The lieutenant governor joined the Schultz Family Foundation and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families today for their WAServes kickoff event at the Museum of Flight—the eighth such regional network in the country dedicated to improving quality of care and access to critical services for service members, veterans and their families.
“If you’re a veteran in this state, you shouldn’t have to be lucky,” Habib told a crowd of about 200.
According to the WAServes release, the program aims to make it easier for active duty service members, veterans and their family members to find services they need. At the heart of the WAServes network is a coordination center accessed via the web or by calling a toll-free phone number. The program launches with over 50 service providers and will initially serve King, Snohomish, Island, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties.
The Schultz Family Foundation, founded by Sheri Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, supported the launch of the first “Serves” network in New York City in January 2015 and is happy to bring the program to their home state of Washington.
With over 40,000 veteran organizations in the country offering medical, financial, employment, housing and other services, finding and accessing services has become the number one self-reported issue for veterans and their families, according to a recent Blue Star Families survey. IVMF’s AmericaServes’ networks solve this problem by bringing together a wide range of vetted, service providers. Veterans and their families work through the local WAServes coordination center to identify what they need, and the center, run by WestCare Washington, matches them with service providers. Using HIPAA-compliant technology, each case is monitored to ensure people’s needs are met.