Benefits of Washington VA Loans for Veterans.
Veterans and Service Members, you’ve earned your VA eligibility- apply for your VA Loan today and become a homeowner in the beautiful State of Washington! Washington State loves its Veterans and offers generous Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, Transition, Recreation and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of Washington your home today!
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Does the State of Washington offer Property Tax Exemption for Veterans?
Yes. The State of Washington offers Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability a full property tax exemption if they own and occupy their residence and their disposable income is $35,000 or less ($40,000 or less as of 2016). A Veteran’s disability compensation and dependence and indemnity compensation is not included when computing disposable income.
Veterans with less than a 100% service-connected disability may still be eligible for a reduction in property taxes, depending on their disposable income and disability rating. Assistance Programs for Widows and Widowers of Veterans are also available. Contact the Washington State Department of Revenue website for more information and application forms.
What is the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP) program provided by the State of Washington?
he HVRP program, as described at the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project website provides the following services at no charge to Veterans in the Puget Sound Region of King, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties:
- Immediate needs- food, clothing, transportation, shelter;
- Outreach to homeless veterans providers;
- Employability needs and skills assessment;
- Job readiness services- including basic training, resume assistance, therapeutic work and transitional housing assistance; and
- 3-month, 6 month, and 9 month job retention follow-up
To be eligible, a Veteran must be homeless as described under Washington’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project website, have served as active duty in any branch of the US Armed Forces and must have been discharged under conditions that were not dishonorable.
What is the Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing Program offered in the State of Washington?
The Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing Program is a program located at the Veterans Home located in Retsil, WA that offers assistance to those in need of vocational rehabilitation, increased income potential and stable housing. The Program provides the following services to Veterans:
- Case Management
- On-Site Chemical Dependency
- On-Site Mental Health Services
- On-Site Job Center
To be eligible, a Veteran must have received an honorable discharge, served in any branch of the US Armed Forces, homeless for one or more nights, must be clean and sober for the last 30 days and have a desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle, must have a desire to make life changes in order to live independently and be willing to undergo a criminal background check. For more information, contact Building 9 at (360) 895-4393 or (360) 895-4394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Veterans Innovations Program offered in the State of Washington?
The Veterans Innovations Program provides assistance to Veterans and their families who are facing financial hardships as a result of deployment in support of either the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The program aims to ensure that Veterans and their families have access to all their benefits and the tools they need to provide for themselves and their families.
To be eligible, Veterans must have an honorable discharge, be experiencing financial hardship, and were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom of Noble Eagle and received the GWOT Expeditionary Medal. To apply, complete the VIP Application and submit to your Local WorkSource Veterans Representative at your nearest WorkSource Office.
What is the Veterans Estate Management Program offered in the State of Washington?
The Veterans Estate Management Program provides protective payee services for Veterans and their family members who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs by assuming custody of the individual’s financing and ensuring that basic needs are provided.
The Washington State VA director is authorized to provide the following services to Veterans and their beneficiaries in need of assistance:
- 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.
For more information, contact the Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs office at (800) 562-2308.
What is the County Veterans Assistance Fund available in the State of Washington?
Various counties in the State of Washington have an Assistance Fund that provides assistance with rent, mortgage and shelter to Veterans or eligible family members in need. To be eligible an honorably discharged Veteran or eligible family member as defined by law, must be a resident of Washington State for last least six months immediately prior to application must and a resident of the county at least 31 days prior to application. Veterans or family members must be able to provide documentation verifying need. To apply contact your local county office for an appointment.
Does the State of Washington offer a Civil Service Preference for Veterans applying for State Employment?
Yes. Eligible Veterans seeking employment with Washington State receive 5-10 points added to a passing score when a competitive exam is given. If an exam is not administered, eligible Veterans, their surviving spouses or spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran rated with a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability receive preference for public employment. For more information, visit the Washington Careers Veterans' Preference website.
Washington became the first state to pass a law in 2011 that allows private employers to give preference to honorably discharged Veterans. This is a voluntary law. Employers that hire Veterans may qualify for a tax credit.
Does the State of Washington allow Veterans to use their Active Duty time towards Retirement after they become a State Employee?
Yes. The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems allows military service credit to public employees who served in United States Armed Forces, their Reserve units, or Air National Guard. For more information, call (800) 547-6657.
What employment assistance does the State of Washington provide Veterans?
