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Resources

24/7 Crisis Phone Lines

Veterans Crisis Line

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

US Dept. Veterans Affairs
1-800-273-TALK (8255)  |  988

Military OneSource (MOS)

Solution-Focused Counseling

Free, confidential counseling for our veterans!
1-800-34
2-9647

Benton and Franklin Counties have numerous resources that are available to our Veterans in addition to other Federal and State programs. Please explore the list of resources below, which might be useful for veterans in need of services as well as for service providers who see Veterans.

Columbia Basin Veteran Center

Matt Sammons, Executive Director
Main: 509-545-6558

Operations Manager/Transitional Housing Case Manager
Raymond Pursley - (509) 975-8004

Veteran Service Officer 

John Penney

Benton/Franklin VSO

Office: 509-545-6558

Cell: 509-873-1724

Email: john.penney@co.benton.wa.us

Common Ground Support Group – Kim Rodgers (509) 526-8387 or (509) 386-6813

For Women Veterans, by Women Veterans, About Women Veterans.

WDVA PTSD Counseling Program (800) 562-2308

Alcoholics Anonymous  (509) 547-9000

Administration  (509) 735-1296

Catholic Family & Child Services  (509) 946-4645

Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties

Narcotics Anonymous  (509) 546-8244

Walla Walla Vet Center for Combat/Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Counseling  (509) 526-8387

Washington Al-Anon  (Search by city)

24 Hour Crisis Line & Shelter  (509) 582-9841

Benton County Veterans Assistance Fund

Benton County Department of Human Services

Tara Colburn Veterans Program Specialist 

509-737-3912
7102 W Okanogan Pl. Ste 201
Kennewick, WA 99336

The county program has had a long standing of assisting indigent Veterans and their family with emergency needs through the Veterans Relief Fund. We provide outreach and case management.

We are here to provide local and personal contact for county Veterans and their family to help address any of their questions, concerns, and issues, and to provide basic information they may need to get veterans assistance. Many Veterans are not always aware of benefits and services that may be available through federal,  state, and local services.  It is our goal to see every returning Veteran and their family provided with the support they need and deserve for their service to our county.

Assistance Available to Eligible Veterans:

  • Food Vouchers

  • Utility Vouchers

  • Rental/Deposits/App Fees

  • Burial Assistance up to $1,000.00

  • Background check fees for pre-employment

  • Hotel/Motel Vouchers for homeless Veterans up to 1 week

  • Bus Passes through BFT

  • Necessary Safety Equipment required by employer to gain employment

  • Dental Assistance up to $2,000.00

  • Childcare Assistance (financial help with childcare)

Please bring all required documents to the services times to be screened for assistance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a Benton County Resident for at least 90 days (unless recently discharged)

  • Must be at or below 150% of the poverty guidelines (low-income)

  • Must be in need of assistance

  • Must be a Veteran

Documents Required for Screening:

  • Copy of DD214

  • Photo ID

  • Proof of income

  • Proof of current residency of Benton County; must be resident for at least 90 days unless recently discharged

  • Proof of household size

  • Lease and/or 14 day Pay or Vacate Notice

  • (Widows/widowers) Marriage license and Veteran’s death certificate

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