Washington Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG)

Purpose

The VERG exists to help integrate the experience, values, and knowledge of both veterans and service members in state employment.  This Employee Resource Group supports former and active military personnel and their families through a system of comprehensive activities and developmental opportunities.The Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG) has partnered with JBLM ACAP and increased the number of transitioning Service Members who are gaining state employment, supporting the Veteran’s Fellowship Program, supporting NW Edge and site visits with State Agencies and co-sponsoring hiring events – 18 State Agencies were represented at Career Day!

Goals

  • Recruit veterans to state service through outreach and educational activities.

  • Retain veterans by providing a support structure, education, and career progression assistance

  • Recognize veterans by planning annual activities that honor their military and state service.

The VERG is governed by a set of By-Laws that outlines the group’s membership, operational processes, and scope of activities.   The VERG does not act as an alternative employment mechanism for addressing employee grievances and operates in alignment with all related bargaining agreements, rules, and laws.

2016 State Agency Employer of the Year Award

The State VERG will recognize an outstanding State Agency for making significant strides in employing Veterans and in supporting transitioning service members in growing their careers in State Government. We plan to recognize innovation and efforts in advancing the objectives of Executive Order 13-01 within state government.

To nominate your state agency employer or a different state agency employer, please complete the essay questions found at this link

State Agency efforts we’re evaluating:

  • Creativity and innovation in recruiting and hiring veterans.
  • Development of Veterans in state employment
  • Efforts to involve Veterans in developing a culture inclusive of transitioning service members
  • Collaborative partnerships to increase support networks for state employed Veterans.

Selection Process: A panel of Statewide VERG members will evaluate nominations from mid-September through October to be announced and presented with their award near Veterans Day in November.
We are collecting nominations throughout until September 15th, 2016, so that we can present the award near Veterans Day in November.  If you have questions about this award, please contact VERG-member, Betty Carter at bettyc@dor.wa.gov.