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The state of Washington provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Washington Veteran Housing Benefits

State Veterans Homes
The state of Washington runs four state veterans homes, they are the Veterans Home at Retsil, the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony near Orting, the Spokane Veterans Home, and the new Walla Walla Veterans Home. All provide high-quality, long-term nursing and assisted-living care. Eligibility requirements include;

  • Service at any time, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces including the National Guard;
  • Honorable discharge
  • Resident of Washington State
  • Spouse or widow of an eligible veteran
  • Gold Star parent

Homeless Veterans Program
WDVA provides outreach services for homeless veterans in Puget Sound. These services are designed to assist homeless veterans to become employable and reintegrated back into the labor market. Services include needs assessments, enrollments in appropriate programs, shelter and transitional housing placements, employment and training support services.

Eligible homeless veterans are provided with case management services and financial support to meet the needs of housing, transportation, food and clothing. The primary strategy for WDVA homeless veterans services is to promote job readiness development to improve homeless veterans competitiveness in the employment market.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP)
The HVRP offers a structured, individually designed case management plan to make veterans employable and secure by providing, housing, food, transportation, living stability and employment support services.

House Key Veterans Program
House Key Veterans is a down payment assistance, second mortgage program with a 3.00% interest rate and a ten-year loan term for Washington State Veterans who have served their country House Key Veterans combines with the Home Advantage first mortgage loan program. 

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Washington Veteran Financial Benefits

Veterans Estate Management Program
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veterans Estate Management Program offers protective payee services for veterans and family members who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs. By assuming custody of the individual's finances, the department ensures basic needs -- such as housing, food, clothing and medical care are provided.

The WDVA director is authorized to provide protective financial services to veterans and beneficiaries deemed in need of assistance. These services may include the following:

  • Fiduciary appointment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • Representative payee appointment by the Social Security Administration; or
  • Act as an executor of a veteran's estate.

Property Tax Exemption
Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability with an income of less than $40,000 (not including VA disability payment) may be exempt from paying property tax on their home. Surviving spouses may also qualify for this benefit.

Washington Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment
Honorably discharged combat veterans or those with a campaign ribbon, and their surviving spouses, shall be preferred for appointment and employment.

For state jobs that require an examination 5% will be added to the score of a non-combat veteran, 10% will be added to the score of a combat veteran, and 5% will be added to the score of a mobilized guard or reserve member. Honorable discharge is required.

Military Service Credit
Washington State Department of Retirement Systems offers military service credit to qualified public employees

Translating Military Training or Experience to WA State Licensure or Credentials
People with military training and experience may count their training and experience towards certain civilian healthcare profession credentialing requirements if the state determines it is substantially equivalent to the state's standards.

Military Commercial Drivers License Skills Test Waiver
The Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills test waiver form may be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing. CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived.

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Washington Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Discounted hunting and fishing licenses are available to 30% and greater disabled veterans resident or non-resident. These licenses are also available to those over 65 with any disability.

Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Active Duty
Active duty U.S. military stationed in Washington State are considered residents and qualify for resident licenses as long as they are stationed in Washington unless they have a license from another state, then they must purchase a non-resident license. An active duty military member who maintains his status as a resident of Washington can continue to buy resident licenses in Washington even if transferred elsewhere, as long as he/she doesn't purchase a resident license in another state.

State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass
Free camping/moorage, campsite reservations through State Parks central reservations system, watercraft launching, trailer dump and day use. Valid year-round for 30% or greater disabled veterans.

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Other Washington State Veteran Benefits

PTSD Counseling Services

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program attempts to create community-based avenues to counseling service that are less formal in nature, offering the highest level of confidentially possible. Services provided throughout the program include individual, couples, family, and veteran group counseling. Some contractors offer group services to women veterans and spouses of veterans. Veterans may be referred to specialized inpatient or outpatient treatment offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or Vet Centers within Washington State.

Washington State offers several other benefits including special license plates, returning veterans transition assistance, reduced public transportation fees, reduced fee hunting and fishing licenses, and more.

Washington State Veterans Cemetery
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery is located in Medical Lake, 3 miles west of Fairchild AFB near Spokane. Eligibility for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery mirrors National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements. In general, U.S. veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and their spouses and dependent children are eligible. For spouses or dependent children $300.00 will be collected on the day of interment. For veterans, the Federal VA provides the burial plot or columbarium niche,concrete liner for casket burial opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care of the gravesite, inscribed gravestone, 30 minute committal service. All other funeral expenses are borne by the family

Visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information on any of these programs.

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