Our veterans and their families served this country with honor. We need to ensure that their visible and invisible wounds do not prevent them from rejoining our communities successfully. While members of the community may not favor military actions, they do not hold the veteran accountable for the policies and actions taken by the federal government. I support programs and services that ensure their well-being. Thurston County has approximately 32,000 veterans, 11% of the total county population.

As a Port Commissioner, I intend to adopt and support policies that

    • Provide opportunities for veterans to experience and develop interest in Port operations as a potential career path. (unpaid internships, job shadowing, volunteer).
    • Make a commitment to attract and hire veterans to Port positions. (YesVets)
    • As part of the public service role of the Port Commission, collaborate with the State Department of Veterans Affairs to assist county veterans and their eligible family members to access their earned benefits.