The State of Washington has WorkSource offices located throughout the state to aid Veterans in finding and applying for employment. Contact your local Veteran Employee Specialist today to get started.
What is the Military Commercial Drivers License Skills Test Waiver offered by the Washington State Department of Licensing?
The Military Commercial Drivers License Skills Test Waiver allows qualified Veterans to waive the skills portion of the test when applying for a CDL license in the State of Washington. The CDL knowledge (written) portion cannot be waived. To be eligible, a Veteran must be currently licensed, and employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle.
To apply, bring the waiver, sign by your Commanding Officer, and medical certification, completed and signed by your doctor to your nearest Washington State Department of Licensing. Applicable forms can be found at the Washington State Military CDL Waiver website.
Does the State of Washington offer Education Benefits to Veterans?
Yes. Washington residents who served as an active or reserve member in the United Armed Forces, or active duty National Guard in active federal service under Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict on foreign soil or international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters and were honorably discharged, are eligible to receive a waiver of all or a portion of tuition and fees at Washington state universities and colleges.
The tuition waiver can be used toward an undergraduate or graduate degree, but not both. If a graduate degree is pursued, the waiver is based on the cost of regular tuition at the resident rate and not that of a higher tier tuition for programs such as Nursing, PharmD and Vet Med.
For more information, visit the Washington State Veteran Tuition Waiver Law website or contact the following universities:
Washington State University
Office of Registrar/ Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164-1035
Fax: (509) 335-9429
Washington State University Tuition Waivers
Undergraduate Veterans Partial Tuition Waiver Application
Graduate Veterans Partial Tuition Waiver Application
University of Washington
Bothell Campus: (435) 352-5307
Seattle Campus: (206) 543-6122
Tacoma Campus: (253) 692-5721
University of Washington Veterans Center/Tuition Waivers
Undergraduate Tuition Waiver for Veterans
Graduate Tuition Waiver for Veterans
Does the State of Washington offer Education Benefits to Dependents or Survivors of Veterans?
Yes. Washington State offers a 100% tuition waiver for an undergraduate degree to Washington residents who are a child, stepchild, adopted child, or surviving spouse or domestic partner of an eligible Veteran or National Guard member who lost their life, is rated at 100% disability by the United States Veterans Affairs, or is determined to be a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) as a result of their active duty service in the United State Armed Forces. The Veteran must be a Washington resident who served in a war on foreign soil or international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters and was honorably discharged, if discharged from service.
To be eligible, a child or stepchild must be a Washington resident between the ages of 17-26 pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. The surviving spouse or domestic partner has 10 years from the date of death, total disability or federal determination of MIA or POW status to receive tuition waiver benefits. If the surviving spouse remarries or establishes a domestic partnership, they are ineligible for benefits.
To apply at Washington State University, complete the Undergraduate Veteran Dependents 100% Tuition Waiver application and submit it to:
Washington State University
Office of Registrar/ Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164-1035
Fax: (509) 335-9429
To apply at the University of Washington, complete the Undergraduate Tuition Waiver for Children or Spouse of a Disabled/Deceased/MIA/POW Veteran and submit it to:
University of Washington
P.O. Box 355882
Seattle, WA 98195-5882
What is the Partners for Veterans Supportive Campuses?
The primary purpose of this organization is to develop partnerships with state, federal, county and local agencies to ensure that when a Veteran accesses one agency, they are referred to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs for an individual review of their needs and to ensure they have access to all of the benefits available to them and the support needed to succeed.
Since 2009, Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses has worked with Washington State’s Legislature, Governor’s Office, State Agencies and Post-Secondary Education Institutions have made great accomplishments in serving Veterans by updating laws and providing funding for grants to assist Veterans. These programs and bills include:
- VetCorps Program: This program provides a monthly stipend and educational scholarship to VetCorps members who serve other Veterans on campus by mentoring them and helping them succeed in their post-secondary goals.
- Military Resident Tuition Bill: This bill allows Veterans to pay in-state tuition as long as they move to or declare an intent to move to the State of Washington after separating from the military.
- Academic Credit for Military Students Bill: This bill requires that colleges have a policy in place to award academic credit based on military service by December 31, 2015.
- Early Course Registration for Veterans Bill: This bill requires that if an institution of higher education offers an early registration period for any part of the student population, an early registration will also be offered to to students who are eligible Veterans or National Guard members.
