credits. Waivers for graduate credits are encouraged but not required. Fees include all assessments for costs incurred as a condition to a student's full participation in coursework and related activities at an institution of higher education.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Benefits for Dependents of 100% Disabled Veterans or Those Who Died as a Result of Military Service?
Eligible dependents are:

  • A Child must be a Washington State domiciliary between the age of seventeen and twenty-six to be eligible for the tuition waiver. A Child's marital status does not affect eligibility.

  • A Surviving Spouse or surviving domestic partner must be a Washington domiciliary.

    • A Surviving Spouse or surviving domestic partner has ten years from the date of the death, total disability, or federal determination of prisoner of war or missing in action status of the eligible Veteran or National Guard member to receive benefits under the waiver. Upon remarriage or registration in a subsequent domestic partnership, the Surviving Spouse or surviving domestic partner is ineligible for the waiver of all tuition and fees.

    • If a death results from total disability, the Surviving Spouse has ten years from the date of death in which to receive benefits under the waiver.

An eligible Veteran or National Guard member is defined as: "...a Washington domiciliary who was an active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces, or a National Guard member called to active duty, who served in active federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge."

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Washington State “Operation Recognition” Highschool Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: ( RCW 28A.230.120 ) In recognition of their outstanding contributions, The Washington State Legislature passed three bills to issue high school diplomas to Veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. "Operation Recognition" is being instituted through individual school districts to award full high school diplomas to qualifying Veterans. This is a small, overdue, gesture of our society's gratitude for the sacrifice these individuals made in the name of freedom.
Who is eligible for Washington State “Operation Recognition” Highschool Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Veterans who left high school to join the military during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam (includes the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, in the case of a Veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period and the period beginning August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975 for all other Veterans) are eligible to receive a high school diploma if the Veteran:

  • Is an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces of the United States

  • Was scheduled to graduate from high school; and

  • Left high school before graduation to serve in the War

Veterans who received a GED are still eligible to receive a high school diploma. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.

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Washington State Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parent, and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student

Primary Points of Contact:
Gregory J. Lynch, Superintendent, Olympic Education Service District 114
105 National Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312
Email: glynch@oesd.wednet.edu
Phone: 360-478-6880

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

 Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service:  State employees must be granted military leave with pay not to exceed 21 working days during each yNational guard members doing an exercise with a K9, helicopter in the backgroundear, beginning October 1st and ending the following September 30th, in order to report for required military duty, training duty in the Washington State National Guard or the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps Reserves of the United States or any organized reserve or Armed Forces of the United States, or to report for drills including those in the National Guard under Title 10 U.S.C., or state active status. The employee is charged military leave only for the days that they are scheduled to work.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service? State employees that are National Guard or Reserve Service members on orders to report for military duty are eligible.

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Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: In every public department, and upon all public works of the state, and of any county thereof, honorably discharged Service members, who are Veterans of any war of the United States, or of any military campaign for which a campaign ribbon shall have been awarded, and their Surviving Spouses, shall be preferred for appointment and employment. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment, which does not in fact incapacitate, shall not be deemed to disqualify them, provided they possess the capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved.

( WAC 357-16-110 ) If an employer is administering an examination prior to certification, the employer must grant preference to Veterans in accordance with the Veterans scoring criteria provisions of RCW 41.04.010 . If no examination is administered prior to certification, the employer must refer the following individuals to the employing official under the provisions of RCW 73.16.010 as long as the individual meets the competencies and other position requirements:
Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference?
Must be a Veteran with Honorable Discharge, or their Surviving Spouses. Any Spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran that has a service-connected permanent and total disability shall also be preferred for appointment and employment.

