Shutdown impacts job resources for Yakima Valley veterans

YAKIMA, Wash. -- For veterans looking for work here in the Yakima Valley, the shutdown has made getting a job a lot harder.

A WorkSource employee assigned to helping veterans in Yakima and three bordering counties was furloughed this week. There's also a freeze on filling a job opening for another veteran specialist.

Veterans can still get basic assistance. But, one-on-one assessments are no longer available. Some find the move disappointing.

"All of our services and things of that nature should be available to everybody that lives here, but especially to the people that have gone above and beyond to fight to keep them," said Chris Deery of Yakima.

Since the shutdown began, twelve of 22 Yakima WorkSource employees have seen their hours cut by at least 20 percent.