Veterans Program Advisory Board
Veterans Program Advisory Board
The King County Veterans Program Advisory Board is consulted with and their advice is solicited concerning the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to help local veterans, and the programs that could benefit local veterans and their families. They assist the King County Veterans Program with their advice regarding service planning activities. The Board supports the King County Veterans Program to provide high quality services to veterans and their families in King County.
Board member duties include:
- Reviewing the activities and plans of the Veterans Program
- Making recommendations to the Veterans Program Coordinator
- Advising county government on matters of concern to the veterans in King County
- Reviewing guidelines concerning the allocation of benefits to eligible veterans and their families
- Hearing and ruling on any grievances brought to the Veterans Program.
The Advisory Board is comprised of at least 13 and no more than 17 regular members (with alternates) who are elected to two-year staggered terms by the voting membership at the Annual Meeting held in February. All members of the board must be U.S. veterans who have been honorably discharged and are either members belonging to nationally recognized veterans' service organizations or from the veterans' community at large. The Board seeks diversity in age, gender, geographic representation, and ethnic and cultural perspectives as well as a mix of relevant skills, experiences and perspectives.
Budget Committee: Committee reviews the Veterans Program budget and makes recommendations or requests to the Veterans Program Coordinator. The committee also reviews the annual budget for the Veterans Program and reports to the full board each year.
Appeals Committee: Committee reviews complaints or grievances from veterans regarding services provided by the King County Veterans' Program. The committee makes recommendations to the Veterans Program Coordinator based on evidence heard before the committee.
Programs Committee: Committee members serve as community representatives to various veterans service organizations and make recommendations to the Veterans Program Coordinator for enhancing existing programs or designing new programs.
The King County Veterans Advisory Board was established in 1991 when the Washington State code was revised to mandate a relief fund for honorably discharged indigent veterans and their families (RCW 73.08.010) and is funded by King County taxpayers.
How to become a board member
Board members are elected at the annual general meeting held in February. Veterans organizations from throughout King County (which must have been chartered by an act of the United States Congress) are invited to send up to three representatives to the annual meeting. These representatives must be elected officers or individuals certified to represent the organization.
At this meeting, nominations are sought to fill up to seventeen board seats on the Advisory Board, including the chair and vice chair. Members are elected for two-year terms. In addition, the Veterans' Program Coordinator and the Outgoing Advisory Board Chair shall report on the Veterans Program activities during the preceding year and planned activities and budget for the upcoming year.
Advisory Board Meeting Summaries
The Advisory Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Renton WorkSource office (500 SW Seventh Street).