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Washington State Veterans’ Scoring Criteria in Competitive Examinations: Veterans may receive scoring criteria status in competitive examinations for public employment. The percentage shall be added to the passing mark, grade, or rating of competitive examinations until the Veteran's first appointment. The percentag3 soliders resting against a building with full gear on e shall not be utilized in promotional examinations. The Scoring Criteria is as follows:

  • Ten percent to a Veteran who served during a period of war or in an armed conflict and does not receive military retirement.

  • Five percent to a Veteran who did not serve during a period of war or in an armed conflict or is receiving military retirement.

  • Five percent to a Veteran who was called to active military service for one or more years from employment with the state or any of its political subdivisions or municipal corporations.

  • All Veterans' scoring criteria may be claimed upon release from active military service.

Who is eligible for Washington State Veterans’ Scoring Criteria in Competitive Examinations? Must be a Veteran with Honorable Discharge or a discharge for medical reasons with an honorable record, where applicable; or Upon receipt of a United States department of defense discharge document DD form 214, NGB form 22, or their equivalent or successor discharge paperwork, that characterizes their service as honorable.

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System: If you take a leave of absence from your Washington State Department of Retirement Systems-covered position to serve in the United States military, you are interrupting membership in your retirement system. If you return to your DRS-covered position, you might be able to recover service credit for the time you spent in the U.S. Armed Forces.

That service credit is called “interruptive military service credit.” Service credit is one of the factors used in computing your retirement benefit, so increasing your service credit would increase your future monthly benefit.

Your military service must have been with the Armed Forces of the United States. That includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Marine Reserves, U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard.

You can recover between five and 10 years of interruptive military service credit, depending on your circumstance. If your service was during a period of war or an armed conflict during which you earned a campaign badge or medal, you can recover five years of interruptive military service credit at no cost to you.

You can also recover up to five more years of service credit by paying the contribution cost for those years.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System? Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces, or their Reserve or National Guard units (including two-week annual training for reserve components) are eligible.

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Washington State Work Source Veteran Services : The Washington State WorkSource website helps thousands of military Veterans - including disabled Veterans - find jobs each year. As a Veteran, you can get priority access to WorkSource services. This includes priority referrals to jobs that are listed with WorkSource, as well as other employment services.

Work Force logo  WorkSource centers offer Veterans and their Spouses:

  • Job listings, job referrals and hiring events.

  • Résumé, application and interviewing assistance.

  • Use of computers, photocopiers and phones.

  • Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources.

On the WorkSource website, you also can identify yourself as a Veteran to make it easier for vet-friendly employers to find you, and you can search for job openings where employers are giving Veterans priority over other applicants. Most WorkSource centers have Veteran Employment Specialists whose sole job is to help military Veterans with disabilities and other severe employment barriers. They'll assess your skills and interests and put together an employment plan that's right for you.
Washington State WorkSource Office and Services Directory

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Washington State Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Programs: The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries offers the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program that teaches Veterans what you need know to work in building and construction. This program is actively seeking transitioning Service members. Apprenticeships offer a way out of low paying, dead-end jobs and put you on a path to high-wage careers and financial success.

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Washington State Department of Health, Licensure Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Spouses : Washington State recognizes the contributions of Service members, Veterans, Spouses or domestic partners. The Department of Health is collaborating with the Office of the Governor, internal workforce commissions, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and other internal and external stakeholders to spread the word about licensing and/or credentialing opportunities. Military members are encouraged to seek out career opportunity resources they may be eligible for, and that may assist them in their search for employment before, during and after transition.

The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, Office of Health Professions and Facilities provides regulatory oversight, including licensing and certification, for over 83 health professions and or occupations. Military personnel may have met some or all of the credentialing requirements through military or other training and experience.

Military personnel interested in one or more of the listed occupations and would like more information about requirements may contact the Washington State Department of Health or select the desired occupation for program specific information from the Washington State Department of Health A to Z directory.

Licensure for Spouses and Registered Domestic Partners of Military Personnel Transferring to Washington: Spouses or registered domestic partners of military personnel transferring to or stationed in Washington may receive health professions credentials more quickly. If applicable, please include any required supporting documentation with the application for the health professional credential(s) you are seeking.

