King County to explore internship program for veterans

April 10, 2012

By Staff

King County leaders introduced a measure March 26 to tap into veterans’ knowledge and skills to create a county internship program for former service members.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

The representatives called on staffers to evaluate existing county employment policies and practices for veterans, explore potential costs to operate the internship program and identify possible funding sources.

The legislation also calls for analysis of comparable veteran internship efforts. Los Angeles and San Diego operate similar programs.

“In addition to technical skills, military veterans bring with them a built-in dedication to public service that can be of great benefit to our county operations and our citizens,” Lambert said in a statement. “We can honor the sacrifice of these veterans by welcoming them home with meaningful work and opportunities.”

(Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against Ferguson, a Democrat.)

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