- Military Member Make-Up Classes Bill: This bill requires institutions of higher education to provide make-up classes, exams or other events to National Guard or other Reservists called to training or active duty for 30 days or less without prejudice to their final evaluation or course grade.
- In-State Tuition for Oregon Military Members Bill: This bill allows students who reside in Washington and are on active military duty stationed in one of nine Oregon border counties to be considered a “resident” student and eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. In addition, their spouse or dependent children stationed with them are also eligible for in-state tuition rates, as long as they also reside in Washington.
For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses website.
What is the State of Washington’s Operation Recognition Program?
Veterans who did not complete high school as a result of joining the military during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam wars may receive a high school diploma through the Operation Recognition Program. To be eligible, a Veteran must be an honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces, was schedule to graduate from high school, and left high school before graduation to serve in the War. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously. To apply, submit an Operation Recognition Application along with the Veteran’s Military Discharge Papers (DD214). If the Veteran’s military discharge papers are not available, a copy can be requested through the National Archives Veterans Service Records website.
What are the training and internship opportunities provided by the Veterans Conservation Corps to Veterans?
The Veterans Conservation Corps provides Veterans with internships opportunities that provide valuable training and work experience. These internships focus on restoring and protecting Washington State’s natural resources. This is an incredible opportunity for Veterans to learn a specific skill set, network with those in the field and start work immediately. Current internships include:
- Veterans Conservation Corps Crew: Participants take part in beach cleanup, trail construction and environmental restoration plantings. Hard physical work in all weather conditions is required. Project sites include Olympic National Park, rugged Pacific Coast because and the shoreline of Puget Sound. A 6-month 40 hour/week commitment is required. Compensation includes a living allowance, basic health insurance, $2,775 AmeriCorps Education Award, paid technical training (career-oriented certifications), potential deployment for disaster response state and nationwide, and great opportunities to network with environmental professionals throughout the state! Visit the link above for more information and to apply.
- VetsWork GreenCorps: This exciting opportunity combines skills training and hands-on work experience in partnership with AmeriCorps, Mt. Adams Institute and Umatilla National Forest Service (UNFS). Veterans must enroll in the Mt. Adams Institute VetWork GreenCorps Program and will receive training from UNFS in safety, chainsaw, tool use, wild land firefighting and crew organization. This program is designed to prepare participants for a variety of positions with the Forest Service. To be eligible, applicants must have a DD214 with an honorable discharge, a valid drivers license and clean driving record, be able to walk 3 miles within 45 minutes while carrying 45 pounds, be 19-35 years of age at beginning of service term, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to pass a background check. Compensation is $250/week and an education award of $2,114 upon completion of the service term. Low cost housing is available at $140/month and participants are eligible for non-competitive hiring status under the Public Lands Corps authority for 120 days after completion of the term. Visit the link above for more information and to apply.
- South Sound Ecological Restoration Technician: An Ecological Restoration Technician works with a team in the maintenance and restoration of prairie and wetland sites in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. Primary duties include noxious weed control, herbicide and mechanical control, GPS locating, data management and activity records maintenance. Technician will also monitor native vegetation, collect native seeds, and possibly operate heavy equipment. Strenuous physical activity is required at times. Technician will also have the opportunity to become certified in pesticide application, First Aid/CPR and prescribed fire red card, and participate in workshops about restoration techniques, professional skills, networking skills, and scientific methods. This position is a three month internship with the chance of extension and possible lead to other opportunities. This internships includes a stipend of $1280/month to cover living expenses. The schedule for this position is highly flexible. Visit the link above for more information and to apply.
- South Sound Nursery Technician: A Nursery Technician provides support to the plant production program at the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) and gains high quality experience in environmental restoration/preservation through planting, seed harvesting, weed control with mechanical and chemical means, soil management and tractor operation. Technician will also have the opportunity to become certified in pesticide application, First Aid/CPR and prescribed fire red card, and participate in workshops about restoration techniques, professional skills, networking skills and scientific methods. Technician may work independently, as a member of a crew, or as a crew lead with volunteers and inmates. Work is outdoors, five days a week in all weather conditions. This position is a three month internship with a chance of extension and possible lead to additional opportunities. This internship includes a stipend of $1280/month to cover living expenses and has a highly flexible schedule. Visit the link above for more information and to apply.
