The state of Washington provides several veteran benefits. This page gives a brief description of them.
Washington State Veterans Home
The state of Washington runs four state veterans homes, they are the Washington Soldiers Home in Ortig, the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard, the Spokane Veterans Home, and the Walla Walla Veterans Home.
There is a cost for care, you must have an honorable discharge, spouses, surviving spouses, and gold star parents are eligible for admission.
There is also a transitional housing facility in Retsil that offers assistance to homeless veterans and those recovering from addiction.
Washington State Veteran Financial Benefits
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
Honorably discharged combat veterans or those with a campaign ribbon, and their surviving spouses, get preferred consideration for appointment and employment.
For state jobs that require an examination 5 percent will be added to the score of a non-combat veteran, 10 percent will be added to the score of a combat veteran, and 5 percent will be added to the score of a mobilized guard or reserve member. If a veteran receives military retirement, they will get 5 percent added no matter what. 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. This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing.
CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived.
Washington State Conservation Corps
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs in partnerships with local counties, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and federal agencies operates several internship and paid programs. These programs work to restore and protect Washington State's natural resources.
Washington Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Discounted hunting and fishing licenses are available to 30 percent 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 percent or greater disabled veterans.
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 VA, or to other licensed mental health providers.
Free License Plates for Disabled Veterans
Veterans who have been receiving 100 percent VA disability for at least one year can receive a free disabled veteran vehicle license plate.
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. There is no residency requirement.
There is no charge for veteran interments, and a one-time fee of $300.00 fee for eligible dependents. 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.