Chapter 43.60A RCW

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Sections
Definitions.
Department createdPowers, duties, and functions.
DirectorQualificationsSalaryVacancy.
General powers and duties of director.
AssistantsExecutive staffDeputy.
Delegation of powers and duties.
Additional powers and duties of director.
Powers as to state veterans' homes.
Veterans affairs advisory committeeCreatedMembershipTermsPowers and duties.
Counseling servicesVeterans, including national guard and reservists (as amended by 2017 c 185).
Counseling servicesCombat-affected veterans (as amended by 2017 c 192).
Peer-to-peer support programReport to the legislature.
CounselingCoordination of programs.
CounselingPriority.
CounselingPosttraumatic stress disorder and combat stress program.
Veterans stewardship account.
Veterans conservation corpsCreated.
Veterans conservation corpsEmployment assistanceAgreements for educational benefitsReceipt of gifts, grants, or federal moneys.
Collaboration with departments implementing the Washington conservation corps.
Veterans conservation corps account.
Agreements with federal entities for projects.
Cooperation with the salmon recovery funding board regarding project work.
Veterans innovations program.
Receipt of gifts, grants, or endowmentsRule-making authority.
Veterans innovations program account.
Certified veteran-owned businesses.
Veteran-owned business certificationRulesOutreach.
Awards of procurement contracts by state agencies to veteran-owned businesses.
Donations to disabled veterans assistance account.
Disabled veterans assistance account.
Helmets to hardhats program.
Transfer of personnel of department of social and health services engaged in veterans' servicesRights preserved.
Certification when apportionments of budgeted funds required because of transfers.
Federal programsRules and regulationsInternal reorganization to meet federal requirementsConstruction to comply with federal lawConflicting parts inoperative.
Collective bargaining units or agreements not altered.
Liberal construction1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115.
NOTES:
Veterans and veterans' affairs: Title 73 RCW.


43.60A.010
Definitions.

As used in this chapter the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) "Committee" means the veterans affairs advisory committee.
(2) "Department" means the department of veterans affairs.
(3) "Director" means the director of the department of veterans affairs.
(4) "Goods and services" includes professional services and all other goods and services.
(5) "Procurement" means the purchase, lease, or rental of any goods or services.
(6) "State agency" includes the state of Washington and all agencies, departments, offices, divisions, boards, commissions, and correctional and other types of institutions.
(7) "Veteran-owned business" means a business that is certified by the department to be at least fifty-one percent owned and controlled by:
(a) A veteran as defined in RCW 41.04.007; or
(b) An active or reserve member in any branch of the armed forces of the United States, including the national guard, coast guard, and armed forces reserves.
NOTES:
Reviser's note: (1) The definitions in this section have been alphabetized pursuant to RCW 1.08.015(2)(k).
(2) This section was amended by 2010 c 5 § 2 and by 2010 1st sp.s. c 7 § 117, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
Effective date2010 1st sp.s. c 26; 2010 1st sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 43.03.027.
Purpose2010 c 5: "The legislature recognizes the unique sacrifices made by veterans and the substantial challenges that returning veterans face after a period of military duty away from home. The legislature further recognizes that veterans who own private businesses may face particular hardships as a direct result of their military service. The purpose of this act is to mitigate economic damage to veteran-owned businesses as a result of military service, and to provide opportunities to them in recognition of the outstanding service they have given to their country." [ 2010 c 5 § 1.]
Construction2010 c 5: "This act is not intended to create a cause of action or entitlement in an individual or class of individuals." [ 2010 c 5 § 12.]
Findings2006 c 343: See note following RCW 43.60A.160.



43.60A.020
Department created—Powers, duties, and functions.

There is hereby created a department of state government to be known as the department of veterans affairs. Powers, duties, and functions to be vested in the department shall include, but not be limited to, all those powers, duties, and functions involving cooperation with other governmental units, such as cities and counties, or with the federal government, in particular those concerned with participation in federal grants-in-aid programs relating to veterans and veteran affairs.
[ 2017 c 185 § 1; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 2.]



43.60A.030
Director—Qualifications—Salary—Vacancy.

The executive head and appointing authority of the department shall be the director of veterans affairs. The director shall be an honorably discharged or retired veteran of the armed forces of the United States and shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. The director shall be paid a salary to be fixed by the governor in accordance with the provisions of RCW 43.03.040. If a vacancy occurs in the position of director while the senate is not in session, the governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the senate, when the governor shall present the nomination for the office to that body.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 3.]



