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KITSAP COUNTY VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD
BOARD FUNCTION / PURPOSEThe Kitsap County Board of Commissioners formed the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board on December 4, 2006as allowed by Chapter 73.08 Revised Code of Washington, and County Ordinance 2.92 Veterans Assistance.
The purpose and establishment of the Veterans Advisory Board is to advise the board of county commissioners on the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families.


Kitsap County is proud of its citizens who have served our country. The county is dedicated to providing information and assistance to our veterans who are residents, especially those in need.
The county provides four direct services to veterans:
  • Temporary emergency assistance
  • Informational e-mails (blind copied)
  • Co-produces spring and fall stand downs
  • On Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, co-hosts The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma where the remains of deceased veterans are escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery.

APPLYING FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Kitsap County Department of Personnel and Human Services administers the Veterans Assistance Fund (formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors or Relief Fund) for veterans in need. The money comes from a small portion of property taxes and is dedicated to providing assistance to veterans and their families.
Every county in Washington state has a veterans assistance fund under the auspices of Chapter 73.08, Revised Code of Washington. Click here for link to RCW.
The fund is guided by the Policy & Procedures Manual for Assisting Veterans in Need in Kitsap County which describes the variety of benefits and eligibility:Manual
For application forms and where to apply, please click here
NUMBER OF MEMBERS/APPOINTMENT TERMS
The Kitsap County Veterans' Advisory Board is made up of 17 volunteers from throughout the county who are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for one, two, or three-year terms. All members must be veterans of military or merchant marine service. A simple majority of the council shall be members of local chapters of national recognized veterans organizations.

Veterans Advisory Board Members

Term
Keith Ciancio
1/13/14 - 12/31/16
Steven Colby
1/13/14 - 12/31/16
Joel Courreges
1/1/12 - 12/31/14
Douglas Glispy
5/14/12 - 12/31/14
Wayne Hammock
1/14/13 - 12/31/15
Michelle Hodges
1/1/12 - 12/31/14
Mike Hume
1/14/13 - 12/31/15
Michael Kiser
5/14/12 - 12/31/14
Mark Lowe
1/1/12 - 12/31/14
Henry Murkins
1/14/13 - 12/31/15
Ed Palm
1/27/14 - 12/31/16
Samantha Powers
1/13/14 - 12/31/16
Corky Sullivan
1/14/13 - 12/31/15
Chuck Wagner
1/13/14 - 12/31/16
VACANT
1/1/12 - 12/31/14
VACANT
5/14/12 - 12/31/14
VACANT
1/14/13 - 12/31/15

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION

Jim McKenna, Program Coordinator
360-337-4767 jmckenna@co.kitsap.wa.us

Linda Ward, Administrative Assistant
360-337-4604 lward@co.kitsap.wa.us

Fax
360-337-5721

Events:


Veteran's Stand Down

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THE UNFORGOTTEN, Run to Tahoma V, Celebration of Life Ceremony. The event will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.

New Location: Outdoor Plaza, Kitsap County Administration Building,

619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA. Click here for directions.
"...the most heartwarming thing I have ever seen."
Mike L., Army Veteran, Kitsap Sun, May 25, 2013
Join us in a brief ceremony honoring in word and song as we receive the remains of departed veterans from the County Coroner and escort them to Tahoma National Cemetery.

external image Unforgotten%202011%20074.jpgThis annual event is sponsored by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, and Combat Veterans International.

It is estimated we have over 300 bikers, 40 cars and 7 service vans with disabled Vets in them forming a cortege going from Port Orchard to Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. If you are interested in more details, let me know and I can get them to you.

"I was honored to be a part of the planning of this and part of the ceremony". - Jim McKenna

Here is a link to an album of my photos. Do you want a CD of these? --Ed
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123927971@N08/sets/72157644419368510/






Off Base Transition Assistance Program

Veteran's Assistance Program


360-337-4883

DEPLOYMENT HEALTH CLINICAL CENTER HELPLINE


(800) 796-9699
Callers who are experiencing health problems due to medical illness or due to any deployment can call to set up medical evaluations and get information.

FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER


(360) 396-4115 or (800) 562-3301
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-4
Military family Relocation assistance, Exceptional Family member programs, Ombudsman, Volunteer resources, Counseling, Domestic Violence counseling, Transition assistance and employment programs.
Also loans out hospitality kits (Pots, Pans, dishes, Silverware, etc). Single persons can also use this resource. Now open at Bangor and Keyport.

HOMELESS VETERANS RETSIL


1141 Beach Dr-Port Orchard
(360) 895-4700; Admission-(877) 838-7787
State wide: (800) 562-2308 or (206) 220-6145
Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4:30
Website: www.dva.wa.gov
American Lake VA Hospital, Tacoma 206-582-8440 or 800-329-8387
This is a program for homeless veterans. They offer a place to stay, meals, medical staff and security. Participant needs to call admissions number to establish eligibility and apply for services.

NAVY/MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY


(360) 377-0602-Bremerton or (360) 396-6704-Bangor
Interest free loans for emergency transportation, funerals, medical/dental bills, food, rent, utilities, disaster relief, personal needs and vehicle repair. Other services include; education loans, budget counseling, visiting nurse, layettes, and coordination with other agencies and organizations. Active duty member must sign off on the forms.
Spouses must have specific General of Attorney in order to sign for financial assistance. Call for more information.

RED CROSS ARMED FORCES SERVICE CENTER


(877) 272-7337
Emergency communications number for active duty military members and their families assigned to commands within Kitsap and North mason counties.

VA HEALTHCARE PLAN


(253) 582-8440-Tacoma
This insurance is for veterans only. Due to legislative priority or number of applications received, a person may be turned down. If someone is receiving health care from a VA facility, they are automatically considered for enrollment. The above number is for the closest local office. Participant should have their DD-214 handy when applying.

Memorials


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Kitsap County has several memorials, monuments and other sites of interest to veterans, ranging from the grave of a sailor who was an Indian Wars casualty in November 1856 to contemporary times. Click here for the tour.

In 2003 and 2004, several community members came together and built a memorial to veterans of Kitsap County. This is their story. The documentary is 33 minutes long. Click here.