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Department of Washington
5213 Pacific Highway East
Fife, Washington, 98424
Phone: 253-922-2114
FAX: 253-922-2208
Secretary, Robin Piatt


















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Department News


VOD Winner

Voice of Democracy winner at National Awards night. 

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The first picture is VFW Department of Washington Commander Fred Green and VFW Department of Washington Inspector Dean Miller on the USS ARIZONA with the National VFW wreath. The second picture is VFW Department of Washington Commander Fred Green and VFW Department of Washington Inspector Dean Miller with the Department of Washington wreath on the USS ARIZONA. 
The third picture is the boat leaving the USS ARIZONA.

VFW Department of Washington Commander
attended services at the USS OKLAHOMA.

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USO Ribbon Cutting and SeaTac Center Dedication Ceremony
held on February 4, 2015.

Click Here to see the news story.

Click Here to view the Membership Letter
from the Department Commander

Click Here to view the Voice of Democracy
and Patriot's Pen winners for 2015.


Dept Commander Fred Green presenting National recognition certificate for the Ford Motor company on 1/7/2015 for donating 560 Sleeping bag jackets to Washington's Homeless Veterans through the VFW Post 3070 and the Empowerment Program. To read the full article click HERE.


VFW National Commander puts Posts on Notice.
Click HERE to read his message.


Order your Department of Washington Commander's shirt for 2014-2015. Click HERE to download the order form.

Click Here to view the
slideshow from the 2014 Department Convention


Post News

Sultan VFW Post to Receive National Special Project Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 16, 2015) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) has announced that Post 2554 in Sultan, Wash., has been selected to receive the prestigious Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award in honor of its “American Flags on Main Street” project.

The Fred C. Hall award recognizes VFW Posts, County Councils, Districts and Departments for unique and outstanding community service projects that are over and above what is expected of VFW units.

In announcing the award, VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “Post 2554 worked tirelessly to transform its hometown, and after everything was said and done, ended up doing much more for its community. For more than 80 years, members of the Post in Sultan have been making a difference in their community and they are a perfect example of what the VFW is all about. Although they are a small Post, they were the spark of energy a town needed to ignite its patriotism.”

Representatives from the Post will travel to the VFW National Convention held in Pittsburgh, Pa., July 18-22, and receive a $1,000 service scholarship for future community projects. They will also receive a plaque congratulating them for this exceptional project.


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The history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51, Spokane, Washington, dates back to 1911.  In that year, veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War began work leading up to the establishment of John R. Monaghan Post 51 securing it with a charter on April 13, 1915.  There were 65 original charter members of our Post .

Fred Green Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars State of Washington presents the Century Certificate to the 100th Commander of Ensign John R.  Monaghan Post 51 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51 Commander Andy Patrick.


Post 7952 Malta Messenger Click HERE to read.



On September 30, VFW Post 5580 in partnership with Yelm United Methodist Church held a “Wounded Warrior Car Show” here in Yelm Washington.  We had decided when we had received confirmation that “A Day with the King” event would take place. We were going to use those tickets to send two (2) Soldiers from the “Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion” at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Tacoma WA.  The photo is of initial donation of $9130.80 to the “Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion” from businesses, VFW Post 5580 and Yelm United Methodist Church.

Post Commanders now have access to "Post Query" on the VFW National website. Click HERE to go to the web page.

Dinner is Served again at Post 224!  Click HERE to view the press release.

VFW Post 1040 Eagle Scout Award

Eagle Scout Award

VFW Post 1040 awards the
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Post Winners

Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 awards the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Post winners at a ceremony held at College Place Middle School on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.
Annually, more than 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was: "What Patriotism Means to Me."
Pictured L-R back row; Frank Martinez, VFW Post 1040 Sr. vice Commander; John Zambrano, VFW Post 1040 Chaplain & Andy Dingman, VFW Post 1040 Patriots Pen Chairman.
Front Row; 1st Place- Samantha Dickinson; 2nd Place- Ines Broerson & 3rd Place - Yusuf Ishaque

Submitted by

Martin Spani,
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph; 425-774-7416

Post 1040 Awards Law
Enforcement Gold Medal

Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 awarded this years Law Enforcement Gold Medal award to Lynnwood Police officer Robert "Todd' DeGabriele in a ceremony held at the Lynnwood Police Station. Officer DeGabriele has on numerous occasions served as an acting Sergeant of Police as the agency need arose. He recently has served on a committee that was tasked with revising report documents to enhance the efficiency of the Police Departments paperwork process. He is a 13 year Veteran of the Police Department serving with distinction as a field training officer and firearms instructor in addition to his regular duties as a patrol officer. He has been instrumental in the advancement of fundamental police training that has assisted numerous Lynnwood Police Officers in the performance of their duties.
Pictured L-R; VFW Post 1040 Sr. Vice Commander Frank Martinez, Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen, Officer Robert DeGabriele, VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani & VFW Post 1040 Chaplain John Zambrano.

