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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) monitors all legislation affecting veterans, alerts VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on veterans issues. With VFW’s own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2 million members of VFW and its auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Senate Caucus Hosts Veterans’ Jobs Day on the Hill
Yesterday the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus hosted its Veterans’ Jobs Day on the Hill, bringing together service members, veterans, legislators, government officials, professional staff, veterans’ advocates and top civilian employers to discuss ways to foster recruitment and retention of veterans in the civilian workplace.
Corporate leaders like Wal-Mart, UPS, and Monster.com participated in a panel discussion alongside the military’s Office of Reserve Affairs to discuss how each company envisioned its long-term hiring and retention programs for veterans and ways to bridge the language gap between military and civilian job fields, as well as break through negative stereotypes about veterans in the workplace. The panelists also addressed questions from the audience, then stuck around to meet face to face with staffers and veterans’ advocates.
The Department of Defense Hero2Hire program was also on hand to discuss the military’s initiatives to support transitioning service members in their job hunt, and the Hero2Hire mobile job site was parked outside the Dirksen Senate Building throughout the day, where legislators and staff members toured the facility and learned about the new kinds of resources available to job-seeking service members.
Yesterday’s event was orchestrated by the military fellows for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V.; Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.; Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif.; and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., the co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral caucus. The caucus plans to host similar events on a monthly basis moving forward.
Veteran unemployment continues to disproportionately affect Post-9/11-era veterans, which is why advocating for improved veterans’ employment resources remains a top priority for the VFW. VFW advocates will be out in force on Capitol Hill next week delivering this message to every member of Congress. Check back regularly with this blog for updates.
(Image: Brian Ketz, acting chief of staff for Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service, explains some of the resources Labor offers to veteran job-seekers during yesterday’s question-and-answer session. Photo by Ryan Gallucci.)