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Washington Marks Sunday as Purple Heart Day

Air Force First Lt. Kevin Summerbell, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot, holds up the Purple Heart he received after being shot in Iraq by enemy combatants while serving in the Army, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2015. Summerbell later commissioned as an officer in the Air Force to be a C-17 pilot, the same aircraft he was flown back on after being wounded. Photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan/Defense.gov

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) will honor Purple Heart Day this Sunday, August 7, at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. WDVA will fly a purple heart flag in honor of the generations of service members injured or killed while serving the United States of America.

On July 12, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation to acknowledge the occasion.

“I urge all people in our state to join me in acknowledging and honoring this state’s veterans who have been wounded in battle while defending the principles of democracy, individual freedom, and human rights,” said Inslee.

The day comes less than a week after the U.S. Senate passed the PACT Act, which will help expand benefits for thousands of veterans in Washington state. Once signed by President Biden, the PACT Act will expand Veterans Administration health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. The bill includes provisions and funding sought by Sen. Patty Murray for a new Veterans Administration clinic in the Tri-Cities area.

This includes the more than 354,000 veterans in Washington state who served during the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and post 9/11 eras. It also adds more than 20 new presumptive conditions for burn pits and other toxic exposures.

To find out more about the PACT Act and VA benefits, visit The PACT Act And Your VA Benefits | Veterans Affairs.

To contact the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, visit www.dva.wa.gov, email benefits@dva.wa.gov, or call 1-800-562-2308.