WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement announcing retired Air Force service member and longtime veterans advocate John Davis as her new Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison.
“I am both humbled and honored to welcome John Davis to my team. Over the past four decades, John has dedicated his life to serving our country, our military, and our veterans, and his compassion for the Eastern Washington veteran community has impacted countless lives.
“Simply put, in his new role John is working every day to help veterans in our community – be it by assisting them with their claims and records, or providing them support and information about how to navigate the VA system. He joins my office in furthering our commitment to the men and women who have served our nation so dutifully. I am inspired by the work John has done to assist homeless veterans, and am confident this new role will leave a lasting impact on the veterans and service members in Eastern Washington.”
John enlisted in the Air Force in 1968, and has served in the Philippines, Okinawa, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Alaska, Antarctica, New Mexico, and at Fairchild Air Force Base, in the 92 Munitions Maintenance Squadron. While assigned to Fairchild AFB, John graduated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University, where he studied counseling and sciences. He also attended Gonzaga University prior to earning his commission.
In 2000, John accepted a job at the Spokane VAMC as the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator, and under his leadership the program grew from housing ten veterans in Spokane to one that housed more than 250 veterans and their family members.
In 2010 he was awarded the “Secretary's Award of Outstanding Achievement" in Service to Homeless Veterans by a VA Organization and last year was named by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans as the Outstanding Department of Veterans Affairs Staff Member.
John lives in Stevens County with his wife of 43 years, Cho Sun Ae.