Veterans' resource guide from Congressman Jim McDermott

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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A resource guide for veterans
from the office of Congressman Jim McDermott

On this Memorial Day 2014, let us embrace the idea that we all have a role to play in helping return our good soldiers to society: cleansed, rehabilitated, welcomed, and empowered. 


Veterans’ Resources

Washington State is blessed with an abundance of resources and services for veterans and their families. This resource guide is a comprehensive listing of information and services, including federal, state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations addressing a broad range of needs: veterans benefits and claims, health care, employment, education and training, housing, businesses, legal help and more. Here are some of the many resources included in this publication:

Veterans Benefits Administration 1-800-827-1000; VA Regional Office, Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174; Veterans Service Center (206) 341-8221

Veterans Health Administration 1-877-222-8387

Explore VA - U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

VA Puget Sound Health Care System 1660 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108, 1-800-329-8387

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Service Organizations

These Congressionally-recognized “VSO’s” represent veterans in claims for VA benefits and advocate on policy at the state and federal levels. They have offices on the 10th floor of the Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174. 

African American PTSD Assoc. 
206-341-8260 (10am-2pm M-Th) 
American Legion 
206-341-8262 (8am-3pm M-F) 

Disabled American Veterans 
206-341-8267 (7:30am-3:30pm M-F except Wednesdays 7:30 – 1pm) 

Military Order of the Purple Heart 
206-341-8296 (7am-3:30pm M-F) 

WA Department of Veterans Affairs 
206-341-8295; otherwise (800) 562-2308
(Seattle office is temporarily closed. Please contact the 1-800-562-2308 or visit the Olympia office) 

Paralyzed Veterans of America 
206-220-6175 (8am – 4pm M-F) 

Veterans of Foreign Wars 
206-341-8284 (7am – 3pm M-F) 

Vietnam Veterans of America 
206-341-8292 (7am – 5pm M-F) 

National Association of Black Veterans 
206-341-8281 (10am – 4pm M-Th) 

Wounded Warrior Project 
(Shares office space with WDVA. Office hours unavailable) 

American Veterans (AMVETS) 
253-472-2822, Ext. 2 (Tacoma, WA only)

Updated 05-10-2015 11:08pm


Anonymous,  May 28, 2014 at 3:26 AM  

If he wants to help military veterans in an election year, perhaps Rep. McDermott could investigate a recently implemented policy at the VA Hospital on Seattle's Beacon Hill, requiring ER patients to enter from the opposite side of the hospital, and then navigate a poorly designed labyrinth of hallways and elevators to get emergency medical care.

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