ROBERT M. GATES
Skagit Vets Connect
The Robert M Gates Skagit Vets Connect opened in May of 2019. Community Action has been providing services to veterans since 1992, but the Robert and Becky Gates gift allowed us to open up a new, designated center just for veterans. The services center is funded by donations and you can contribute by visiting our donation page here.
Skagit Vet’s Connect is honored to serve veterans and their families with dignity, respect, and a commitment to excellence. Our goal is to increase veteran awareness of all benefits by providing the best advice and assistance in obtaining county, state, and federal benefits. We help stabilize lives, allow access to other wellness and career services they may need. Our professional staff act as an advocate for veterans and their families, so they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.
We collaborate with community partners to ensure success for our veterans. Our supportive services are a hand-up to our veteran community by working with multiple national and community partners.
Community Action of Skagit County Vet’s Connect
Phone: (360) 416-7585
Mailing Address: 330 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon WA 98273
Veteran Assistance Funds (VAF)
Assist veterans during emergency crisis. Provides (limited) emergency funding to eligible veterans and their dependents. Our goal is to assist you through a temporary hardship and move you toward stability.
Types of emergencies financial assistance:
- 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
- Referrals and other assistance as appropriate
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Assist veterans with resources, such as finding housing, maintaining their housing, case management and advocating during landlord disputes.
- Funded through the US Department of Veterans Affairs
- Promotes housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing.
Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
This program serves homeless veterans. It is a partnership between the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Housing Authority. Housing offers Section 8 voucher, VHA covers case management with Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO)
County Veteran Service Officer CVSO (Vietnam Veterans of America)
Department of Washington Service Officer DSO (DAV)
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
Veteran Assistance Fund
Contact VAF Coordinator for income eligibility.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing
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Who is Eligible for VAF services?
To qualify for assistance, the following criteria must be met:
- Meet state definition of a veteran:
- a person in the military for at least 6 months, or with a medical discharge
- have a copy of their separation papers (i.e. DD 214),
- Have honorable/general discharge (if you have a “other than honorable” or “bad conduct” discharge, you may be eligible for SSVF)
- Must reside in Skagit County
How to Apply
County Veteran Service Officer: Appointments available by calling 360-416-7585 x1162. Walk-ins welcome for quick assessments and appointment scheduling. Concrete Veterans Center: Wednesday 9am to 2pm.
DAV Department Services Officer: 360-416-7585 x1171. By appointment and walk-ins for assessments only. Mount Vernon: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9am to 3pm.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families & Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing: Walk-ins through the Housing Resource Center.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am-3pm.
Veterans Assistance Fund: Call for appointment 360-588-5759. Walk-ins for assessment Monday through Friday 9am-3pm.
Veteran’s Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Skagit County Veterans Homeless Care Line 360-416-7585 ext. 1169