Yelm: A Military Community

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Yelm’s connection with the U.S. Military is long standing and has only grown deeper over the years. The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at JBLM connected with Yelm as its Community Connector city as part of a program developed in 2000. Regionally, the South Sound has been recognized as a Great American Defense Community, one with an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of service members, veterans and their families.

Yelm has a small town feel, while still being close to the big cities and JBLM. Communities are tightly knit and families are welcomed. 

In 2017, Yelm became the fourth Purple Heart City in Washington State, expressing gratitude to the sons and daughters of our community who were either wounded or killed in combat defending the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. 

Yelm has a strong veterans support system, thanks to organizations like VFW Post 5580, the American Legion, and A Hero's Promise


The Yelm Veterans Service Hub started in Yelm in 2020 at the Veterans Hall located at 16733 103rd Ave. S. Yelm WA. 98597. Services and resources continue to grow as partnerships and relationships grow.

Services that are currently provided:

  • Veteran Service Officer support and VA navigation. 
  • Suicide prevention 
  • Homeless Resources
  • Education and Employment Assistance
  • Burial Support and Military Honors
  • Temporary Financial Assistance
  • Military Family Support Network 
  • Peer to Peer Support Groups
  • Counseling and Group Therapy 
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Medical Equipment Bank
  • Clothing and Food Closet

We also have a Military Banner Program designed to honor and recognize all military personnel. The banner signifies the City's gratitude for the service and commitment to our nation and our community. This program is closed for the 2024 year and will reopen in fall 2024 for 2025. Here are the locations of the 2024 Military Banners:

Military Banners Map