VOW To Hire Vets
The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is a comprehensive jobs package that will aggressively attack the unacceptably high rate of veterans’ unemployment.
High unemployment rates continue to be a big topic in the daily news. It’s a subject that touches all of us in some way.
The U.S. Department of Labor says there are 3.4 million job openings in the United States, which is good, but it’s shameful there are 900,000 unemployed veterans. A remedy has been sought to help unemployed veterans find work, and for employers in the position to hire them to do so with incentives.
President Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law late last year. When Congress passed the act in October 2011, the unemployment rate for all vets was 7.7% and 12.1% for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. If you are a paralyzed veteran with a spinal-cord injury/disease (SCI/D) or a catastrophic injury, the unemployment rate is an unbelievable 85%.
A Comprehensive Package
Many veterans have been out of work for such a long time they have exhausted all the tools available that would have helped them finish their education or become retrained. Many transitioning from the military have fresh skills but are faced with barriers and not finding work.
In response to the need to help our veterans, there is the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. The act is intended to lower the rate of unemployment among our nation’s veterans.
The law combines provisions of House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller’s (R–Fla.) Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Patty Murray’s (D–Wash.) Hiring Heroes Act.
The result is a comprehensive jobs package that will aggressively attack the unacceptably high rate of veterans’ unemployment.
VOW To Hire Vets
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