Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board
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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KITSAP COUNTY VETERANS
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Veterans Assistance Program

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/


On November 9, the Social Security Administration announces the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange. For more information, please go to: Social Security and Veterans Affairs Partnership Means Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans

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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.
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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.


VA Study for Alcohol Problems
The VA is conducting a study to evaluate two different medications, prazosin and naltrexone, for veterans with problems associated with alcohol consumption.  You may receive monetary compensation for your time and effort to participate.  The study is sponsored by the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research.  For eligibility and participation requirements, and contract information, please click here or call Robbie at 206-277-4872.

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.

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.
 
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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BOARD FUNCTION / PURPOSE
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners formed the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board on December 4, 2006 as allowed by Chapter 73.08 Revised Code of Washington, and County Ordinance 2.92 Veterans Assistance.

The purpose and establishment of the Veterans Advisory Board is to advise the Board of County Commissioners on the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families.




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