WEST SEATTLE VET CENTER MAKE OVER SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Service ProjectSEPTEMBER 12, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

AMERICAN LEGION POST #160/WEST SEATTLE VETERANS CENTER

3618 SW Alaska S
Seattle, WA 98126

In honor of National Service Day

The Mission:

To cleanup, build, paint, and landscape at your West Seattle Veterans Center which is home to American Legion Post #160.

The Why:

Legion volunteers have struggled for a few years to finish this remodel. With a generous donation from the West Seattle YMCA, Post #160 needs your help to finish the basement and paint the exterior for its 2nd Phase to be complete. 3rd Phase will be tackling the west wing of the building and turning it into an office space were veteran non-profits can set up shop and improve the lives of veterans, their families and the City of Seattle.

We need you to help make this happen. Come to work, meet new people and make a difference. It’s time to Report for Duty in your community!

WHAT TO WEAR :

Closed Toed Shoes
Long Pants: Jeans or Carharts something you don’t mind getting dirty.

WHAT TO BRING :

Bottled Water
Gloves
Hat/Sunglasses
Sunscreen

PARKING :

Street parking around the area.

Sign Up!

NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AT THE WEST SEATTLE VFW SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

DO SOMETHING AWESOMESEPTEMBER 11, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

VFW POST 2713 – WEST SEATTLE

3601 SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98126

In honor of National Service Day

The Mission:

To cleanup, paint, and landscape at Farewell-Roosevelt VFW Post 2713

The Why:

This is Phase 1 of Post 2713’s building makeover. The focus will be on Painting the interior and exterior, cleanup around and inside the building, and brush removal around the parking area.

We will be doing this in partnership with the Hall’s current monthly occupants: Celtic Arts NW, Serenity Now AA, Fit4Mom and the Underground Theater.

The VFW is wishes to make the space more appealing to the community but they can’t do it without your help.

Come to work, meet new people and make a difference. It’s time to Report for Duty in your community!

***We will also start preparing West Seattle Veterans Center for the 9/12 support event***

WHAT TO WEAR :

Closed Toed Shoes
Long Pants: Jeans or Carharts something you don’t mind getting dirty.

WHAT TO BRING :

Bottled Water
Gloves
Hat/Sunglasses
Sunscreen

PARKING :

Street parking around the area.

Sign Up!

Connecticut Becomes First State to End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

Governor Dan Malloy joined by VA Secretary Bob McDonald for historic announcement

Yesterday, Governor Dan Malloy announced that Connecticut has become the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among veterans. This announcement marks another milestone in the campaign to end veteran homelessness nationwide. With towns, cities, and states coordinating efforts across the board to identify and house homeless veterans, the United States as a whole has become a truly national coalition for homeless veterans.

“We have set a high bar – and with today’s announcement, we’re on our way to achieving it. We are truly a national leader on these issues, because our veterans deserve access to housing, quality health care, education, and career opportunities. It’s our obligation to deliver for them, and that’s just what we’re doing as a state,” Governor Malloy said. “We established this bold goal to end homelessness among our veterans not because it’s good for our economy and makes communities stronger, but because it’s morally right. Ending chronic veteran homelessness is just another step forward and another marker of progress towards reaching our goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of this year.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald was on hand for Governor Malloy’s announcement, stating “President Obama has made a bold goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year, and states and cities across the country are committed to making sure every Veteran has a safe and stable place to call home. Here in Connecticut, you’ve responded to that challenge by helping the most vulnerable homeless veterans find permanent housing. Americans understand and believe, as I do, that no one who has fought for this country should have to fight to keep a roof over their head. This progress would not be possible without the partnerships that have been built here in Connecticut and across the nation; partnerships across the federal government, with state and local governments, with non-profit organizations and with the private sector. This is not a static challenge; it is an ongoing challenge and we will keep at it because that is what the men and women who have served our nation have earned and deserve.”

To read the full press release and view more coverage from yesterday’s historic announcement, see the latest post in Coalition Call.

Seattle VARO to host Veteran Town Hall Event – Friday, September 18, 2015

BENEFIT SERVICES PROVIDED TO VETERANS

The Seattle VA Regional Office administers a variety of services and benefits for our nation’s Veterans in Washington State including disability compensation benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services (VR&E), grants for special adaptive housing, Veterans benefits counseling, outreach services for the homeless, elderly, minority and women Veterans.

VA BENEFITS EMPLOYEES IN SEATTLE

There are 614 employees at the Seattle Regional Office working for Veterans including outreach specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Military Service Coordinators, and Veterans Service Representatives. Veteran employees comprise approximately 54% of the workforce.

KEY PERSONNEL AT THE SEATTLE VA REGIONAL OFFICE

Pritz Navaratnasingam, Director; Bill Borom, Assistant Director; Andrew Graf, Assistant Director; Michael Crouse, Special Missions Program Officer; Ayn-Marie Lofgren, Veterans Service Center Manager; David Boyd, VR&E Officer; Rob Hard, Public Affairs Officer.

YOU ARE INVITED: SEATTLE REGIONAL OFFICE TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING

The Seattle Regional Office (RO) cordially invites you to attend a Town Hall meeting on Friday, September 18th at 11:00am in Seattle, WA. The Veteran Town Hall event will be hosted by the Seattle RO and provides VA Leadership the opportunity to hear how you envision services for Veterans in the future. Staff will also be available to answer your individual healthcare and benefits-related questions.

What:

VA Town Hall Event

When: Friday, September 18th Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Where: Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174 – 4th floor North Auditorium

It’s Your VA – Tell Us What You Think!

No One Does More For Veterans

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