43.60A.040
General powers and duties of director.

The director of the department of veterans affairs shall have the power and it shall be the director's duty:
(1) To conduct, control, and supervise the department;
(2) To appoint and employ and to determine the powers and duties together with the salaries and other expenses of such clerical and other personnel, subject to the provisions of chapter 41.06 RCW, as are necessary to carry out the duties of the department; and
(3) To perform all other matters and things, whether similar to the foregoing or not, to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 4.]



43.60A.050
Assistants—Executive staff—Deputy.

The director may appoint such assistants and executive staff as shall be needed to administer the department, all of whom shall be veterans. The director shall designate a deputy from the executive staff who shall have charge and general supervision of the department in the absence or disability of the director, and in case of a vacancy in the office of director, shall continue in charge of the department until a successor is appointed and qualified, or until the governor shall appoint an acting director.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 5.]
NOTES:
Certain personnel of department exempted from state civil service law: RCW 41.06.077.



43.60A.060
Delegation of powers and duties.

The director may delegate any power or duty vested in or transferred to the director by law or executive order to a deputy director or to any other assistant or subordinate, but the director shall be responsible for the official acts of the officers and employees of the department.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 6.]



43.60A.070
Additional powers and duties of director.

In addition to other powers and duties, the director is authorized:
(1) To cooperate with officers and agencies of the United States in all matters affecting veterans affairs;
(2) To accept grants, donations, and gifts on behalf of this state for veterans affairs from any person, corporation, government, or governmental agency, made for the benefit of a former member of the armed forces of this or any other country;
(3) To be custodian of all the records and files of the selective service system in Washington that may be turned over to this state by the United States or any department, bureau, or agency thereof; and to adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the preservation of such records and the proper use thereof in keeping with their confidential nature;
(4) To act without bond as conservator of the estate of a beneficiary of the veterans administration when the director determines no other suitable person will so act;
(5) To extend on behalf of the state of Washington such assistance as the director shall determine to be reasonably required to any veteran and to the dependents of any such veteran;
(6) To adopt rules pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act, with respect to all matters of administration to carry into effect the purposes of this section. Such proposed rules shall be submitted by the department at the time of filing notice with the code reviser as required by RCW 34.05.320 to the respective legislative committees of the senate and of the house of representatives dealing with the subject of veteran affairs legislation through the offices of the secretary of the senate and chief clerk of the house of representatives.
[ 1989 c 175 § 108; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 8.]
NOTES:
Effective date1989 c 175: See note following RCW 34.05.010.



43.60A.075
Powers as to state veterans' homes.

The director of the department of veterans affairs shall have full power to manage and govern the state soldiers' home and colony, the Washington veterans' home, the eastern Washington veterans' home, and the Walla Walla veterans' home.



43.60A.080
Veterans affairs advisory committee—Created—Membership—Terms—Powers and duties.