Submitted by:
Martin Spani
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph: 425-774-7416

Emergency Medical Technician
Gold Medal Award

  Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 Commander, Martin Spani, awarded the Emergency Medical Technician Gold Medal Award on Thursday to Ronald A. Wertz of the South Bay Fire Department in Thurston County. Ron received this award for giving 34 tireless years of service to the Fire department. During his tenure with the Department, he held the position of Firefighter/EMT, level One Firefighter, Shift Captain and Incident Command CPR instructor. Ron Wertz is outstanding in his field, well representing the South bay Fire Department and is extremely deserving of the award.
Pictured L-R; Martin Spani, VFW Post 1040 Commander & Ron A. Wertz, EMT of the Year.
Submitted by:
Martin Spani,
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph; 425-774-7416



VFW Eagle Scout Award Presentation

VFW Post 1040 presented a VFW Eagle Scout award to Spencer K. Davis of Troop 7 at the National Eagle Court of Honor held at the LDS Church in Mukilteo on  December 26th. Eagle Scout Davis completed his Eagle Scout project which consisted of building a large bookcase and stocking it with many games at the  Harbor Point Retirement Center. He then spent hours training the residents on  how to use the games. 

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 Pictured L-R VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani, Post
Sr. Vice Commander Frank Martinez, Eagle Scout Spencer K. Davis and Post Chaplain  John Zambrano.
This event, the picture & story appeared in the Everett Herald; Edmonds Beacon & Lynnwood Journal newspapers. Since 2006, this was the 98th Eagle Scout Court of Honor that VFW Post 1040 has presented a VFW Eagle Scout certificate & Eagle Scout belt buckle.  
Thanks to Robert J. Bureker EOD, USN. Ret who submitted this article to the  It has gone Nationwide and can be seen by going to the web page:

Sr. Vice-Commander Kenneth Przepiora
of Kent-Meridian Post 6785 presents
a Buddy Poppy Award to a young Cub Scout.

Announcing the VFW Post Special Project Award
Click Here for Award Criteria.
Click Here for Award Entry Form.
Click Here to read the article from the Community Service Chairman Carlos Almeda.












Other News Headlines

 Art Widhalm is a candidate for Western Conference Vice Chairman.  Click HERE to view the campaign flyer.

Click Here to view the signing of Bill 5085 that makes Gold Star license plates permanent.

There will be 56 WWII Veterans and 52 guardians departing from SeaTac airport at 8:20 am on Saturday, May 9th on Alaska Airlines Flight 768 on a Puget Sound Honor Flight to Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport.   All 56 WWII Veterans and 52 guardians return to SeaTac on Monday, May 11th on Alaska Airlines flight 767 (from BWI) at 8:05 pm (
You are welcome to join us and greet our WWII Veterans when we return to SeaTac on Monday, May 11th for a Welcome Home Celebration in the  Atrium area on the southend baggage level of the airport (near the shuttle bus departures area).  

Washington State Attorney General Military Resource Updates, click HERE.

New Department of Veteran Affairs I.D. Card coming soon!  Please click Here for more information.

      During a post visit at Post 7089, a female veteran submitted a Life Member application including a copy of her DD214. Upon reviewing, it was discovered that she had obtained the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. We all understand that Global War on Terrorism is an automatic qualifier for becoming a member. The wording on this DD214 seemed different, so I took the DD214 and called National Headquarters this morning.  
      I was informed that the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is the qualifier.  The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal does not qualify for membership. This is a very important difference and can only be seen by reviewing the DD214.   
      A young active duty member must provide proof in writing showing the Expeditionary Medal was received.  The Service Medal is equivalent to the National Defense Ribbon.   
      If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will pursue an answer.
Thank you for your service, the work that you do and your support of veterans and community.
Fred Green
Department of Washington

Here is the contact information for the Washington State Attorney General's office for those veterans who suspect they have been victimized:

 Travis Alley at 206-464-6431 or

VA Grants up to One Year Retroactive Benefits for Veterans Filing Fully Developed Claims to Help Reduce the Backlog.
Click HERE to view.

Click HERE to read the Department of Veterans Affairs "Fast Letter" (FL) about procedures on restoring VA compensation withheld to recoup disability severance pay (DSP) for certain Navy and Marine Corps Veterans with a corrected DD Form 214 (DD 214), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or corrected separation orders.

Click HERE to read the Department of Veterans Affairs "Fast Letter" (FL) that provides guidance for establishing dates of claim including guidance for previously unadjudicated claims that are found or “discovered” in the claims folder. 

Warrior Wellness Project is meeting at JBLM at the Four Chaplains Chapel Thursdays from 1145 hrs to 1400 hrs. Click Here to view the flyer.