- South Sound Prairie Science Technician: A Prairie Science Technician provides support to prairie-monitoring projects of on-going restoration projects for western Washington prairies and oak woodlands through collecting vegetation data, monitoring prescribed-fire-effects and conducting butterfly surveys. Technician may also participate in studies involving native seeding techniques, herbicide effectiveness, mycorrhizal inoculation and prescribed fire severity and effects. Technician will also have the opportunity to become certified in pesticide application, First Aid/CPR and prescribed fire red card, and participate in workshops about restoration techniques, professional skills, networking skills and scientific methods. Work is outdoors, five days a week in all weather conditions. This position is a three month internship with a chance of extension and possible lead to additional opportunities. This internship includes a stipend of $1280/month to cover living expenses and has a highly flexible schedule. Visit the link above for more information and to apply.
Other Washington State Benefits for Veterans
Washington State offers Disabled Veterans License Plates, Armed Forces Plates, Gold Star License Plates, Special Military Plates, Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems and vehicle and boat registration for military personnel. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs License Plates website.
Disabled Veterans are entitled to Disabled License Plate free of charge. To apply, submit a copy of your disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, along with an application at your local Washington State Licensing office. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing Disabled American Veteran Plates website.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs provides a unique, state-funded counseling and outreach program to Washington state Veterans and their family members. Services offered include treatment for PTSD and War Trauma Counseling, Traumatic Brain Injury, Readjustment, Bereavement, and Military Sexual Trauma Counseling. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Counseling website.
Reduced Fishing/Hunting License
Resident Veterans with at least a 30% service-connected disability or 65 years of age or older with a service-connected disability are eligible to receive fishing and hunting licenses at a reduced rate. Disability must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For a list of reduced rates, see the Washington State Fishing and Hunting Disability Fee Schedule website.
State Park Pass
Disabled Veterans with at least a 30% service-connected disability are eligible to receive a Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass at no charge. This pass provides free campsite reservations through the State Parks central reservation system, including watercraft launching and trailer dump. It is valid year-round.
Reduced Public Transportation
Veterans with a disability rating of 40% or more receive a reduced rate of the regular fare on Washington state public transportation when proper proof of disability is provided. Contact (206) 553-3060 for more information.
U.S. Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible to receive the following interment services at the State Veterans Cemetery provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Burial plot or columbarium niche
- Concrete liner for casket burials
- Opening and closing of the grave
- Perpetual care of the gravesite
- Inscribed gravestone
- 30 minute committal service
Spouses and dependent children may receive the same services for a charge of $300. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Burial Benefits website.
Washington State assists Veterans in obtaining copies of Military Service Records (DD214), Exempting Records from Public Disclosure, Military Medical and Health Records, and replacing lost Military Awards, Medals, and Decorations. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Records website.
The following Veterans Homes are located in the State of Washington:
Spokane Veterans Home: Located in Spokane, this home provides 100 beds to Veterans or their dependents requiring skilled nursing care. For more information, visit the website above or call (509) 344-5770.
Walla Walla Veterans Home: Washington State’s newest Veteran Home located in Walla Walla is currently under construction and anticipates opening in Fall of 2016. For more information visit the website above or call (360) 725-2171.
Retsil Veterans Home: Retsil Veterans Home was established in 1910 and is located on a 31-acre bluff overlooking the Sinclair Inlet of Pugent Sound. This home serves 240 residents needing skilled-nursing care. In addition, the Retsil Veterans Home houses the Building 9 for Veterans Trasitional Housing Program, which assists those in need of stable housing, vocational rehabilitation and increased income potential. For more information, visit the website above or call (360) 895-4700.
Washington Soldiers Home Orting: Washington Soldiers Home and Colony located near Orting was established in 1891 and is located on 181 acres in the beautiful Puyallup Valley. For more information, visit the website above, or call (360) 893-4515.
All Washington State Veterans Homes are Medicaid and Medicare certified and offer 24-hour nursing care, medical care and pharmacy services. In addition, numerous supportive programs are available, including:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Recreational Activities
- Social Services
- Nutritious Meals
- Community Involvement
- Religious Programs
- Beauty & Barber Shops
- Patriotic Internment Services
- Fishing Pond (Orting)
- Volunteer Programs
To be eligible for admission, a Veteran must reside in the State of Washington, and have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard. The spouse, widow/widower or Gold Star Parent of a Veteran is also eligible for admission. To apply, complete the WDVA Veterans Home Admission Application and submit to your Washington State Veterans Home of choice. To request an application via mail, call 1-877-VETS-R-US (1-877-838-7787).