(1) There is hereby created a veterans affairs advisory committee which shall serve in an advisory capacity to the governor and the director of the department of veterans affairs. The committee shall appoint members to serve as liaisons to each of the state veterans' homes, unless the home has a representative appointed to the committee. This liaison must share information on committee meetings and business with the resident council of the state's veterans' homes, as well as bring information back for the committee's consideration to ensure veterans' home resident issues are included at regular committee meetings. The committee shall be composed of seventeen members to be appointed by the governor, and shall consist of the following:
(a) One representative of the Washington soldiers' home and colony at Orting and one representative of the Washington veterans' home at Retsil. Each home's resident council may nominate up to three individuals whose names are to be forwarded by the director to the governor. In making the appointments, the governor shall consider these recommendations or request additional nominations. If the resident council does not provide any nomination, the governor may appoint a member at large in place of the home's representative.
(b) One representative each from the three congressionally chartered or nationally recognized veterans service organizations as listed in the current "Directory of Veterans Service Organizations" published by the United States department of veterans affairs with the largest number of active members in the state of Washington as determined by the director. The organizations' state commanders may each submit a list of three names to be forwarded to the governor by the director. In making the appointments, the governor shall consider these recommendations or request additional nominations.
(c) Ten members shall be chosen to represent those congressionally chartered or nationally recognized veterans service organizations listed in the directory under (b) of this subsection and having at least one active chapter within the state of Washington. Up to three nominations may be forwarded from each organization to the governor by the director. In making the appointments, the governor shall consider these recommendations or request additional nominations.
(d) Two members shall be veterans at large, as well as any other at large member appointed pursuant to (a) of this subsection. Any individual or organization may nominate a veteran for an at large position. Organizational affiliation shall not be a prerequisite for nomination or appointment. All nominations for the at large positions shall be forwarded by the director to the governor.
(e) No organization shall have more than one official representative on the committee at any one time.
(f) In making appointments to the committee, care shall be taken to ensure that members represent all geographical portions of the state and minority viewpoints, and that the issues and views of concern to women veterans are represented.
(2) All members shall have terms of four years. In the case of a vacancy, appointment shall be only for the remainder of the unexpired term for which the vacancy occurs. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms, with vacancy appointments to an unexpired term not considered as a term. Members appointed before June 11, 1992, shall continue to serve until the expiration of their current terms; and then, subject to the conditions contained in this section, are eligible for reappointment.
(3) The committee shall adopt an order of business for conducting its meetings.
(4) The committee shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) To serve in an advisory capacity to the governor and the director on matters pertaining to the department of veterans affairs;
(b) To acquaint themselves fully with the operations of the department and recommend such changes to the governor and the director as they deem advisable.
(5) Members of the committee shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties but shall receive a per diem allowance and mileage expense according to the provisions of chapter 43.03 RCW.



43.60A.100
Counseling services—Veterans, including national guard and reservists (as amended by 2017 c 185).

The department of veterans affairs, to the extent funds are made available, shall: (1) Contract with professional counseling specialists to provide a range of direct treatment services to ((war-affected)) state veterans ((and to those national guard and reservists who served in the Middle East)), including national guard and reservists, with military-related mental health needs, and their family members; (2) provide additional treatment services to Washington state Vietnam veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder, particularly for those veterans whose posttraumatic stress disorder has intensified or initially emerged due to ((the)) war ((in the Middle East)) or combat-related stress; (3) provide an educational program designed to train primary care professionals, such as mental health professionals, about the effects of war-related stress ((and)), trauma, and traumatic brain injury; (4) provide informational and counseling services for the purpose of establishing and fostering peer-support networks throughout the state for families of deployed members of the reserves and the Washington national guard; (5) provide for veterans' families, a referral network of community mental health providers who are skilled in treating deployment stress, combat stress, ((and)) posttraumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury.

43.60A.100
Counseling services—Combat-affected veterans (as amended by 2017 c 192).

The department of veterans affairs, to the extent funds are made available, shall: (1) Contract with professional counseling specialists to provide a range of direct treatment services to ((war)) combat-affected state veterans and to those national guard and reservists who served in the Middle East, and their family members; (2) provide additional treatment services to Washington state Vietnam veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder, particularly for those veterans whose posttraumatic stress disorder has intensified or initially emerged due to ((the war)) combat in the Middle East; (3) provide an educational program designed to train primary care professionals, such as ((mental)) behavioral health professionals, about the effects of ((war)) combat-related stress and trauma; (4) provide informational and counseling services for the purpose of establishing and fostering peer-support networks throughout the state for families of deployed members of the reserves and the Washington national guard; (5) provide for veterans' families, a referral network of community mental health providers who are skilled in treating deployment stress, combat stress, and posttraumatic stress; and (6) offer training and support for volunteers interested in providing peer-to-peer support to other veterans.
NOTES:
Reviser's note: RCW 43.60A.100 was amended twice during the 2017 legislative session, each without reference to the other. For rule of construction concerning sections amended more than once during the same legislative session, see RCW 1.12.025.
Findings2017 c 192: "The legislature finds that:
(1) Veterans are national heroes who have made great sacrifices in their lives for the protection of our nation;
(2) Due to the relatively high number of military installations in our state, as well as the standard of living in our state, many veterans choose to live in Washington;
(3) Many veterans have a need for support services, including peer-to-peer counseling services. Some veterans need to talk about their experiences with combat, deployment, or other situations experienced during their time in the military. Often, there is no person better prepared to speak with a veteran about his or her experiences than another veteran;
(4) In 2009, the state of Texas created an award winning peer-to-peer counseling network, called the military veteran peer network. On a voluntary basis, veterans elect to receive specialized training about the facilitation of group counseling sessions. After receiving their training, the volunteers create peer-to-peer support groups in their local communities;
(5) Veterans living in Washington would benefit from a program that is similar to the military veteran peer network." [ 2017 c 192 § 1.]
Findings2017 c 192: See note following RCW 43.41.460.



