The Veteran’s Advisory Board (VAB) will consist of eleven (11) voting members. Each Board of County Commissioner will appoint two (2) eligible voting members from their respective district. The remaining one (1) member shall be appointed by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners (at large). Appointments shall be for 2 year terms, from July 1 of the first year of appointment, through June 30 of the second year of appointment. The years shall consist of 12 calendar months each, for a total of 24 months. Service on the board is voluntary. All members of the VAB must be current residents of Spokane County and must be honorable discharged veterans of the U.S. military, selected from either local branches of nationally recognized veterans'' service organizations or the veterans'' community at large and will represent as wide an array of military service components and as possible. The County Commissioners will appoint all voting members of the VAB to include one (1) voting members to represent the veterans' community at large. The member "at large" will be appointed by the Chairman of the VAB. The Chairman of the VAB will be the Spokane County Administrator for Veterans Services. The appointment procedure is in accordance with RCW 73.08.035.
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.