State’s top companies and community groups boosting veteran employment and training

O’Ban plans Senate resolution to honor job recruitment efforts

Date:               Friday, April 24, 9:15 a.m.

Location:        State Reception Room, 3rd floor, Legislative Building Reception and media availability with business, community leaders and veterans

Leaders from Washington’s top companies and veterans will join members of the state Senate Friday in advance of a Senate resolution honoring job recruitment efforts that target veterans. Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, will offer the resolution honoring businesses and community partners that have made a commitment to train, recruit and hire veterans entering the private sector.

Washington is home to 600,000 veterans and active duty service members, 9,000 of whom separate annually from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other bases.

Veteran unemployment is far higher than the civilian workforce with approximately 21 percent of former military personnel between the ages of 18 and 25 unemployed. “These highly motivated women and men possess exemplary work ethics and superb skills, including expertise in leading others, health care, technology and logistics,’ said O’Ban, “We’re grateful for these companies who have made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of service members who need to transition successfully into civilian life and find new careers.” “Boeing has a long-standing commitment to supporting men and women in uniform with more than 8,000 veterans employed in Washington state and 850 hired in the last two years alone,” said Bill McSherry, Vice President of State & Local and Global Corporate Citizenship at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Veterans bring leadership, integrity and critical skills that are unique to their military experience, which also help them succeed in their careers out of the military.”

The reception and media availability will include representatives and veterans from companies across the state including:

  • Boeing
  • Port of Seattle
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • US Bank
  • Providence Health and Services
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Amazon
  • Starbucks
  • Comcast
  • University of Washington