43.60A.101
Peer-to-peer support program—Report to the legislature.

By December 31, 2018, the department of veterans affairs must submit a report to the legislature on the veteran peer-to-peer training and support program authorized in RCW 43.60A.100 to determine the effectiveness of the program in meeting the needs of veterans in the state. The report must include the number of veterans receiving peer-to-peer support and the location of such support services; the number of veterans trained through the program to provide peer-to-peer support; and the types of training and support services provided by the program. The report must also include an analysis of peer-to-peer training and support programs developed by other states, as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors, in order to evaluate best practices for implementing and managing the veteran peer-to-peer training and support program authorized in RCW 43.60A.100.
NOTES:
Findings2017 c 192: See notes following RCW 43.41.460 and 43.60A.100.



43.60A.110
Counseling—Coordination of programs.

The department shall coordinate the programs contained in RCW 43.60A.100 with the services offered by the department of social and health services, local mental health organizations, and the federal department of veterans affairs to minimize duplication.



43.60A.120
Counseling—Priority.

The department of veterans affairs shall give priority in its counseling and instructional programs to treating state veterans located in rural areas of the state, especially those who are members of traditionally underserved minority groups, and women veterans.



43.60A.130
Counseling—Posttraumatic stress disorder and combat stress program.

The department of veterans affairs shall design its posttraumatic stress disorder and combat stress programs and related activities to provide veterans with as much privacy and confidentiality as possible and yet consistent with sound program management.



43.60A.140
Veterans stewardship account.

(1) The veterans stewardship account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. Disbursements of funds must be on the authorization of the director or the director's designee, and only for the purposes stated in subsection (4) of this section. In order to maintain an effective expenditure and revenue control, funds are subject in all respects to chapter 43.88 RCW, but no appropriation is required to permit expenditure of the funds.
(2) The department may request and accept nondedicated contributions, grants, or gifts in cash or otherwise, including funds generated by the issuance of the armed forces license plate collection under chapter 46.18 RCW.
(3) All receipts from the sale of armed forces license plates and Purple Heart license plates as required under RCW 46.68.425(2) must be deposited into the veterans stewardship account.
(4) All moneys deposited into the veterans stewardship account must be used by the department for activities that benefit veterans or their families, including but not limited to, providing programs and services for homeless veterans; establishing memorials honoring veterans; and maintaining a future state veterans' cemetery. Funds from the account may not be used to supplant existing funds received by the department.
NOTES:
Effective date2016 c 31: See note following RCW 46.18.280.
Effective dateIntentLegislation to reconcile chapter 161, Laws of 2010 and other amendments made during the 2010 legislative session2010 c 161: See notes following RCW 46.04.013.



43.60A.150
Veterans conservation corps—Created.

(1) The Washington veterans conservation corps is created. The department shall establish enrollment procedures for the program. Enrollees may choose to participate in either or both the volunteer projects list authorized in subsection (2) of this section, and the training, certification, ecotherapy, and placement program authorized in RCW 43.60A.151.
(2) The department shall create a list of veterans who are interested in working on projects that restore Washington's natural habitat. The department shall promote the opportunity to volunteer for the veterans conservation corps through its local counselors and representatives. Only veterans who grant their approval may be included on the list. The department shall consult with the salmon recovery board, the recreation and conservation funding board, the department of natural resources, the department of fish and wildlife, the department of agriculture, conservation districts, and the state parks and recreation commission to determine the most effective ways to market the veterans conservation corps to agencies and natural resource partners.
NOTES:
IntentEffective date2007 c 241: See notes following RCW 79A.25.005.
FindingsPurpose2005 c 257: "The legislature finds that many Washington citizens are veterans of armed forces conflicts that have important skills that may be employed in projects that help to protect and restore Washington's rivers, streams, lakes, marine waters, and open lands, and help to maintain urban and suburban wastewater and stormwater management systems. The legislature further finds that such work has demonstrated benefits for many veterans who are coping with posttraumatic stress disorder or have other mental health or substance abuse disorders related to their service in the armed forces. The legislature further finds that these projects provide an opportunity for veterans to obtain on-the-job training, leading to certification in specific skill sets and to living wage employment in environmental restoration and stewardship. Therefore, it is the purpose of this chapter to create the veterans conservation corps program to assist veterans in obtaining training, certification, and employment in the field of environmental restoration and management, and to provide state funding assistance for projects that restore Washington's waters, forests, and habitat through the participation of veterans." [ 2007 c 451 § 1; 2005 c 257 § 1.]



