Most Counties in Washington State have their a program for supporting veterans. This week we look at Yakima County.

Yakima County Veterans Program has a long tradition of helping veterans and their families. It has three main programs:

The Veteran’s Relief Fund  assists qualified indigent Veterans and their family with temporary emergency assistance for:

  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Rental assistance
  • Eviction prevention
  • Burial expenses

The fund is not an entitlement and is used in conjunction with other available resources in the community. Participants must have:

  • Veteran verification
  • Yakima County residency
  • Low income status
  • Emergent need.

The Yakima County Veterans Incarcerated Program helps incarcerated Veterans in the Yakima County Department of Corrections facilities and other municipal jails within the county reduce recidivism and successfully reintegrate into the community. Services that may be provided:

  • Case management
  • Reentry planning
  • Legal advocacy
  • Essential needs
  • Medical treatment
  • Mental health treatment
  • Chemical addiction treatment
  • Veteran administration benefits
  • Housing
  • Employment and other identifiable needs

Homeless Outreach and Services seeks to end to homelessness among Veterans in our county,  and also works to prevent homelessness as well as advocate for affordable housing for Veterans and their families

For More help and information, see their web page.

There is also a nongovernmental Yakima County Veterans Coalition, which is not formally related but worth checking out.

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