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Two Businesses Get Awards For Hiring Veterans

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Two businesses are honored for hiring veterans in the Tri-Cities. Energy Northwest and Columbia Engineers and Constructors, were the two winners on Tuesday.  

Both companies got awards from the Employment Security Department, at a meeting from the Richland Rotary Club.

Energy Northwest has more than two hundred veterans working for them. Columbia Engineers and Constructors has more than fifty veterans, eight of them were just hired in the last year.

The state works with many companies but they felt these two needed to be recognized for their efforts.

"What we want to do is send our national guardsmen, off on their next mission not having to worry about their employer situation," said Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner.

The awards were part of the Hire-a-Vet challenge. The program was started two years ago.

The goal was to encourage companies to hire National Guard and Reserve members who are coming back from war.

Employment Security Commissioner, Karen Lee, says employers should contact their local WorkSource office if they'd like to hire veterans.