Dear fellow King County employee,
Every year, our nation comes together to salute the men and women who answered the call of duty to serve in our nation’s armed forces. To protect and preserve our freedoms, they placed their lives in harm’s way, often thousands of miles from home and family.
Among the more than 112,550 veterans who call King County home are 1,054 men and women with whom we work every day – fellow employees in every branch and every department in King County. Over the past year, 92 of those employees have been called to Active or Reserve duty.
Veterans Day is our opportunity to thank all of these patriots and colleagues for their service, and this Veterans Day King County is recognizing our employee military veterans and reservists with a specially designed bronzed lapel pin as a symbol of our ongoing appreciation.
I am proud to say that here, in King County, we do more than just voice appreciation to our local heroes: we demonstrate our respect through action. Tuesday’s election returns show overwhelming support from our community for the renewal and expansion of our Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. Thanks to that funding, our King County Veterans Program is able to connect veterans and their families to housing, emergency assistance and job training. The levy also supports our King County Vets 4 HIRE Program, providing veterans with a broad range of internship opportunities.
With the support of the voters, we are committed to helping every veteran in King County successfully transition from their military service to a productive and fulfilling civilian life.
That’s our duty.
Veterans Day is November 11. Please join me in a moment of thanks to all of our veterans, active duty personnel and their families. We are forever grateful for their contributions, service and sacrifice.
King County Executive