Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program
Human Services
614 Division Street, MS-23
Port Orchard, WA,  98366
Phone: 360-337-7185 * FAX: 360-337-5721
 
Last Updated:  January 23, 2017

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VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Click here to go to the Veterans Advisory Board)

APPLYING FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
Kitsap County Department of Human Services administers the Veterans Assistance Fund (formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors or Relief Fund) for veterans in need. The money comes from a small portion of property taxes and is dedicated to providing assistance to veterans and their families.

Every county in Washington state has a veterans assistance fund under the auspices of Chapter 73.08, Revised Code of Washington. Click here for link to RCW.

The fund is guided by the Policy & Procedures Manual for Assisting Veterans in Need in Kitsap County which describes the variety of benefits and eligibility: Manual (Resolution 062-2017)

For application forms and where to apply, please click here

NEWS, EVENTS AND RESOURCES

Stand Down offers information, resources, free services to veterans and their families Sept. 30 in Bremerton

Veterans and their families are invited to the fall 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave.  in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for women and men veterans and their families will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.

Agencies providing services at the Stand Down include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.

This event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their families only. Please provide DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card.  Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship.  Those who are active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 are encouraged to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life and make it as seamless as possible.

The event is sponsored by the VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109, DAV Chapters 5 & 22 and Women’s Auxiliary, Michael & Karen Johnson, Abraham House, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us .To download a copy of the event flyer, click here.

 

Veterans Needed to Serve as Volunteer Mentors for Veterans

(Port Orchard, WA) – Applications are open for veterans interested in helping other veterans through the Kitsap County Veteran’s Drug Treatment Court Mentor program. Volunteer mentors are needed to act as coach, guide, role model, advocate and supporter of the individuals participating in veteran's treatment court. They encourage and guide veterans through the court process, listen to concerns, make general suggestions and assist them in successfully accomplishing their goals. Mentors support veterans at a time when they may feel very alone - in a way that only other veterans can understand.

Applicants for the Kitsap County Veteran Mentors Program must be active duty or veterans who received an honorable discharge and willing to submit to a criminal background check.

For more information, visit www.kitsapgov.com/volunteer/current.htm or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.

Kitsap County Veteran Community Resources

A brochure is available that provides more information on where to find employment assistance, dental and medical care, help with utilities, housing, emergency shelter, food and clothing. Click here to view and download the brochure.
 
Veteran and Military Support Center - Olympic College
V.M.S.C. Newsletter, Winter Quarter
For more information contact:
Olympic College
Veteran and Military Support Center, Engineering Building, Room 100
1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, WA  98337-1699
Phone:  360-473-281  Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Kitsap initiative aims to end veteran homelessness
A recent outreach project to survey veterans living without shelter in Kitsap County revealed that 45 veterans are homeless and living in situations not meant for human habitation. The outreach project was part of a local initiative to end homelessness for veterans, called Homes for All Who Served. It’s being spearheaded by a coalition of agencies who are dedicated to housing veterans, including the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veterans Administration, and a wide range of Kitsap housing and social service providers. Click here for more information

Veterans Housing Options Group
This group is for Veterans who are currently homeless or at high risk for homelessness in the near future.  The group meets Mondays (except for holidays) from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., at Kitsap Community Resources, 1201 Park Avenue, Bremerton, WA  98337.  For more information click here or  call 360-473-2056.

Kitsap County Resources for Housing and Homelessness
Visit the Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness website for information on the Homes For All Who Served Initiative, where to get help and current data on homelessness in Kitsap County.


Performance Reports
The Veterans Assistance Fund Monthly Reports are available.  Click here for more information.

Operation Family Caregiver
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving's (RCI) signature military caregiver program, Operation Family Caregiver (OFC), recently announced its expansion into Washington.  The Bob Woodruff Foundation becomes the latest supporter, with a commitment to fund the new site.  OFC is a proven, evidence-based program that provides support to the families of newly returning service members and veterans.  Specially-trained coaches teach military families the skills they need to overcome unforeseen challenges and cope more effectively with problems they never imagined.  Caregivers who have completed the program report being less depressed and more satisfied with their lives, have fewer health complaints, and are generally more prepared to take care of their families.  For additional information, please click here.

Project CHALENG
Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) unites homeless service providers, advocates, Veterans and concerned citizens toward the goal of meeting the evolving needs of Veterans who are homeless.  This process describes the needs of homeless Veterans, identifies the barriers they face in obtaining permanent housing and works to resolve them through planning and cooperative action.  Since 1994, CHALENG has built thousands of partnerships - involving community and Veterans' groups, law enforcement agencies and federal, state and local government - that are improving services for homeless Veterans.  The June 2016 report can be viewed here.

Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members
In a collaborative U.S. Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs effort, the National Center for Homeless Education released an updated brief on "Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members."  The brief includes information about the educational rights of, and supports available to, children experiencing homelessness, including homeless children of veterans and military service members under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act; an overview of federal programs that target services specifically to the families of veterans with school-age children; and the homeless student enrollment total, which has continued to increase significantly over the seven school years.  To view the brief, please click here
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Justice For Vets Launches PSA Highlighting Veterans Treatment Courts
The cast of television's "The West Wing" has joined forces with the non-profit Justice For Vets to launch a powerful public service announcement supporting Veterans Treatment Courts.  "Partnering with judges and courts that want to identify Veteran defendants and get them connected to needed VA treatment is how we best serve them," said VA Secretary Bob McDonald.  "These programs are a perfect example of communities coming together to serve Veterans in a holistic way with VA care as a vital component.  If we are going to serve Veterans - all of them who have put so much on the line for all of us - then we're going to work together to see that they have the best services and health care available."  To read the entire article, please click here.

Recently Released
"Raising Awareness about PTSD:  A Resource Guide"
http://www.rntobsn.org/resources/ptsd/

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Current Veteran Voices Newsletter. Click here
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ABOUT US
Kitsap County is proud of its citizens who have served our country. The county is dedicated to providing information and assistance to our veterans who are residents, especially those in need.

The county provides four direct services to veterans:

  • temporary emergency assistance
  • informational e-mails (blind copied)
  • co-produces spring and fall stand downs
  • On Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, co-hosts The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma where the remains of deceased veterans are escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery.
KITSAP COUNTY VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD
The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board meets the 2nd week of each month, at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, please click here.

Applications are now open for those who wish to serve on the Veterans Advisory Board. For more information and an application, click here.
 
 
 
Need DD214?
Go to the National Archives or download this SF180 form.
Local Organizations
Click here for local Veteran Organization Contact Information.   
WDVA
http://www.dva.wa.gov/
The state provides a variety of services to veterans, including OEF, OIF and ONE veterans.
U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Click here for the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs web site.
Other Resources
Click here for other Veterans related resources.
Staff Contact
Andrew Sargent
Veteran's Coordinator
asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us
Phone: (360) 337-4811
Fax: (360) 337-5721

Hannah Shockley,
Office Supervisor hshockle@co.kitsap.wa.us
Phone: (360) 337-7185 x3530
Fax: (360) 337-5721


Memorials                      

Kitsap County has several memorials, monuments and other sites of interest to veterans, ranging from the grave of a sailor who was an Indian Wars casualty in November 1856 to contemporary times.
Click here for the tour.