Veterans Employment

Washington state is home to one of the most diverse military industries in the United States, counting 10 military-related installations and thousands of current and retired service members residing in the state.

With such a robust legacy of strong military ties, the Lt. Governor’s Office is committed to ensuring that veterans have access to services geared toward helping service members not only transition to civilian life, but thrive. Be it through education, skill-building, or other social services, the Lieutenant Governor has made it his office’s mission to help those who faced the ultimate sacrifice for the United States.

This page serves as a gateway to those seeking services, bridging the gap between organizations and Washingtonians, through the organizations listed below.

General Resources

Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs |The Washington Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) helps connect veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service.

Employment & Entrepreneurship

for job applicants

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Employment Resources | The WDVA created a list of links to job search resources and contact information for WDVA staff who can assist with finding employment.

Washington Jobs Portal | Washington State’s government careers website offers a job alerts service, free registration into an online recruiting system, and a skillset-job match program, in addition to a list of websites, documents, and job directories that may be helpful to veteran job applications, or job searches.

MyNextMove.org | This interactive online job search/skills-match tool allows veterans to browse careers by keyword, worker type, civilian-military job similarity, education level, and so on.

WorkSource Washington | This Washington-based online veterans employment resource includes the following links to veterans employment tools: an interactive civilian-military job comparison; a straightforward job openings search based on current Military Occupation Code; civil servant job openings; a database of military-friendly employers; apprenticeship opportunities; and resources for redressing employment opportunity violations.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran-Owned Business Resources | The WDVA and Washington’s Electronic Business Solution have teamed up to streamline the registration and certification process for vendors who want to do business with Washington State agencies or municipalities.

for employers

U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Hiring Toolkit | The U.S. DOL has organized information on recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans in the workplace in this step-by-step toolkit.

Veterans Higher Education & Job Training

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training Resources | The WDVA compiled a list of higher education institutions and organizations that offer education programs, career exploration, and other data links that highlight partnerships with the WDVA.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Conservation Corps Resources | The Veteran’s Conservation Corps Program provides meaningful training and volunteer opportunities for veterans in The Veterans Conservation Corps, higher education, Veterans Farm at Orting, and internships.

Housing & Health

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Behavioral Health Resources | The WDVA maintains a one-of-a-kind, state-funded outreach/counseling program designed to provide confidential counseling services to Washington State veterans and family members.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Services and Transitional Housing Resources | The WDVA compiled list of resources available to veterans who are struggling with finding housing or transitional housing.