Military Education/Training/Experience Legislation: Military education, training and/or experience are evaluated toward meeting the credentialing requirements in this state for certain entry-level health professions. Review health profession(s) to determine eligibility and required supporting documentation. You may also contact the Washington State Department of Health, customer service for additional assistance.
Washington State Department of Health A to Z Profession Directory
Washington State Department of Health Contact Information
Washington State Department of Health, Military Resource Handout
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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain a group of 10 soliders standing togetherreemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Washington State Unemployment Compensation: Unemployment benefits are made available through taxes paid by your former employer(s) to partially replace your regular earnings and help you meet expenses while you look for another job. These benefits are intended to assist workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. While receiving benefits, it’s your responsibility to get back to work as quickly as you can.
Who is eligible for Washington State Unemployment Compensation?
Specific criteria must be met to be eligible for Unemployment benefits:

Basic eligibility requirements, Laid off or fired, You quit, Military discharge, You were injured, Corporate officers, Strikes & labor disputes, Temporary layoffs, standby, and furloughs, Moving in or out of Washington state, Frequently asked questions, Unemployment benefits while in training, Educational Employees

Military discharge: If you were discharged from active military duty within the past 18 months, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington state if you:

  • Are physically in the state of Washington, and your terminal leave is over when you apply for benefits

  • Completed your first, full term of active duty, or you were discharged for disability, hardship, reduction in force, etc.

  • Received an honorable, entry-level, uncharacterized or general discharge

  • Received a release or "discharge from active duty" form DD214, member copy 2 through 8; and

  • Are fully discharged from active duty, including leave time. (This information is in box 12b of the form DD214.)

In addition to these requirements, National Guard members and reservists must have served at least 180 days of continuous active duty during their base year.

Apply online or by phone: Whether you apply online or by phone, be sure to have the necessary information ready before you start. Both systems will "time out" after a short period to protect the security of your personal information.
Washington State Employment Security Department, Unemployment Insurance Required Information

Apply online 24 hours a day, seven days a week with eServices, Washington State Employment Security Department Online Portal . It’s much faster. You must use a laptop or desktop computer for this initial step—not a mobile device.

Applications may be made to the phone claims center at 800-318-6022. The phone claim center will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except holidays) as follows:

  • Monday : New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-3. Open only for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

  • Tuesday : New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-6. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday : Everyone (Social Security numbers ending in 0-9) can submit new applications. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

Applying online is much faster. If you call, be prepared for long wait times.

Note:
Applying for unemployment benefits later in the week will not delay benefit payments.
Washington State, Employment Security Department, Handbook for Unemployed Workers

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Department of Licensing Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Washington State Driver License or Identification Card: As of August 31, 2017, Veterans can get a Veteran designation on their driver license or ID card. There is no fee if you're only adding your Veterans status. Washington drivers license with veteran designation
Who is eligible for a Veteran Designation on Washington State Driver License or Identification Card? You must present a DD214, or equivalent, that shows "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions" status at a driver licensing office when applying.

There is a fee if you're:

  • Adding other endorsements at the same time,

  • Updating your address, or

  • Renewing your license – you can renew up to a year in advance.

Washington State Department of Licensing, Office Directory
Washington State department of Licensing, Driver Licensing Fees

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Washington State Military and Veterans License Plates: The state of Washington offers 14 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees and Family members. In addition, Washington has “Veteran/ Military Service Award Emblems” that may be affixed to any license plate type. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.
Washington State Department of Licensing, Veteran/ Military Service Award Emblems

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Washington State Gold Star License Plate: Gold Star Parents, Spouses, Children, and Siblings may qualify for a Gold Star License Plate under RCW 46.18.245 . These plates honor parents, Spouses, Children, and siblings of military men and women who lost their lives in service to our Country. Washington Gold Star Family License Plate
Who is eligible for the Washington State Gold Star License Plate? To qualify for Gold Star license plates, you must be certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being 1 of the following to a United States Armed Forces member who died while in the service, or as a result of their service:

  • Surviving Spouses (If the Service member died as a result of their service, please include verification such as eligibility for DIC, or other documentation which identifies a service-connected disability as the cause of death. Call 1-800-561-0132 option 1 if you have questions or need assistance.)

