Veterans News/Events Archive

  • 06/09/14  2014 Tax Information for U.S. Armed Forces.
  • 06/09/14  Get Free Tax Prep Help
  • 06/09/14  Military Taxes: Family/Spouse Issues
  • 06/09/14  Deported Vets Eligible for Healthcare
  • 06/09/14  Project Healing Waters
  • 06/09/14  Thurston County Veteran Court - Olympia DCS Involvement
  • 06/09/14  2013 Proposed Military Pay Charts
  • 02/13/14  WDVA now open on Fridays- starting January 3, 2014 find out more.
  • 02/13/14  Veterans to Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase- December 4, 2013
  • 01/13/2014  SNAP Energy Assistance Outreach Event 12/18/2013
  • 12/19/13  The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Central Office will be open Fridays to serve veterans and their families!

    WDVA Olympia Service Center
    hours, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.
    Call 1-800-562-2308 or visit

  • 12/19/13  Veterans to Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase- December 4, 2013 

    Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning January 1, 2014.
    For the first time, payments will not be rounded down to the nearest dollar. Until this year, that was required by law. Veterans and survivors will see additional cents included in their monthly compensation benefit payment. For Veterans without dependents, the new compensation rates will range from $130.94 monthly for a disability rated at 10 percent to $2,858.24 monthly for 100 percent. The full rates are available at

  • 12/12/13  October 24-Career Day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • 12/12/13  Thurston County Stand Down & Hiring Event
  • 12/12/13  12th Man in the Military
  • 12/12/13  Seattle Seahawks change of command celebration
  • 10/15/2013  Wenatchee Military Stand Down
    Sept. 27 & 28, 2013
    8:00 am - 4 pm each day
    Wenatchee National Guard Armory
    1230 5th Street
    Wenatchee WA 98801
  • 10/15/2013  September 2013 Veteran Pre-Employment Academy
  • 10/15/2013  June 26, 2013 - Veterans for Veterans Career Fair
  • 10/15/2013  03/01/13 VA Switching to E-Payments
  • 10/15/2013  VA Updates Homepages
  • 03/05/2013  Justice Involved Veterans (YouTube Video)
  •  11/07/2012 - Thurston County Veteran Court - Olympia DCS Involvement:
    Thurston County Veterans Court celebrated its third-year anniversary on July 22. It was the first Veterans Court in the Pacific Northwest and only the 12th in the nation. Both Seattle Municipal Court and King County modeled their Veterans Courts after Thurston County's.

    The Thurston County Veterans Court was a response of Thurston County District Court, Prosecutor's Office and the Office of Assigned Counsel to the growing number of veterans and service members who become involved in the criminal justice system. A significant portion of these veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain injury and other impacts of their military service.

    Veterans Affairs and WDVA formed a partnership with the Thurston County District Court to provide a Benefits Coordinator and an Outreach Coordinator on-site during each hearing. Qualifying defendants, whose mental illness must be connected to the commission of the crime charged, appear regularly in court to discuss their treatment programs, work, education and other issues important to their successful rehabilitation. Defendants meet with program staff outside of court for monitoring and referrals.

    In order to graduate, the veteran must complete all recommended mental health, chemical dependency, domestic violence treatment, anger management or parenting classes. Random urine analysis is a requirement for everyone in the program along with regular check-ins with court social workers and weekly court hearings. Successful completion of the program takes approximately 2 years.

    Thurston County Veterans Court is held every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Thurston County District Court, Building 3, at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia. Gary Bierman, Olympia DCS Veterans Liaison, normally attends sessions and/or is available via phone to program court staff outside of court on participant's child support issues.
    Veterans Court also established in Spokane, Pierce and Clark counties with DCS participation.

  • 11/07/2012 - Bremerton: Veteran's Stand Down - September 22, 2012 The Tacoma DCS Field Office participated with the Bremerton CSO at a Veterans Stand Down on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Sheridan Community Center. This event served 149 service members, plus family and friends. This event is designed to assist veterans by providing a variety of services, to include addressing medical and dental needs. They also provide a hot meal, clothing and haircut to service members and their families. ESA staff, Theresa Adams and Sandra Paulino-Winborn, were available to answer questions related to DSHS programs, covering both the child support and public assistance programs. DCS and CSD attend these events quarterly and appreciate the opportunity to reach out to this population to assist where we can.