Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee

SSB 5633

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Brief Description: Creating a coordinator for the helmets to hardhats program in the department of veterans affairs.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, O'Ban, Hobbs, Chase, Kohl-Welles, Liias, McCoy and Hatfield).

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Creates a coordinator for the national Helmets to Hardhats program in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hearing Date: 3/16/15

Staff: Kirsten Lee (786-7133).


Helmets to Hardhats.

Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit program designed to connect National Guard, Reserve, retired, and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and career opportunities in the construction industry.

The program provides former and transitioning military personnel with job postings from the building and construction trades nationwide, which can be accessed online. To apply for work or membership, a candidate for employment completes a profile that informs hiring managers what transferable skills the candidate acquired during military service. Once a candidate submits interest in a career opportunity, they are contacted by a Helmets to Hardhats representative to ensure all application requirements are met.

Summary of Bill:

A coordinator position for the national Helmets to Hardhats program is created within the Department of Veterans Affairs, subject to available funding.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.