Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, Friday led the passage of Senate Resolution 8680, honoring businesses and community partners that have made a commitment to train, recruit and hire veterans entering the private sector. Leaders from Washington’s top companies and veterans joined members of the state Senate Friday in advance of the resolution to hear from elected leaders and veterans at local companies about their experience transitioning into the civilian workforce.
“These companies are making a commitment to hire our nation’s heroes,” said O’Ban. “Veterans have superior skills and a work ethic that makes them a valuable addition to any organization. Veterans face many challenges when transitioning out of military life and finding a job should not be one of those challenges. I’m thankful that we have so many great organizations that make veteran hiring a priority.”
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.
“Boeing has a long-standing commitment to supporting men and women in uniform with more than 11,000 veterans employed in Washington State and 850 hired in the last two years alone,” said Bill McSherry, a vice president 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.”