43.60A.151
Veterans conservation corps—Employment assistance—Agreements for educational benefits—Receipt of gifts, grants, or federal moneys.

(1) The department shall assist veterans enrolled in the veterans conservation corps with obtaining employment in conservation programs and projects that restore Washington's natural habitat, maintain and steward local, state, and federal forestlands and other outdoor lands, maintain and improve urban and suburban stormwater management facilities and other water management facilities, and other environmental maintenance, stewardship, and restoration projects. The department shall consult with the workforce training and education coordinating board, the state board for community and technical colleges, the employment security department, and other state agencies administering conservation corps programs, to incorporate training, education, ecotherapy, and certification in environmental restoration and management fields into the program. The department may enter into agreements with community colleges, private schools, conservation districts, state or local agencies, or other entities to provide training, internships, and educational courses as part of the enrollee benefits from the program.
(2) The department may receive gifts, grants, federal funds, or other moneys from public or private sources, for the use and benefit of the veterans conservation corps program. The funds shall be deposited to the veterans conservation corps account created in RCW 43.60A.153.
NOTES:
Effective date2012 c 229 §§ 101, 117, 401, 402, 501 through 594, 601 through 609, 701 through 708, 801 through 821, 902, and 904: See note following RCW 28B.77.005.



43.60A.152
Collaboration with departments implementing the Washington conservation corps.

The department shall collaborate with the department of ecology and the department of natural resources and any of its partnering agencies in implementing the Washington conservation corps, created in chapter 43.220 RCW, to maximize the utilization of both conservation corps programs. These agencies shall work together to identify stewardship and maintenance projects on public lands that are suitable for work by veterans conservation corps enrollees. The department may expend funds appropriated to the veterans conservation corps program to defray the costs of education, training, and certification associated with the enrollees participating in such projects.
NOTES:
FindingsIntent2011 c 20: See note following RCW 43.220.020.
IntentApplication2011 c 20: See RCW 43.220.905.



43.60A.153
Veterans conservation corps account.

The veterans conservation corps account is created in the state treasury. All moneys appropriated to the account or directed to the account from other sources must be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be used only for purposes of the veterans conservation corps program.



43.60A.154
Agreements with federal entities for projects.

The department shall seek to enter agreements with the bureau of land management, the national park service, the United States forest service, the United States fish and wildlife service, and other federal agencies managing lands or waterways in Washington, for the employment of veterans conservation corps enrollees in maintenance, restoration, and stewardship projects.



43.60A.155
Cooperation with the salmon recovery funding board regarding project work.

The salmon recovery funding board shall cooperate with the department of veterans affairs to inform salmon habitat project sponsors of the availability of veterans conservation corps enrollees to perform project work. From applications submitted, the board and the department shall identify projects that propose work suitable for corps enrollees and located near where enrollees are based or may be created. The department may provide the project applicants with information regarding the benefits of employing a veterans conservation corps enrollee in the project, as well as training to increase the success of hiring a veteran.



43.60A.160
Veterans innovations program.

(1) There is created in the department a veterans innovations program. The purpose of the veterans innovations program is to provide crisis and emergency relief and education, training, and employment assistance to veterans and their families in their communities.
(2) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for the specific purposes provided in this section, the department must:
(a) Establish a process to make veterans and those still serving in the national guard or armed forces reserve aware of the veterans innovations program;
(b) Develop partnerships to assist veterans, national guard, or reservists in completing the veterans innovations program application; and
(c) Provide funding to support eligible veterans, national guard members, or armed forces reserves for:
(i) Crisis and emergency relief; and
(ii) Education, training, and employment assistance.
NOTES:
Findings2006 c 343: "The legislature finds that:
(1) A significant number of Washington citizens answered the call to serve our country in recent military action leaving behind families, community, employment, and education;
(2) Many soldiers returning to their families and communities face transition problems in areas such as family reunification, employment, education, and health;
(3) While the Washington state department of veterans affairs has provided services to many returning soldiers, a significant number have returned to families and communities without continuing ties to the military department or veterans' administration, but still in need of help; and
(4) Our state needs to honor and serve those who have protected our security and safety." [ 2006 c 343 § 1.]



