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

KITSAP COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

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VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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(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 (Updated Dec. 14, 2015)

For application forms and where to apply, please click here

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.
NEWS AND EVENTS

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.

The VA pulls the plug on the site targeted for the new V.A. Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Bremerton ~ V.A. Puget Sound Health Care System terminated a lease of a potential new space at 4205 Kitsap Way, in the Oyster Bay Shopping Center, that had housed a Rite Aid pharmacy. The building doesn't meet seismic requirements, the agency said in a news release Thursday. For more information, please see the Kitsap Sun article:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/2017/01/19/va-terminates-lease-planned-bremerton-clinic-location/96797598/

Initiative close to sheltering all homeless veterans, affordable housing goal remains elusive
The Homes for All Who Served initiative – a partnership of federal, state, and local veterans programs – is redoubling its effort to ensure that all veterans have access to shelter and housing as quickly as possible. A July 2016 survey of homeless veterans identified 19 who were living without shelter, down from 45 identified in September 2015. As of November 2016, that number is five.
Click here for more information

 
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.

Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015

If you are a veteran or know of a homeless veteran in need of housing support services, please have them call Housing Solutions Center for further assistance at 360-473-2035. For further details about the Mayors Challenge, please visit http://hud.gov.  For additional information on local, county and state programs, please click here.


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

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

Afghan Vet Asks Not to Be Thanked for His Service
Interesting article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/sunday-review/please-dont-thank-me-for-my-service.html?_r=0

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Current Veteran Voices Newsletter. Click here
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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
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.