  • Birth mother or birth father

  • Stepmother or stepfather

  • Mother or father through adoption (Additional documentation required)

  • Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship care provider, or caretaker relative. (Additional documentation required.)

  • Biological Child

  • Adopted Child

  • Sibling

Surviving Spouses do not pay any registration or plate fees for one Gold Star License Plate. For all other individuals eligible for Gold Star License Plates, there is no additional fee for the Gold Star background design, but you must still pay all required vehicle registration and tab renewal fees. (Registration and tab renewal fees vary by location and type of vehicle.)

Mail your letter and Washington State Department of Licensing, Military License Plate Application to:

Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-9909

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Gold Star License Plate Fact Sheet

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Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate: Disabled American Veterans may be exempt from license fees on one vehicle per year. These special plates or tabs are good for the life of the vehicle, but don't grant disabled parking privileges. Washington Disabled Veteran License Plate
Who is eligible for the Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate? If you're a WA state vehicle owner who served in any branch of the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard and:

  • Had an honorable discharge or a medical honorable discharge

  • Have been rated by the Veterans Administration or military service, and

  • You’re receiving service-related compensation at 100% for more than 1 year.

Mail your letter and Washington State Department of Licensing, Military License Plate Application to:

Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500

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Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate: Washington residents who have received the Medal of Honor may receive a license plate representing that award. You must submit proof from the Department of Veteran Affairs that you have received the Medal of Honor. There is no special plate fee. Washington Medal of Honor License Plate
Who is eligible for the Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate? If you're a WA state vehicle owner and received the Medal of Honor:

  • You can get plates for up to 3 vehicles at no charge

  • You can have either the Medal of Honor or standard mountain background plates

  • You'll need to submit proof from Department of Veterans Affairs that you received the Medal of Honor

Mail your letter and Washington State Department of Licensing, Military License Plate Application to:

Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500

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Washington State Purple Heart License Plate: Any person who was issued the Purple Heart from any branch of the US Armed Forces, including the Merchant Marines, may be issued 1 vehicle license plate indicating that they were injured in one of this nation's wars or conflicts. There is an original plate fee of $32.75 for cars Washingtong Purple Heart License Plateand trucks and a $14.75 fee for motorcycle. The initial cost for a personalized plate is $84.75 for cars and trucks and a $66.75 fee for motorcycle
Who is eligible for the Washington State Purple Heart License Plate? This plate is available to you if you're a WA state vehicle owner and you have proof (DD214 or DA 638 showing award of the medal):

  • That you were issued the Purple Heart, OR

  • You're a Surviving Spouse or domestic partner of a deceased Purple Heart recipient

Mail your letter and Washington State Department of Licensing, Military License Plate Application to:

Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500

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Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension: The State of Washington no longer issues licenses with a "Military" expiration date. They now show an expiration date. When you're on active duty the expiration date can lapse. This means if your license "expires" it's still valid, regardless of the expiration date. Washington State licenses and ID cards will remain valid for 90 days after you're discharged or until the expiration date of your WA license or ID, whichever is longer. Service members and dependents must have the following in their possession in order for their license to remain valid:

  • Washington State Driver’s License or ID card

  • Military active duty or Dependent ID card

  • Washington State, Department of Licensing Authorization card

Military personnel must apply for a Washington, Department of Licensing Authorization Card at a Washington State Department of Licensing Office.
Who is eligible for Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension? The following personnel are eligible for a license or ID card extension:

  • Armed Forces Service members on active duty

  • National Guard and Reservists called to active duty for 180 days or more

  • Spouses, domestic partners, and dependents who have the same residence as the person on active duty

Learn more about the Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of Washington State National Guard: Current active members of the Washington National Guard are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge. Additional supplemental life insurance for SGLI is available. This insurance pays an immediate benefit of $25,000 within 24 hours of death. Rates may be found at the National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance Website, or contact the administrator at 800-462-7441.
Who is eligible for State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of Washington State National Guard? Washington State National Guard Service members and their Family members are eligible for coverage.

Learn more about State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of Washington State National Guard

Washington State National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: In all cases where the organized militia, or aWashington National Guard Association insigniany part of the organized militia, is called into active state service to perform duties under RCW 38.08.040, except for anticipated planning, training, exercises, and other administrative duties that are not of an emergent nature, warrants for allowed pay and expenses for such services or compensation for injuries or death shall be drawn upon the general fund of the state treasury and paid out of any moneys in said fund not otherwise appropriated.

Learn more about Washington State National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Washington State Non-Resident Active Duty Military and Dependents Hunting and Fishing Privileges:  Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife offeDeer standing in the woodsrs resident license prices for non-resident active duty military.
Who is eligible for Washington State Non-Resident Active Duty Military and Dependents Hunting and Fishing Privileges? A member of the Armed Forces stationed at a military installation in this state (other than on temporary duty), is eligible to purchase a resident fishing or hunting license after presenting a valid military identification card and evidence that the member is stationed within the state, including, but not limited to, official orders or billeting documents.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, License Fees and Types

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Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife offers reduced licensing fees at a cost of half the resident fee. Man fishing from a dock at the lake
Who is eligible for Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans? If you are a resident of Washington State or a non-resident of Washington State, have been honorably discharged from military service, and have received a disability percentage rating from the Veterans Affair Administration (VA), you will qualify for a reduced fee license if you meet the criteria below. The following are eligible for a combination fishing license (fresh water, salt water, and shellfish) and/or hunting license(s) at a discounted rate:

  • Resident qualified disabled Veterans rated 30% service connected or more as verified by VA letter.

  • Resident Veterans 65 years of age or older with a service-connected disability as verified by VA letter.

  • Non-Resident Veterans with at least 30% service-connected disability as verified by VA letter.

  • Non-Resident Veterans 65 years of age or older with a service-connected disability as verified by VA letter.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, License Fees and Types
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hunter / Fisher Veterans Reduced Fee Application

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Washington State Free Hunting Privileges for National Guard Service Members: Members of the Washington National or State Guard may be eligible for a free annual licensing package that includes a big-game license (deer, elk, bear, and cougar with tags) and a small game license with a migratory bird permit.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Free Hunting Privileges for National Guard Service Members? The package is available to Washington state residents who are active, full-time Guard members, or who participate in drill training on a part-time basis.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, National and State Guard Hunting License Application

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Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass - No charge: Free camping/moorage, campsite reservations through State Parks central reservations system, watercraft launching, trailer dump and day use. Valid year-round. Offered to Washington state residents with a documented service-person rafting down a riverconnected disability of at least 30 percent.
Who is eligible for Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass - No charge? Veterans must provide a disability award letter, certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs or military service; a separation certificate or similar document on official letterhead stationery from the certifying agency; or have the pass application signed by the Department of Veterans Affairs or military service. The document must clearly state the percentage of disability and that it is service connected. Complete the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Application for Disability Pass and Veteran's Lifetime Pass and mail to:

Washington State Parks
1111 Israel Road SW
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans: The county auditor shall record upon presentation without expense the official discharge of each Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as a confidential record who is residing in the state of Washington. County Clerks may charge a basic recording fee and preservation fee, not to exceed $7, for recording of the "request for exemption from public disclosure of discharge papers."
Who is eligible for Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans? Military Veterans with DD214 are eligible.

