PASCO, Wash. - According to U.S. Census estimates there are just under 20,000 veterans living in our area. With unemployment rates already increasing it can be difficult for vets to find jobs. But, Washington offers an incentive for employers to hire unemployed veterans.
It's called the work opportunity tax credit and it's something business owner Jim Jewell is looking to apply for.
A Navy veteran himself, he's making an effort to hire a few of the 30,000 veterans that are unemployed in the state.
Senator Maria Cantwell helped push a bill through Congress to extend the tax credit and visited Jewell's business Friday.
Jewell said he knows firsthand what skills veterans have. Himself included, he has five vets on staff at In Home Medical.
"I would have been looking for opportunities to hire veterans anyway," said Jewell. "And with the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq I knew these guys would need a lot of jobs when they came back so we thought we'd reach out to them as best we could."
His latest hire is an active Oregon National Guard member. Jewell said he'll be using the up to $9,600 tax credit to pay for a temporary employee while she does a month of training each year.
Jewell said Workforce has been a big help in finding unemployed vets to hire.