Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this email finds everyone well! I want to invite you, your families, our active military, their spouses, families, our military veterans, and anyone interested in attending an event I'm hosting with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
During this event, you'll have the opportunity to meet our WDVA Military Spouse Liaison, Olivia Burley. This meet and greet event allows our Eastern Washington communities to learn more about her and how she can better serve our veterans, military spouses, and families.
Here are the details for the event.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: VFW Post 7952 (1369 George Washington Way, Richland)
Registration is encouraged: https://forms.gle/woRAKR8AXih6qK3g8
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 position who could help address housing issues, education needs, childcare options, employment, and certification, etc., for our military spouses and their families.
Following the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 6626 was signed into law creating the Military Spouse Liaison within the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. I 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.
I'm very excited to welcome Olivia to this critical position and to our side of the state. I look forward to introducing her to all of you. I hope you'll join us!
If you have any additional questions, thoughts, or comments, please contact my office. As always, thank you for the opportunity and the honor to serve you, your family, and our communities as your State Representative.
May God richly bless you all!