Established in 2016 to help local veterans with benefits provided by governmental agencies, private corporations and individuals that want to help veterans.
Our core mission is to accomplish the following objectives for veterans in Thurston County:
1) Educating veterans concerning the assistance programs that they have earned by virtue of their service in the military.
2) Coordinate with service providers to ensure that veterans have access to assistance programs provided at all levels of government and by private organizations.
3) Reducing barriers to veterans seeking assistance programs.
Present Direction for TCVS 2018 was a great year for TCVS, board of directors doubled in size to reach 13 members and we were able to reach our goal for the year and raise $15,000 from various sources. We were able to support several veterans enrolled in the Veterans Court program, providing cost coverage for monitoring devises. The board of directors put together a strategic plan and set up new goals for 2019.
Thurston County Veterans Court Thurston County Veterans Court Program was established in 2008 to assist veterans or active duty service-members with certain types of criminal offenses to complete a court supervised treatment and return to society without convictions.
The voluntary 18-24 months program involves ongoing judicial supervision and intensive monitoring with input from a multi-disciplinary team of professionals led by the judge. Read Thurston Talk article on “Helping Veterans in Need” and find out a little bit more why and how we support our local Veterans.
Here is “Shane’s Story” a veteran that successfully completed the Veterans Court and became a mentor for the program. See why we believe our Veterans deserve a second chance.
Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans held at “Woodlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery” in Lacey proudly invited Judge Brett Buckley to speak about the Thurston County Veterans Court. June 6th TCVS and McDonalds in Tumwater held a 2 hours fundraiser where McDonalds gave 50% of the sales to TCVS and we raised $1,502 – that’s 10% of our goal for this year. A big thank you to Laurie Berryman the owner of Tumwater McDonalds store and our latest addition to the board of directors that made this fundraiser possible.