Since 1952 Spokane County Veterans Services administers the Veterans' Assistance Fund as mandated by State Law to provide emergency relief to indigent veterans residing in Spokane County. The purpose of the Veteran's Assistance Fund is to provide emergency assistance to qualified veterans in need. It is funded by Spokane County using property tax dollars. We are not part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and assistance is provided on an emergency need basis only.
Spokane County Veteran's Services has been a department of Spokane County since 1952. Originally known as the Veteran's Aid Bureau, the office administered the "Soldiers and Sailor's Relief Fund" which can be traced back to the 1890s.
Each county in the state of Washington is responsible for providing emergency financial services to indigent wartime veterans, widows and their families. Funding for these programs are mandated by law and comes from a small portion of each county's property tax revenues.
Central Relief Committee
Just like other large counties in the state, this office has an advisory committee known as the Central Relief Committee. It is comprised of representatives from each of this county's nationally charted Veteran's organizations.