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Director: Jennifer Johnson




Veteran Services

The Veterans Assistance Program is operated by Skagit County Public Health, in partnership with Community Action’s Skagit Vets Connect Program. Veterans Assistance is provided to make sure that the residents of Skagit County, who have honorably served our country, are never forgotten.

Upon determining eligibility, the following services may be available to you and/or your family:

Veterans Document Support

  • Military medical record review
  • Military personnel record review
  • Disability Benefits Administration aware letter review
  • Verification of service statements
  • Enrollment in VA healthcare and eBenefits

Disability Compensation and Pension Claims

  • Support as veterans advocate and liaison
  • Assist with VA benefits claims process
  • Help determine best options for a claim
  • Assist with claim tracking progress
  • Review additional VA request for action
  • Explain VA decision letters
  • Provide guidance on submitting decision reviews and appeals

Elderly & Disabled Veteran & Widow Programs

  • Veteran continuous relief
  • Provides assistance for aid and attendance benefits
  • Provides assistance for housebound benefits
  • Assist surviving spouse with burial, disability indemnity compensation and widow pension

Emergency Assistance
The Veterans Assistance Fund (VAF) provides limited emergency financial assistance to veterans and their dependents in accordance with basic eligibility requirements.

  • Food, gas, clothing
  • Utilities with disconnect notice
  • Mortgage, rental, security deposit
  • Transportation assistance

Other VAF services

  • Discharge documents/DD-214
  • Transitional Housing Master Lease
  • Dental Van
  • Case management
  • Budgeting
  • Referrals and other assistance as appropriate

How to get more information about available services?

Contact our Veterans Assistance Specialist to discuss your individual needs. They can be reached in the following ways:

  • Schedule a phone or virtual meeting by clicking here.
  • By phone: (360) 588-5156 or (360) 391-1512
  • By email:
  • Drop in location/hours:
    • Community Action (160 Cascade Pl Ste 104, Burlington, WA 98233)
      • Mondays from 1pm-3pm (except holidays) and Tuesdays 9am-11am
    • East County Community Resource Center (45770 Main Street, Concrete, WA 98237)
      • 1st Friday of each month from 10am-3pm
    • Anacortes Senior Center (1701 22nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221)
      • Last Friday of each month from 9am-3:30pm

About Chris Diaz, Veterans Service Specialist/VSO

I’m accredited Veteran Service Officer with the Department of Veteran Affairs and assist veterans with claims. I can also assist veterans and their family members with answering questions, advising, and educating individuals and groups on what benefits are available from local resources, state resources and federal resources. Some of the those are life insurance, compensation and pension, health care, employment, housing, transportation, education and training, and Military records.

Skagit County Veterans Advisory Board

The Veterans Advisory Board advises the County’s legislative authority on the needs of local veterans, the resources available to local veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local veterans and their families.

The Advisory Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1800 Continental Pl, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, in the Skagit Room. Meetings are from 1pm to 2:30pm. At this time, meetings are also offered by ZOOM for those who prefer a remote option.

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Meeting ID: 850 9465 1762
Passcode: 818986

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