43.60A.175
Receipt of gifts, grants, or endowments—Rule-making authority.

(1) The department may receive gifts, grants, or endowments from public or private sources that are made from time to time, in trust or otherwise, for the use and benefit of the purposes of the veterans innovations program and spend gifts, grants, or endowments or income from the public or private sources according to their terms, unless the receipt of the gifts, grants, or endowments violates RCW 42.17A.560.
(2) The department may adopt rules under chapter 34.05 RCW as necessary to carry out the purposes of RCW 43.60A.160 through 43.60A.185.
(3) The department may perform all acts and functions as necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly granted or implied under chapter 343, Laws of 2006.
NOTES:
Effective date2011 c 60: See RCW 42.17A.919.
Findings2006 c 343: See note following RCW 43.60A.160.



43.60A.185
Veterans innovations program account.

The veterans innovations program account is created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be used only for purposes of the veterans innovations program.
NOTES:
Effective date2010 1st sp.s. c 37: See note following RCW 13.06.050.
Findings2006 c 343: See note following RCW 43.60A.160.



43.60A.190
Certified veteran-owned businesses.

(1) The department shall:
(a) Maintain a current list of certified veteran-owned businesses; and
(b) Make the list of certified veteran-owned businesses available on the department's public web site.
(2) To qualify as a certified veteran-owned business, the business must:
(a) Be at least fifty-one percent owned and controlled by:
(i) A veteran as defined as every person who at the time he or she seeks certification has received a discharge with an honorable characterization or received a discharge for medical reasons with an honorable record, where applicable, and who has served in at least one of the capacities listed in RCW 41.04.007;
(ii) A person who is in receipt of disability compensation or pension from the department of veterans affairs; or
(iii) An active or reserve member in any branch of the armed forces of the United States, including the national guard, coast guard, and armed forces reserves; and
(b) Be either an enterprise which is incorporated in the state of Washington as a Washington domestic corporation, or an enterprise whose principal place of business is located within the state of Washington for enterprises which are not incorporated.
(3) To participate in the linked deposit program under chapter 43.86A RCW, a veteran-owned business qualified under this section must be certified by the department as a business:
(a) In which the veteran owner possesses and exercises sufficient expertise specifically in the business's field of operation to make decisions governing the long-term direction and the day-to-day operations of the business;
(b) That is organized for profit and performing a commercially useful function; and
(c) That meets the criteria for a small business concern as established under chapter 39.19 RCW.
(4) The department shall create a logo for the purpose of identifying veteran-owned businesses to the public. The department shall put the logo on an adhesive sticker or decal suitable for display in a business window and distribute the stickers or decals to veteran-owned businesses listed with the department.
(5)(a) Businesses may submit an application on a form prescribed by the department to apply for certification under this section.
(b) The department must notify the state treasurer of veteran-owned businesses who have participated in the linked deposit program and are no longer certified under this section. The written notification to the state treasurer must contain information regarding the reasons for the decertification and information on financing provided to the veteran-owned business under RCW 43.86A.060.
(6) The department may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.



43.60A.195
Veteran-owned business certification—Rules—Outreach.

(1) The department shall develop a procedure for certifying veteran-owned businesses and maintain a list of veteran-owned businesses on the department's public web site.
(2) The department shall adopt rules necessary to implement chapter 5, Laws of 2010. The department shall consult agencies to determine what specific information they must report to the department.
(3) The department shall collaborate with and may assist agencies in implementing outreach to veteran-owned businesses.
NOTES:
PurposeConstruction2010 c 5: See notes following RCW 43.60A.010.



43.60A.200
Awards of procurement contracts by state agencies to veteran-owned businesses.

(1) State agencies are encouraged to award three percent of all procurement contracts that are exempt from competitive bidding requirements under *RCW 43.19.1906(2) to veteran-owned businesses certified by the department under RCW 43.60A.195.
(2) State agencies shall:
(a) Perform outreach to veteran-owned businesses in collaboration with the department to increase opportunities for veteran-owned businesses to sell goods and services to the state; and
(b) Work to match agency procurement records with the department's database of certified veteran-owned businesses to establish how many procurement contracts are being awarded to those businesses.
NOTES:
*Reviser's note: RCW 43.19.1906 was repealed by 2012 c 224 § 29, effective January 1, 2013.
PurposeConstruction2010 c 5: See notes following RCW 43.60A.010.



