‘A Heroes Thanks’: New program offers incentives for vaccinated military members, veterans

‘a Heroes Thanks’: New Program Offers Incentives For Vaccinated Military Members, Veterans
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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced a new vaccine incentive program for Washington’s military community and veterans. 

The state has been offering large sums of money, including a $1 million cash prize, for Washingtonians who get a COVID-19 vaccine, but the state database has not included veterans. This is because the Department of Defense has been vaccinating veterans and keeping that information in a separate database. 

During a news conference Thursday, Inslee said the state has been working with the DOD to find a way to offer incentives for those military members. The solution is a new program called “A Heroes Thanks.” 

This program will be open to military, military staff and their family members who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense, the VA or the National Guard. A spokesman for Inslee said that the Department of Defense will be involved in circulating a form for military members to fill out.

There will be one drawing a week for three weeks starting July 20. Military members and veterans can wish cash prizes of $100,000; Amazon gift cards worth $250; or state parks gift cards worth $100. The final week, there will be a $250,000 cash prize. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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