OLYMPIA, Washington — Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order Monday that builds upon the state’s efforts to support military spouses and veterans with employment and training opportunities as families transition to civilian life in Washington state.
Veterans and military spouses face unique challenges to gaining private sector employment. Washington has more than 79,000 active duty members from the military, National Guard and the reserve forces. Service personnel and private sector employers are not always able to see how a service member’s military experience corresponds directly to employment qualifications. And transferring between duty stations can cause negative impacts for spouses due to frequent disruptions in employment, education and training credentials.
“We honor their service and commitment by ensuring every veteran, transitioning service member, Reserve and National Guard member, and military spouse is able to secure a living wage job,” Inslee said. “This order expands our commitment to military families.”
The order mobilized several state agencies to boost workforce and transition services for veterans and spouses.
These and other efforts have successfully shortened job search time for transitioning service members, increased their starting wages and shortened the timeline for wage progression.
In addition to the new executive order, Inslee designated May 2019 as Hire-a-Military-Spouse Month. The Department of Employment Security and WDVA have also formed a new partnership with the Department of Defense’s Military OneSource. This website engages families early, and will connect military spouses with Washington’s WorkSource career centers and re-employment centers to help reduce military spouse unemployment.