The story, from American Forces Press Service (8/5/11)
Obama announces veteran workforce initiatives
The president proposed a set of tax credits for companies hiring veterans, announced a new task force to develop reforms that will help service members transition to civilian jobs or higher education, and challenged industry to hire more veterans.
“Today's veterans are Americans who have done their duty,” the commander in chief said. “They have fought our wars with valor, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan.”
But many of those veterans find when they leave service that their military skills don’t qualify them for civilian jobs, the president said.
As of June, a million veterans were unemployed, and the jobless rate for post-9/11 vets was 13.3 percent, administration officials said. Another million veterans will return to the civilian workforce over the next five years, they said.
ROA has been a long time advocate for the rights of service members and their civilian employers. See the employment highlights of ROA’s legislative agenda below:
- Continue to enact tax credits for health care and differential pay expenses for deployed Reserve Component employees.
- Provide tax credits to offset costs for temporary replacements of deployed Reserve Component employees.
- Support tax credits to employers who hire service members who served in the Global War on Terrorism.
- Permit delays or exemptions while mobilized of regularly scheduled mandatory continuing education and licensing /certification/promotion exams.
- Continue to support a law center dedicated to USERRA/SCRA problems of deployed Active and Reserve service members
You can find detailed information on ROA’s advocacy initiatives focusing on employment along with a comprehensive listing of employment resources on our Current Issues Page.