Tacoma, WA— Peninsula community combat Veterans will now have improved access to counseling services and referrals for VA benefits and community resources.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team beginning Monday November 18th to Olympic Peninsula. The mobile team will be at the following locations for dates and times shown:
Aberdeen 18 November 10AM - 2PM 1103 East Wishkah Blvd
Forks 19 November 8AM – 4PM 941 Merchants Road
Neah Bay 20 November 10AM – 3PM NAVFW Post 11481
Port Angeles 21 November 8AM – 4PM 216 S. Francis Street
Port Orchard 22 November 10AM- 230PM 216 Prospect Street
Veterans can make an appointment by calling (253) 565-7038. Veterans are also welcome for walk-in services.
SHELTON, Wash. - On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, spear-headed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, hosted a Law Enforcement suicide prevention course entitled “Protecting & Serving Our Own: Reducing Police Suicide & Building Resiliency”.
Over 75 attendees from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Washington and Oregon listened to the speaker/trainer Robert Douglas, who is a leading expert in the area of police suicide according to Dateline, CNN, Time Magazine, and the USA Today. Robert Douglas is also the author of 4 books: “Death with No Valor”, “Hope Beyond the Badge”, “Healing for a Hero’s Heart”, and soon to be published, “The Art of Being You”.
Robert Douglas served as a U.S. Marine, is a 25 year Police Officer veteran serving in 2 different Police agencies, has served 24 years as a Pastor and has served several Law Enforcement agencies as a Police Chaplain.
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Suicide Liaison Julie Zielinski, former competition body builder and mother of Chelan Deputy Sheriff Matt Zielinski, also provided a moving personal testimony about how her son, a Deputy Sheriff and US Marine combat veteran, committed suicide while employed as a Deputy.
Littlerock, WA - Bodie, a gentle black lab, was the first dog to graduate from Cedar Creek Corrections Center's new program where offenders train dogs to be service animals for Veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
DOC partners with Brigadoon Service Dogs and the Department of Veterans Affairs for the program which was recently featured in The Olympian.
There are nine other dogs in the program that are being taught basic obedience training by the offenders at the minimum-security prison.
DOC has dog training or adoption programs at all 12 of its prisons. The programs help increase staff and offender safety by providing offenders with an incentive to complete treatment programs and remain infraction-free, which are requirements to remain in the program.
Photo: Dog handlers Thurman Sherrill and Don Glaude trained Bodie in basic obedience. Bodie will finish his training with Brigdoon Service Dogs in Orting.
WALLA WALLA - The Washington State Penitentiary today received the "Above and Beyond" award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee for its exceptional support of staff members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve members and their employers and to assist with conflicts that arise during an employee's military commitment.
The bodies of two U.S. troops who died Afghanistan have been returned to their families in Portland, Ore., and Hoquiam, Wash.
In Hoquiam, a sudden gust of wind brought dozens of flags to attention Saturday at a ceremony for the entombment of 20-year-old Army Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn.
He died in a suicide truck bombing on the Fourth of July at Combat Outpost Zerok in Afghanistan.
Flags snapped in the wind at the Hillsboro Airport outside Portland as the remains of 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke arrived on a small charter jet at sunset Thursday.
Lembke lost both his legs and his heart and breathing stopped when an improvised explosive device was detonated on June 22. He clung to life at a hospital in Germany until July 10.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state agencies lowered to half-staff today for an Aberdeen soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Twenty-year-old Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn was killed on the Fourth of July when insurgents attacked a combat outpost.
Fairbairn and 19-year-old Private Justin Casillas of Dunnigan, Calif., died in the attack. Thirteen other soldiers were injured.