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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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Submit all news articles to the Department VFW Webmaster. Make sure that you name the source of the article and the participants in the news event. Acceptable formats for pictures are TIFF, JPG, PNG, BMP, PDF and EPS (Photoshop) files.

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

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

Elect Linda Fairbank for Department Surgeon
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Linda Fairbank





Elect Gordon Huggins for
Department Jr. Vice Commander

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Gordon Huggins





Post 2669 and the Department Commander Ted Streete presenting a thank you award to the Red Lobster Staff for their support in doing our Steak and Lobster Dinner in November 2013.



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. 

Eagle scout Post1040.JPG

 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:


Preparation for Possible Lapse in Appropriation

Department of Veterans Affairs  

As many of you are aware, annual funding for the Government expires on September 30.  The Administration strongly believes that an appropriation lapse should not occur.  There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the Administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations. 
However, prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that an appropriation lapse could occur on September 30, 2013.  A lapse would mean that a number of Government activities would cease due to a lack of appropriation.  It would also mean that a number of employees would be temporarily furloughed.  To prepare for this possibility, VA is updating its contingency plan for executing an orderly shutdown of those activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations. 

I know that your primary concern about any suspension of VA operations is the potential impact on the health and well-being of our Veterans and their families.  This concern is shared by our elected leaders.  The good news is that the Veterans Health Administration has advance appropriations for fiscal year 2014.  This means the majority of our employees will be able to continue to provide services. 

The uncertainty of the current circumstances puts the rest of our workforce in a difficult situation, and should a lapse occur, it could impose hardships on many employees.  As we approach the end of the month, I am committed to providing you with updated and timely information on any further developments.  For now, should you have questions, I encourage you to visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Web site, which addresses the most frequently asked employee questions, at  If you have further questions, please contact your HR Liaison.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and patience through this process and for your continued service to the Department, the Nation, and our Veterans. 

Jose D. Riojas



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



  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
Senior Vice Commander
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


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.


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launches Veterans Cyber Hiring Pilot Programs. Click Here to view the flyer.


 Another National Convention is over, there were a variety of issues discussed. The biggest of all - the annual dues increase of $10.00 was passed by a 2/3 majority vote and will take effect on January 1, 2014. This opens two doors for us to work with:
   (1) Encourage all current annual members to pay their dues prior to the increase taking effect in January.
   (2) It also provides us with the perfect opportunity for annual members to convert to a Life Membership.
If a member is 30 years old, an annual member with dues of $40.00 per year until age 70 will pay $1600.00 in dues to our organization. If the same member converts to a Life Membership, at a cost of $425.00 or twelve (12) monthly installments of $38.64, there is a savings of up to $1200.00 at a minimum.
Every member needs to talk to these annual members and provide them with this information. Officers at the Post and District levels should be using the phone, mail or email to ensure this information gets out to our membership. Most importantly - get them to renew by January 1, 2014
Please focus on recruiting or reinstating members to our great organization. With the membership dropping yearly, our voice in the halls of Congress and to our Legislative representatives becomes weaker. It is our duty to protect the rights and benefits of those who have served and those that are currently serving. 
If you are planning a recruiting event, please inform the Membership Chairpersons for help or needed items.
See you at School of Instruction on August 10 at VFW Post 91 in Tacoma. Please bring all questions that you may be having problems with.
In comradeship and dedication,
Fred Green
Senior Vice Commander
Department of Washington


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. 


Listen to this week's TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin
to hear about:

  - Emergency Preparation
  - Pregnancy & Oral Health 
  - Line of Duty Care

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View the latest Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation Service Bulletin Click Here!







On Friday, Feb. 8, VFW Department of Washington line officers presented a $25,000 check on behalf of the VFW Foundation to internationally-recognized artist Michael Reagan, who has drawn the portraits of over 3,200 service members who have died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan: L-R: Fred Green, VFW Department of Washington Junior Vice Commander; Ted Streete, VFW Department of Washington Senior Vice Commander; Krist Huseby, VFW Department of Washington Commander; Michael Reagan


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


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.