Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New bill would boost job-finding help for vets


With an unemployment rate of as high as 27 percent for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans ages 20 to 24, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairwoman and a member of the Senate Democratic Party leadership Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. has concerns that government isn’t doing enough for unemployed and underemployed veterans.

At an April hearing on veterans’ employment, Murray said the government is letting veterans down.

To help, she has introduced the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011.  DAV and other veterans service organizations have endorsed the bill.

Read more about the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 here:


Here in Wisconsin, DAV remains highly active in promoting job opportunities for disabled and other veterans including in state government.  To date, the Board of Veterans Affairs has taken no policy action on DAV’s list of recommendations to improve that agency’s employment and hiring of disabled and other veterans, currently seen as abysmal.

--Anthony Hardie

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