Rep. Gina McCabe’s bill encourages businesses to hire veterans


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The House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to a bill that seeks to increase employment for Washington’s military veterans. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.


Sattgast:
When veterans come home after serving their country, the most important thing for them after reuniting with their families is having a job. Republican State Representative Gina McCabe of Goldendale says the unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 18 and 25 is about 21 percent. So she's introduced House Bill 2040, which pairs up the state Veterans' Department and Employment Security with local businesses to increase employment for veterans.

McCabe: “And it's a campaign to ask each business to hire at least one veteran. So it's called 'One Veteran, One Business.' And we're not asking for tax incentives. We're not asking for Gold Stars. We're just saying that this is really the right thing to do and we need to pay it forward to our soldiers.”

Sattgast: 14th District State Representative Gina McCabe. The measure was approved unanimously by lawmakers in the House, who then congratulated the newly-elected McCabe for passing her first bill. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

John Sattgast, Olympia.

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