Rep. Brad Klippert to host meet and greet event with WDVA Military Spouse Liaison Olivia Burley on Thursday, Nov. 18

Rep. Brad Klippert, along with VFW Post 7952 and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), will host an in-person event for constituents, military spouses, veterans, and interested parties to meet and greet with WDVA Military Spouse Liaison Olivia Burley.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: VFW Post 7952 (1369 George Washington Way, Richland)

“During a committee hearing for the Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs a few years ago, several military spouses came to the hearing to voice their concerns about being a military spouse in a new state and having a difficult time transitioning to their life here in Washington. A bill was drafted to create a military spouse liaison who could help address housing issues, education needs, childcare options, employment, etc., for our military spouses and their families,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “We now have someone wonderful in the position, Olivia Burley. I'm so excited to have her be part of WDVA and get her into Eastern Washington to introduce her to everybody. This event will allow her to let our veterans, military spouses, and families know how she can serve them.”

Following the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 6626 was signed into law creating the Military Spouse Liaison position within the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. Klippert sponsored the companion bill, House Bill 2200.

Through this legislation, the WDVA is to conduct outreach and advocacy for military spouses; provide assistance and information on professional licenses, credentials, and employment; conduct research and create informational materials; examine barriers and provide recommendations to help access child care; coordinate with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to develop child care resources; and, coordinate with the Employment Security Department to develop a standard form to help find meaningful employment.

The event will include a Q&A session. Registration is encouraged via https://forms.gle/woRAKR8AXih6qK3g8.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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