OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) has welcomed Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on an executive order to help military spouses and veterans in Washington find employment and training opportunities as they transition to civilian life.
“Our military spouses and veterans make a lot of sacrifices to serve our country,” said Conway, who was present yesterday as Inslee signed the order at a ceremony in the state capitol building. “When it’s time for them to make the move back to civilian life or to another post, it’s important that we give them the support they need to make that change as smooth as possible.”
Inslee’s Executive Order 19-01:
• Adds more agencies to the Washington State Military Transition and Readiness Council;
• Improves data sharing and evaluation;
• Supports veteran and military spouse-owned businesses;
• Promotes campaigns to hire veterans and military spouses;
• Shortens the paperwork and credential transfer process for veterans or spouses who move to Washington;
• Applies the current veteran employment plan to military spouses;
• Instructs agencies to ensure that military spouses and veterans have equal opportunity; and
• Directs that state employee resource groups be created to promote recruitment, retention and development of veterans and military spouses in state government.