By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:
“Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a huge impact on Yelm, and a survey given to people who work on the base helps show exactly how large that effect is.
South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) solicited responses for the survey from 3,154 active-duty service members and government civilian employees assigned to JBLM.
JBLM has a significant impact on the surrounding communities.
The bases impact on the state is around $6.1 billion per year, about 1.8 percent of the states gross domestic product, program manager Tiffany Speir said. Of the JBLM service members living off-base, 938 2.9 percent live in Yelm, according to the survey.
The 2013-14 survey solicited responses through October 2013. The results were released this spring, Speir said.”
” Nearly 1 in 8 of Yelms military population is active duty. Members of the Army comprise 77 percent, and 20 percent are in the Air Force.
Eighty-three percent of JBLM-employed Yelm residents feel the support of their local community is good or very good.
Forty-eight percent of Yelms military residents own their homes; 39 percent rent their homes.
Approximately 15 percent of JBLM-employed Yelm residents plan to transition out of the military in the next two years. Forty-five percent plan to stay in the Puget Sound area; of those, 54 percent will seek jobs, and 21 percent will stay for school.
Eighty-eight percent of JBLM-employed residents feel Yelm is safe.
Sixty-nine percent of JBLM-employed residents do their grocery shopping off-base and 91 percent say nearby access to fresh and healthy foods is good or very good.
Ninety-seven percent of JBLM-employed residents do their retail shopping off-base, and 88 percent of Yelm residents say access to nearby quality commercial businesses and services is good or very good.”