King County lays groundwork for veterans internship program

June 5, 2012

By Staff

King County Council members started the process to create a county internship program for veterans 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 council agreed to proceed on the proposal in a unanimous decision.

Officials called on county 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.

“With many military bases located in Washington state, we have a concentration of veterans returning here from overseas and in need of meaningful work and job opportunities,” Lambert said in a statement.

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