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November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

Veteran's Day is a time to recognize the service that allows our country to remain a free nation. Because of the bravery, sacrifice, and commitment shown by those that served like my grandfather Bryant Dunn, a Navy intelligence officer who was stationed in the South Pacific during WWII and those who currently serve in our Armed Forces, we enjoy the benefits of liberty and the security of a democracy.

This year I would like to take the time to highlight an important issue facing veterans transitioning from the military to civilian jobs. Veterans returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan face a job market with high unemployment rates, and a civilian workforce where their valuable skills may not be recognized.

We have a responsibility to support those who have served our country. In 2012, I sponsored legislation creating a King County internship program known as Vets 4 Hire. This internship is designed to provide essential support to men and women re-entering the civilian workforce. Bridging the gap between military and civilian experiences through six-month paid internships at King County, Vets 4 Hire participants get the opportunity to learn vital job-seeking skills and get connected to community support services tailored to their needs. I had the chance speak about the Vets 4 Hire Program and to meet a program alumni on the KCTV talk show King County Connects.

Watch the Vets 4 Hire on KCTV King County Connects: https://youtu.be/5AVd7hYUyKY

Currently we have 1,000 veterans working for King County, and we hope to increase that amount. There are several open positions available on the Vets 4 Hire website, if you or someone you know would benefit from a Vets 4 Hire fellowship, check out this link: https://kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers/vets4hire.aspx

To all veterans, I thank you, and we all thank you, for your service.

Members of the Armed Forces gather together at a memorial last year for indigent veterans.

Phone: 206-477-1009
Email: reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov
Web: www.kingcounty.gov/council/dunn

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