The Governor’s Veterans Advisory Committee and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday presented Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, with the 2017 Outstanding Services to Veterans – Legislator of the Year Award for her service to veterans and their families in Washington.
Issues involving military veterans and their families are a priority for Angel, whose 26th Legislative District includes Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton and the Retsil Veterans Home, and houses many service members from Joint Base Lewis McChord.
“I have worked for many years to try to improve the quality of life for all of our veterans,” Angel said. “I am very honored by this award for my efforts on behalf of our active military personnel, veterans and their families.”
Last year, Angel prime-sponsored Senate Bill 5849, which creates a peer-to-peer support network to connect veterans to services and realigns state government hiring practices to get more veterans into jobs. It was signed into law in May.
The measure also directs the state Office of Financial Management to create a veteran recruitment and hiring plan that recognizes and values the experience that veterans offer. The goal is to align public employment hiring and recruitment policies with the skills offered by veterans.
“We want to keep veterans in our communities providing the skills, leadership and character they developed in service. They certainly deserve the very best quality of life we can assist with,” said Angel.
Washington is home to 598,000 veterans, 60,000 active duty, 19,000 guard and reserves, and 2 million military-family members.
The Veterans Advisory Committee and DVA named Angel the award recipient last November.