State celebrates YesVets hiring initiative in Yakima

State celebrates YesVets hiring initiative in Yakima

OLYMPIA – Leaders from the state departments of Employment Security (ESD) and Veterans Affairs (DVA) will join Yakima area legislators, veterans, human resource professionals and businesses on July 10 to celebrate the third anniversary of YesVets – a statewide initiative to recognize businesses that hire veterans.     

What:              YesVets Recognition Ceremony honoring local businesses

When:             10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10

Where:            Yakima VFW Post 379, 118 S 5th Ave, Yakima, WA  98901

Speakers will recognize local businesses that have hired veterans as well as winners of the 2017 Hire-a-Vet awards in the area. They will also announce a new partnership with the Washington Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) to recruit and retain veterans.

What is YesVets?

YesVets is a veteran hiring campaign, created by the Legislature in 2015 and supported by ESD, DVA, WorkSource, the Washington State Military Transition Council, SHRM and local chambers of commerce.

ESD Veterans staff recognize Washington employers with a YesVets business decal when they sign up and hire a veteran. They generally receive their decals at a local chamber of commerce meeting or at their place of business then they’re featured on social media with the #YesVets hashtag. Businesses may receive a new decal each year they participate in the program.

Since the state launched the initiative in 2015, 696 businesses have joined YesVets and hired 2,724 veterans.