The Veteran’s Advisory Board (VAB) will consist of 9 voting members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Members must be current residents of Spokane County and must be honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military, selected from either local branches or nationally recognized veteran’s service organizations or the veteran’s community at large and will represent as wide an array of military service components as possible. Each commissioner will appoint two eligible voting members from their respective district. The County Commissioners will appoint all voting members of the VAB to include three voting members to represent the veterans’ community at large. Members at large will be approved by the Chair of the VAB. The Chairman of the VAB will be the Spokane County Administrator of Veterans Services.
The Veteran’s Advisory Board will provide guidance for the continuous improvement of the Veteran’s Assistance Fund to meet the veteran community needs through research and gap analysis discussion on a quarterly basis to ensure the efficacy of the program in supporting positive outcome for Spokane County Veterans.
It is estimated that Spokane County serves approximately 6000 veterans annually with the Veterans Assistance Fund (VAF) that has been in existence for several years and facilitated by the Spokane County Veterans Services Office, now re-organized as the Spokane Regional Veteran’s Center as of January 2017. The Spokane County Commissioners have agreed that services to Veterans shall be facilitated by the Spokane County Regional Veteran’s Service Center.