Port Commission Thanks Veterans, Welcomes New Class of Veterans Fellows
The Port of Seattle Commission adopted a motion honoring military veterans and the sacrifices they and their families have made in serving the country. The port is fortunate to have many veterans and reservists on staff, and has benefited from the skills and commitment they bring to the organization.
"I grew up in a military family and I know first-hand the service and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their families," said Commissioner Tom Albro. "The words 'thank you' don't suffice."
Veterans transitioning to civilian employment often face a difficult road and face a higher unemployment rate than the general population. The port is working to change that in King County with a program called the Veterans Fellowship Program. Veterans Fellows work at the port for six months, gaining civilian work experience as well as interviewing skills and resume assistance. On Friday, the port will welcome the eighth class of fellows at a Veterans Day ceremony.
Port CEO Tay Yoshitani, himself a veteran, has been working with executives at companies across the region, encouraging them to adopt similar programs.
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