Learn more about Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans

Public Disclosure of Discharge Papers for Washington State Veterans: Veterans' discharge papers filed with county auditors after June 30, 2002, are no longer public records. Veterans' discharge papers may be released to the Veteran, the Veteran's next of kin, a deceased Veteran's properly appointed personal representative or executor, a person holding the Veteran's general power of attorney, or anyone else designated in writing by the Veteran to receive the records.

Learn more about Public Disclosure of Discharge Papers for Washington State Veterans

Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound: Local participating transit authorities, offer disabled Veteran passengers travel at a reduced rate with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). SoundTransit Ride the Wave sign
Who is eligible for Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound? Disabled Veteran passengers certified by the Veterans Administration at a 40 percent or greater disability level.

Learn more about Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) provides an outreach/counseling program to Veterans with war-era and PTSD-related problems. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program creates community-based avenues to counseling service that are less formal in nature, offering the highest level of confidentiality possible. Services provided throughout the program include individual, couples, Family, and Veteran group counseling. Some contractors offer group services to women Veterans and Spouses of Veterans. Veterans may be referred to specialized inpatient or outpatient treatment offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or Vet Centers within Washington State.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program?

  • Honorably discharged war era (any of the nation's war or peacekeeping periods) Veterans and their Family members

  • Washington State National Guard or Military Reserve members deployed in support of the nation's war and peacekeeping missions, and their Family members

  • The Veteran does not need to be suffering from or diagnosed with PTSD, but should be able to demonstrate significant post war adjustment issues to warrant outpatient care

  • No VA service-connected disability for any condition is required for this service within the WDVA PTSD Program

  • Services are free to qualified Veterans

  • Priority is given to those most vulnerable or having no other reasonable options for care.

NOTE: King County has slightly different eligibility criteria. Veterans, Military Service members and their Families, definitions for these targeted populations are:

  • Military Service member: A person currently serving in a branch of the military, including the National Guard and reservists for any branch of the military.

  • Veteran: A person who has served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard; or a person who has served in the National Guard.

  • Veteran Family: A Veteran’s or military Service member’s Spouse, domestic partner or Child, or the Child of the Spouse or domestic partner, or other dependent relatives if living in the household of a Veteran or military Service member.

School aged Children of War Exposed Veterans: Additional counseling and consulting resources are being used to educate teachers and school counselors of the potential needs of school aged Children of war exposed parents.

Services to Higher Education: The PTSD Program provides in-service training and consultation to college and university counseling and other professional staff, and faculty members. This special program is designed to address the needs of war exposed Veterans who have returned to school after discharge from the military, and who seek assistance at student counseling centers on campus.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program Brochure

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP): HVRP is a proven, successful program that gets homeless Veterans off the street and back to being productive members of society. WDVA provides HVRP-Urban services to Veterans in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Yakima, Spokane, Stevens, Pend O'Reille, Ferry, Grant, Adams, Lincoln, and Whitman Counties.

The HVRP offers a structured, individually designed case management plan to assist Veterans become employable and secure.

Program Services include:

  • Immediate needs - food, clothing, transportation, and access to shelter

  • Outreach to homeless Veterans providers

  • Employability needs and skills assessment

  • Job readiness services, including transitional housing assistance, basic skills training, therapeutic work, résumé development and employment opportunity referrals; and

  • 30, 60, 90, 180, and 270-day job retention follow-up

Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP)? To be eligible for participation under HVRP, an individual must be a Veteran and homeless as defined:

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP)

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program offers protective payee services for Veterans and Family members who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs. By assuming custody of the individual's finances, the department ensures basic needs - such as housing, food, clothing and medical care - are provided. These services may include the following:

  • Fiduciary appointment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Representative payee appointment by the Social Security Administration; or

  • Act as an executor of a Veteran's estate

Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program? Military Veterans and their beneficiaries are eligible.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC): The Veterans Conservation Corps Program provides meaningful training and volunteer opportunities for Veterans. VCC project coordinators can be found in the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) Project Coordinator Directory .

