Oct 5, 2019 | Tacoma News Tribune - By James Drew
Olympia - Referendum 88 on the Nov 5 statewide ballot ask voters to resolve.....John Tymczyszyn, a veterans and Bellevue attorney who specializes in veterans employment law, said I-1000 would override sections of state law that give preference to honorably discharged veterans in public employment. The preference also applies to partners of 100% disabled veterans
What veterans are giving up is a mandatory veterans preference in employment hiring. What we're getting is an appointed committee of bureaucrats that will decide which underrepresented group needs help," said Tymczyszyn, who is legislative director of the Washington State veterans Bar Association. The Stance of the veterans bar association is to reject R-88.
Back home in Olympia, veterans legal advocates are pushing for passage of legislation that would create an Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance within the Attorney General's Office. John Tymczyszyn '12, a Bellevue-based criminal defense attorney and former Navy pilot, said the office would field requests from low-income veterans and match up their cases with volunteer attorneys. A final vote is expected later this spring.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson's proposal to establish a clearinghouse to connect current and former service members in Washington state to pro bono legal service providers passed the Senate today in an overwhelming, bipartisan 95-0 vote. “We are really thrilled with the passage of this legislation,” said John Tymczyszyn, Legislative Director of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association. “The attorneys, judges and law students of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association stand with the Attorney General and are ready to volunteer our time and expertise to make this legislation a reality.”
Legal issues make it harder for veterans to integrate into civilian society, find employment and enroll in educational opportunities. A recent report on the civil legal needs of Washington's low income community found that military members and veterans experience higher incidents of complex legal problems than the general population.
Navy veteran John Tymczyszyn has been named as the 2014 chair of the Washignton State Veterans Bar Association. The Washington State Veterans Bar Association (WSVBA) is the professional association of Veteran attorneys, and law students that serves as a network for its members and a resource for the 650,000 Veterans of Washington State.
AS of Aug. 1, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill has been in effect for four years. Nearly 1 million veterans have spent about $30 billion in federal benefits at universities around the country. Over the next four years even more veterans are expected to participate.