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A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes.


A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to formally recognize caregivers of veterans, notify veterans and caregivers of clinical determinations relating to eligibility for caregiver programs, and temporarily extend benefits for veterans who are determined ineligible for the family caregiver program, and for other purposes.


A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit to small Businesses which hire individuals who are members of the Ready Reserve or National Guard, and for other purposes.


A bill to provide interim appropriations for the Coast Guard Retired Serviceman's Family Protection and Survivor Benefits Plans for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.


A bill making continuing appropriations for Coast Guard pay in the event of an appropriations act expired prior to the enactment of new appropriations (official title to be confirmed).


A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes.

HOUSE 2406

A bill to amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 to make certain changes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's commissioned officer corps, and for other purposes.

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The Director of the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake is joining the Eastern Washington Veterans Task Force in requesting support from community and veteran organizations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho to rename Washington State Route 902 (SR902) to the Gold Star Memorial Highway.

The term Gold Star derives its origin from WWI when mothers of service members lost during the war came together to support one another in their grief. These families hung gold stars in the windows of their homes.

Several individuals interred at Washington State Veterans Cemetery lost their lives during service in the military. If approved, this proposal would honor those individual and recognize surviving families as they travel to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery on this highway.

SR 902 is 12.36 miles long and begins at exit 264 where it travels northwesterly and passes Lakeland Village, then through Medical Lake before turning east at Brooks Road and continuing northeast before intersecting I-90 at exit 272.

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Washington’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance (OMVLA) announced a

centralized calendar of upcoming free legal aid clinics across Washington. These events are coordinated with community partners, providing qualifying military personnel and veterans with free assistance for a range of civil legal issues. The legal clinic schedule consolidates six months of events from multiple organizations at locations around the state. The schedule is available online at

OMVLA created the coordinated calendar of events and opportunities so military service members and veterans have easy access to information about how to find legal help and resources. The calendar covers the first six months of 2020 and will be updated as more events are scheduled. The OMVLA website also features educational resources on laws that offer protections and benefits to military service members and veterans. Legal professionals interested in volunteer opportunities can also find information on how to sign up to serve the state’s military and veteran families. Legal assistance is consistently identified as a top unmet need of veterans, with the Legal Services Corporation recently estimating that over 70 percent of households with veterans or military personnel experience at least one civil legal problem every year. While such problems can be similar to those faced by the general population, military service members and veterans can also experience legal challenges that are the result of or complicated by their military service.

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