In coordination with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, my office hosted our Second Annual Veterans History Project (VHP) at Seattle University this August. The goal of the VHP is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans who choose to share their life’s journey from civilian to soldier to veteran. Together with volunteers from the Renton Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, my office was able to record personal accounts from over thirteen veterans at the event. Through partnerships with veteran community stakeholders, the event also provided wraparound services for the veterans in attendance. Organizations like the Seattle University Student Veteran's Community, Compass Housing Alliance, the Disabled American Veterans, Comcast and Amazon were able to lend their expertise to veterans on employment, disability claims, housing, and education benefits and services in their community. As always, this event highlighted the importance of collecting the personal accounts of our nation’s unsung heroes. The VHP is one small way that we can honor our veterans sacrifice and bravery, by preserving their legacy. Photo Credit: Seattle University Veterans Community
This District Work Period, I had the opportunity to speak at the Make India Seminar hosted by the Consulate General of India (San Francisco), the Indo-American Friendship Forum Foundation (IAFFF), the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, US India Business Council (USIBC), WASITRAC, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
This year I had the opportunity to visit Compass Veterans Center to deliver valentines made by local students through my office’s second annual Valentines for Vets program. I want to make sure that our veterans receive recognition and thanks for their service around Valentine’s Day. This annual program has been an engaging activity to help teach young people about the role of the members of the armed services and the sacrifices they make for us.
My staff and I visited Providence Health and had a great conversation about preserving the US Family Health Plan.
My staff and I visited Simulab Corporation this January for an update on their cutting-edge medical technology. Simulab specializes in replicating human anatomy for medical training purposes. Their technology improves medical education and saves lives.
I had a great conversation with local J-Street leaders on the future of Israeli-American relations.
I had a productive meeting with ABC (the Associated Builders and Contractors). ABC is a national construction industry trade association that represents almost 21,000 member chapters, many of which are located in the 9th District.
I had the opportunity to sit down with SEIU and some healthcare professionals working in the 9th District. They shared some of their personal stories, insights, and concerns about the future of affordable healthcare.
I had a great time volunteering at Springbrook Elementary School's Winter Read-in. " I chose to read "Arthur Meets the President," a book I used to enjoy reading to my children when they were younger.
Congressman Adam Smith joined Peace Winds America in thanking Congressman Jim McDermott for his 38 years of public service.Specifically, he thanked Congressmen Jim McDermott for his support of US-Japan relations, the Japanese-American community, and the US-Japan strategic alliance. Peace Winds America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that strengthens disaster preparedness in the Asia Pacific, working closely with Japan and the U.S., partnering with Seattle, King County, and the private sector (e.g., Boeing, Google, Russell Investments, Hitachi, Nintendo).
The Recording Academy (internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards), which represents performers, songwriters and studio professionals throughout the nation met with Congressman Adam Smith as part of the second annual GRAMMYs in My District Day.
The 180 Program is designed to reach youth who are facing their first or second low-level misdemeanor offense. Instead of filing charges against the young offenders in Juvenile Court, the PAO invites them to participate in a half-day Saturday workshop sponsored by community members. At the workshop, youth have the opportunity to hear and learn from others who have made mistakes in their past, but went on to make a 180-degree change in direction in their own lives.
Adam was honored to recieve the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Alliance for Retired Americans
Congressman Adam Smith's office worked with AILA’s Seattle Chapter to host a roundtable discussion focused on finding solutions to potentially remove private detention centers from immigration proceedings.