Senator Murray is focused on transitioning Veterans
JOINT SERVICES SUPPORT, J9 DIRECTORATESenator Murray is focused on transitioning VeteransBy Gary LottLast week, Washington State Senior Senator Patty Murray visited the Pacific Grill Events Center in Tacoma to discussthe task of assisting Veterans that are transitioning back home.The purpose of Murray’s visit was to meet with the Military Affairs Forum to discuss the challenges and opportunitiesthat Washington State faces as thousands of veterans return to the region. According to Murray over 20 percent of thenation’s younger veterans (under the age of 26) are unemployed. Senator Murray started the discussion by emphasiz-ing, “We will do whatever it takes to support the men and women in uniform.”She then went on to ask for support from the community and highlighted fivehelpful steps in hiring and working with Veterans. 1. Working with employer’s own Human Resources staff 2. To consider developing a program for transitioning vets 3. Better publicize job openings 4. Build a support team for vets 5. Reach out to local colleges.The discussion stayed focused on community support, the changing economic impact and the benefits of a workingmilitary community. Sen. Murray has experience when it comes to this discussion. She is the daughter of a WWII vetand her father was a Purple Heart Recipient.“The only way to ease the difficult transition is by working together,” Senator Murray stated. “When my father camehome (from WWII), he came home to opportunity…this is a legacy that we must continue.” Joint Services Support (J9) has a model Employment Transition Program that assists service members with resume building, practicing interviews, how to translate military skills, locating job fairs and many other employment training skills.“I can’t leave out the amazing job that the J9 has done.” Murray said.The JSS (J9) was mentioned by Murray for finding jobs for over 900service members. The JSS (J9) was used as a model of how community organizations and how employers shouldmake vets a priority. This article is being presented by the WA National Guard Joint Services Support Director- ate benefiting Soldiers, Airmen, Veterans and their Families.