Below are their areas of focus:

  • The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses provides information and assistance to the state’s institutions of post-secondary education and training programs to help Veterans succeed in post-secondary education and training.

  • Washington State Veterans Peer Corps A Veterans Peer Corps Member is a Veteran, or a Veteran’s dependent, who receives training and certification and then serves as a peer mentor by facilitating meetings and activities. The Veterans Peer Corps gives Veterans places to gather, share experiences and stories, heal together, and ultimately create a sense of a Veteran Community within their own community.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC)

Washington State Veterans Homes: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs operates four long-term nursing and assisted-living care homes; Washington State Soldiers Home, Orting ; Washington State Veterans Home, Port Orchard ; Spokane Veterans Home ; and the Walla Walla Veterans Home . All Washington State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities.

In addition there is the Veterans Transitional Housing Program which has facilities in Port Orchard and Orting, WA.

Washington State Veterans Home  The transitional housing facilities are available to assist those in need of stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and increased income potential. Veterans are surrounded with supportive staff and wrap-around services designed to lead to their successful completion of the program and a successful return to the community.

The Veterans Transitional Housing Program focuses on three goals:

  • Increased residential stability of participants

  • Greater self-determination of participants

  • Increased skill level and income potential of participants

Transitional Housing Eligibility for Admission:

  • Washington Veterans Home Served in any branch of the US Armed Forces

  • Received an Honorable or General Under Honorable Discharge

  • Homeless for one or more nights

  • Clean and sober for at least the last 30 days

  • Desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle

  • Desire to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living

  • Willing to undergo criminal background check

Spokane Veterasn Home  The Washington Veterans Home facilities provide a number of supportive programs and services such as:

  • Physical Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Recreational Activities

  • Social Services

  • Volunteer Programs

  • Hospice

  • Nutritious Meals

  • Community Involvement

  • Religious Programs

  • Transportation

  • Laundry

  • Beauty & Barber Shops

  • Fishing Pond (Orting)

  • Patriotic Interment Services

Walla Walla Veterans Home  Who is eligible for Care at the Washington State Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Served at any time, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces including the National Guard

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Reside in Washington State

  • Be the Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Or be a Gold Star Parent

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Homes Application for Admission

Learn more about the Washington State Veterans Homes

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program: The Veterans Innovations Program was created to provide assistance to Veterans and their Families facing financial hardships due to deployments in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The program works with the Veteran and their Family to match their individual needs with the appropriate Veterans Innovations Program fund and other Veteran or non-Veteran programs and services. Their goal is to make sure the Veteran and their Family has access to all Veterans benefits and the tools they need to provide for themselves and their Families.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program Application
Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program?

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Deployed in support of Operating Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or Noble Eagle receiving GWOT Expeditionary Medal

  • Is experiencing financial hardship where income is not sufficient to meet basic needs.

  • Presents a discernable positive outcome.

  • Request is within the grant funding capabilities.

  • Submit complete application packet with required supporting documentation.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program

Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program: The Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program: is a down payment assistance, second mortgage program with a 3.00% interest rate and payments deferred for up to 30 years for Washington State Veterans who have served their country. Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program combines with the Home Advantage first mortgage loan program. Eligible households may qualify for a maximum loan amount of up to $10,000.
Who is eligible for Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program?

  • Persons receiving an honorable discharge or who have received a discharge for medical reasons with an honorable record

  • Members and honorably discharged former members of the Washington National Guard and Reserve; and

  • Never remarried Spouses and dependent Children of deceased Veterans

Borrowers must be first-time homebuyers or buying in a “Targeted Area”. Borrowers must qualify for one of the Commission’s first mortgage loan programs.
Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Targeted Area Listing

The maximum income eligible for the Veterans program as of 05/06/2019:

  • King/Snohomish $108,600

  • All Other Counties: $86,300

Borrowers must attend a Commission-sponsored homebuyer seminar prior to reserving funds. Cash back to borrowers is not allowed.

