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:  October 07, 2016



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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

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.
The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board meets the 2nd week of each month, at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, please click here.


NEW  Human Services Veteran’s program analyst position opened today, the posting can be found here.

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

VA Puget Sound announces Bremerton clinic location
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System has signed a lease for a new community-based outpatient clinic in Bremerton.  The new location, will be at 4205 Kitsap Way in Bremerton and will have an eventual capacity of more than 6,000 patients.  Details of when it will open will be announced in the coming weeks.  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  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"

Afghan Vet Asks Not to Be Thanked for His Service
Interesting article in the New York Times:

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

Need DD214?
Go to the National Archives or download this SF180 form.
Local Organizations
Click here for local Veteran Organization Contact Information.   
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
Stacey James,
Veteran's Coordinator
Phone: (360) 337-4811
Fax: (360) 337-5721

Hannah Shockley,
Office Supervisor
Phone: (360) 337-7185 x3530
Fax: (360) 337-5721


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.