43.60A.210
Donations to disabled veterans assistance account.

Any retailer in the state may provide an opportunity for patrons to make voluntary donations to the disabled veterans assistance account created in RCW 43.60A.215 on Veterans' Day and any additional days the retailer decides would be appropriate.



43.60A.215
Disabled veterans assistance account.

(1) The disabled veterans assistance account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. Disbursements of funds must be on the authorization of the director or the director's designee, and only for the purposes stated in subsection (4) of this section. In order to maintain an effective expenditure and revenue control, funds are subject in all respects to chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required to permit the expenditure of the funds.
(2) The department may request and accept nondedicated contributions, grants, or gifts in cash or otherwise, including funds generated by voluntary donations under RCW 43.60A.210.
(3) All receipts from voluntary donations under RCW 43.60A.210 must be deposited into the account.
(4) All moneys deposited into the account must be used by the department for activities that benefit veterans including, but not limited to, providing programs and services that assist veterans with the procurement of durable medical equipment, mobility enhancing equipment, emergency home or vehicle repair, emergency food or emergency shelter, or service animals. The first priority for assistance provided through the account must be given to veterans who are experiencing a financial hardship and do not qualify for other federal or state veterans programs and services. Funds from the account may not be used to supplant existing funds received by the department.
(5) For the purposes of this section, "veteran" has the same meaning as in RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.007, and also means an actively serving member of the national guard or reserves, or is active duty military personnel.



43.60A.220
Helmets to hardhats program.

The coordinator for the helmets to hardhats program is created in the department of veterans affairs, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose. The department shall establish procedures for coordinating with the national helmets to hardhats program and other opportunities for veterans to obtain skilled training and employment in the construction industry.



43.60A.900
Transfer of personnel of department of social and health services engaged in veterans' services—Rights preserved.

All employees and personnel of the department of social and health services directly engaged in services to veterans shall, on June 25, 1976, be transferred to the jurisdiction of the department of veterans affairs. All employees classified under chapter 41.06 RCW, the state civil service law, shall be assigned to the department to perform their usual duties upon the same terms as formerly, without any loss of rights, subject to any action that may be appropriate thereafter in accordance with the laws and rules governing the state civil service law.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 9.]



43.60A.903
Certification when apportionments of budgeted funds required because of transfers.

If apportionments of budgeted funds are required because of the transfers authorized by this chapter, the director of financial management shall certify such apportionments to the agencies affected, the state auditor, and the state treasurer. Each of these shall make the appropriate transfer and adjustments in funds and appropriation accounts and equipment records in accordance with such certification.
[ 1979 c 151 § 126; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 12.]



43.60A.904
Federal programs—Rules and regulations—Internal reorganization to meet federal requirements—Construction to comply with federal law—Conflicting parts inoperative.

In furtherance of the policy of the state to cooperate with the federal government in all of the programs included in this chapter, such rules and regulations as may become necessary to entitle the state to participate in federal funds may be adopted, unless the same be expressly prohibited by law. Any internal reorganization carried out under the terms of this chapter shall meet federal requirements which are a necessary condition to state receipt of federal funds. Any section or provision of this chapter which may be susceptible to more than one construction shall be interpreted in favor of the construction most likely to comply with federal laws entitling this state to receive federal funds for the various programs of the department. If any part of this chapter is ruled to be in conflict with federal requirements which are a prescribed condition of the allocation of federal funds to the state, or to any departments or agencies thereof, such conflicting part of this chapter is declared to be inoperative solely to the extent of the conflict.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 13.]



43.60A.906
Collective bargaining units or agreements not altered.

Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to alter any existing collective bargaining unit or the provisions of any existing collective bargaining agreement until any such agreement has expired or until any such bargaining unit has been modified by action of the Washington personnel resources board as provided by law.
[ 1993 c 281 § 52; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 16.]
NOTES:
Effective date1993 c 281: See note following RCW 41.06.022.



43.60A.907
Liberal construction—1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115.

The rule of strict construction shall have no application to this chapter and it shall be liberally construed in order to carry out the objective for which it is designed, in accordance with the legislative intent to give the director the maximum possible freedom in carrying the provisions of this chapter into effect.
[1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 115 § 17.]
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