The state of Washington provides several veteran benefits. This page offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.
- Veteran Housing Benefits Veteran Financial Assistance Benefits
- Other State Sponsored Veteran Benefits
- Washington State Veterans Benefits Brochure (PDF)
- Washington Veteran Housing ProgramsHomeless 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.
State Veterans Homes
The Washington Veterans Home at Retsil, the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony near Orting, provide high-quality, long-term nursing and assisted-living care for honorably discharged veterans. The newly opened Spokane Veterans Home serves 100 residents needing long-term nursing care. All homes are Title 19 (Medicaid) certified.
Residents at each home receive comprehensive, no-cost medical benefits, prescription drug benefits and 24-hour nursing care.
Licensed medical staff, including registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and certified nursing assistants (CNA) provide personal care specifically tailored to each individual.
Washington Financial Assistance Programs
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
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.