King County veterans internship proposal advances

April 17, 2012

By Staff

King County Council members could create a county internship program for veterans, after a council committee endorsed the proposal April 10.

Government Accountability, Oversight and Financial Performance Committee members issued a “do-pass” recommendation and sent the proposal to the full council for consideration. The council is due to discuss and act on the issue April 23.

In March, 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 transition from military to civilian life is often difficult for veterans. Many veterans gain technical and leadership skills in the military — skills useful in the civilian realm, too — but receive little help to put the skills to use after the transition.

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

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