Vancouver security firm honored for hiring vets

By Troy Brynelson, Columbian staff writer

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A local security firm’s knack for hiring military veterans has earned it some new stripes.

ADD Security will be honored by the state Employment Security Department on Friday for demonstrating a “proven track record of hiring military veterans,” according to a news release.

Founded in 1984, the Vancouver firm provides site security for companies around the region. Most of its 21 employees are ex-military, said operations manager Brian Ricker.

Ricker, a former Army soldier and a former U.S. Air Force reservist, was excited by the news. He has worked closely with job training organization WorkSource to hire more veterans.

“I have a deep passion to help vets,” he said. “This company is 80 to 85 percent veterans, and the rest are huge veteran supporters.”

The award recognizes businesses that have gone above and beyond to aid veterans in the business community, according to agency spokesman Bill Tarrow. Companies are honored for hiring many veterans or by instituting helpful new programs for veterans.

“We hope other employers see it and want to follow their lead and want to connect with WorkSource in assistance in hiring vets,” Tarrow said.

ADD Security will be honored at 11 a.m. Friday at Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Suite No. 105, in Vancouver.