Learn more about the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program

Washington State, County Veterans Assistance: County aid for indigent Veterans and their Families who reside in Washington State for at least one year may be available. Contact each individual county official for eligibility information.
Who is eligible for Washington State County Veterans Assistance? Each county establishes a Veterans' assistance program to address the needs of local indigent Veterans and their Families.
Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Directory

Learn more about Washington State, County Veterans Assistance

Washington State Veterans Cemetery: Washington's State Veterans Cemetery is located 3 miles west of Fairchild Air Force Base. The State Veterans Cemetery provides for in-ground casket burial sites, Columbarium niches, in-ground cremation inurnment and a scattering garden is available for cremation interments.
Who is eligible for Burial in the Washington State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility for interment Washington State Veterans Cemetery in the State Veterans Cemetery mirrors National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements. There is no requirement to be a resident of the state of Washington. In general, all U.S. Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; Spouses; and Dependent Children are eligible.

Fax an Interment application and all military discharge documentation to the State Veterans Cemetery office at 509-299-6286 and follow-up with a phone call to 509-299-6280 Option ‘0’. A copy of the marriage certificate is also required for Spouse interments. If the Veteran / Spouse is pre-registered simply call 509-299-6280 Option ‘0’ and provide the name and pre-registration number.
Washington State Veterans Cemetery Interment Application
National Cemetery Administration Eligibility Fact Sheet

Interment Costs : For Spouses or eligible dependent Children, $300.00 will be collected on the day of interment. For Veterans, the Federal VA provides the following:

  • Burial plot or columbarium niche

  • Concrete liner for casket burials

  • Opening and closing of the grave

  • Perpetual care of the gravesite

  • Inscribed gravestone

  • 30-minute committal service

All other funeral expenses are paid by the Veteran's Family or estate. Some Veterans or their Surviving Spouses may be eligible for additional Federal VA benefits. To determine whether the Veteran or Family member is eligible for additional benefits please call 1-800-562-2308.
Washington State Veterans Cemetery Brochure

Learn more about the Washington State Veterans Cemetery

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Women Veterans Advisory Committee: The mission of the WDVA Women Veterans Advisory Committee shall be to ensure that Washington’s women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state Veterans' services and benefits.Police with K9

The goals are to:

  • Perform outreach to improve women Veterans' awareness of eligibility for federal and state Veterans' services and benefits

  • Assess the needs of women Veterans with respect to improve the Women Veterans Program

  • Make recommendations to the Director to improve benefits and services

  • Review programs, research projects, and other initiatives designed to address or meet the needs of women Veterans

  • Incorporate women Veterans' issues in the Department's strategic plan; and

  • Participate in National forums and committees for women Veterans

The program shall provide assistance to women who served in the United States Armed Forces or in forces incorporated as part of the United States Armed Forces, and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Women Veterans Advisory Committee

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Washington State

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Washington State: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

VA Cemetery in Washington  Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Washington State

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Washington State: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemetery in Washington State. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Washington State

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Military Installations in Washington State

Please see the Washington State Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Yakima Training Center

Air Force
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Team McChord

Fairchild AFB

Navy
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Whidbey Island Naval Air Stations
Naval Station Everett
Naval Base Kitsap
Naval Magazine Indian Island

National Guard

Washington Military Department Insignia

Washington Military Department

Washington Army National Guard

Washington Air National Guard
141st Air Refueling Wing
194th Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division



Resources

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service

Washington State Parks

Retirement Living Tax Information for Washington

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Resources for Women Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington Locations

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Army National Guard

Air Force National Guard, Benefits Information

Washington State Homepage

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Washington

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Document Review Date: 24 March 2020