Thanking our local veterans for their service

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King County Executive Dow Constantine

Dear fellow King County employee,

For more than 100 years, our nation has dedicated November 11 as the day to recognize the brave members of our country’s armed forces past and present. They placed their own lives at risk to defend freedom here at home and around the world. Veterans Day is our opportunity to honor and thank them for their service.

As we acknowledge the 115,000 veterans of all ages who call King County home, let us also recognize the 1,314 individuals we work beside every day – the King County employees in every branch and department of County government who have served in the armed forces. So far this year, 114 of our colleagues have performed military service hours. Serving your nation, serving your community – we are better for everything you bring to our team. Thank you all.

I am extremely proud that, in King County, support for our local veterans is demonstrated not just through words but through our actions. In November 2005, the voters of King County approved the first of three ballot measures that for 15 years have provided taxpayer support for shelter, housing, employment training, counseling, and behavioral health treatment coordinated through our King County Veterans Program. We are working to ensure that every returning veteran has the support they need to achieve a safe and healthy life when they come home – giving back to those who have given so much.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11. Please join me in thanking our veterans and active duty personnel for their courage, commitment, and ongoing contributions to our country and to our community.

Sincerely,

Dow Constantine
King County Executive