DCHS employee honored for veterans employment efforts

Rich Garmong honoredRich Garmong, King County Veterans Business Outreach Coordinator with the Department of Community and Human Services (pictured far right), was honored by the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) for his work in helping returning veterans find new careers when they leave the military.

The “Group Service to Veterans Award” was presented to the South King County Veterans Team at the IAWP annual conference. In addition to Rich, the team includes staff members from the Washington State Employment Security Department in the Renton and Auburn WorkSource sites.

The team won the award for breaking down system barriers and forming a State/County partnership to provide comprehensive orientations to veterans in the WorkSource sites. This orientation includes helping veterans link to integrated and comprehensive services, including the King County Veterans Program. The team was particularly recognized for its excellent customer service.

Rich also helped put together the Veterans Career Expo at the Washington State Convention Center on July 16, 2015 where about 100 employers with jobs to fill came to meet and interview veterans and their spouses at the Veterans Career Expo.

The employers came from government, law enforcement, aerospace, manufacturing, retail, information technology and more. Hundreds of veterans and spouses were able to meet perspective employers and many got job interviews the same day.