When looking for the services they need to meet their needs, most returning veterans need guidance. At Columbia Basin Vet Center, we are pleased with our ability to provide these services and take pride in the number of local vets we serve each week. Additionally, we assist veterans in the process of receiving the resources and benefits they earned through their service to the United States. To donate or learn more about our nonprofit, contact us.
Operating out of two suites located at 1600 N. 20th Avenue, Suites 1 and 2 Pasco, WA, we aim to provide veterans with the help that they deserve.
Often, returning veterans are in need of help to find the services they have earned. Vets have no idea what is available to them. If they do know what is available, they may have trouble finding someone with the knowledge to assess and acquire these benefits. As the region struggles to meet the needs of all generation of veterans, the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition provides a one-stop resource of all local services—benefits, employment, housing, and counseling.
Daniel Leonard Wagenaar
Daniel Leonard Wagenaar is honored on Panel 21W, Row 110 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Army of the United States
E3 Private First Class
A CO, 2nd BN, 2nd Infantry, 1st INF DIV, USARV
Frequently Asked Questions
The Veterans Opportunity Center (V.O.C) is a community based resource center. The Veterans Opportunity Center provides services to veterans and partners with other organizations in order to provide a full spectrum of opportunities.
The Veterans Opportunity Center strives to meet the needs of veterans from all eras.
The Veterans Opportunity Center has existed in one form or another since 1992.
The Veterans Opportunity Center operates two homes for veterans, a closet for clothing and personal hygiene items, assistance with various issues ranging from transportation, and employment to advocacy with certain landlord tenant issues. In addition, the V.O.C houses several other agencies who provide free counseling, as well as access to certified service officers to file service related claims. We also provided free access to a copy/fax machine and have a free notary service available to veterans.
The V.O.C has receives funding through a local endowment as well as a bi-county grant; however, the Veterans Coalition relies heavily on fundraising events and community donations.
You can come into the Veterans Opportunity Center and fill out a SF 180 military record request form or you can follow the steps at www.archives.gov
You need to be enrolled in the VA health care system which can be done online at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, on the phone by calling 1 (877) 222-8387, or in person at your local VA medical facility. Once enrolled and verified, your picture will be taken at your local VA medical facility and the VHIC will be mailed to your place of residence.
The V.O.C partners with agencies and houses agencies that provide Veteran Service Officers (VSO). Veteran Service Officers are trained and certified to fill out VA disability claims and to advocate on your behalf to the VA and others