Senate Votes at 2PM on Critical Veterans Jobs Bill

Senate Votes at 2PM on Critical Veterans Jobs Bill

CONTACT: Hallie Seegal (212) 982-9699 or hallie@iava.org


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Senate Votes at 2PM on Critical Jobs BillWith unemployment at 10.9%, IAVA calls on Senate to put politics aside and pass the Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012
 

Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls on the Senate to pass the Veterans Job Corps Act, which would help put thousands of young veterans back to work. Even in the midst of campaign season, lowering veteran unemployment should be one issue both parties agree on. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill today at 2 PM ET.
 
The Veterans Jobs Corps Act, a bipartisan effort led by Senator Burr, Senator Murray, Senator Toomey and Senator Boozman, allocates $1 billion to hire veterans as police officers, firefighters, first responders and restorative conservationists for parks, coastal areas, wildlife refuges and VA cemeteries. The bill also allocates funding to extend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which provides employment, education and entrepreneurship advice for troops, veterans and their spouses. Lastly, it will require states to consider to military training and experience in granting credentials and licensure for roles like EMTs, nursing assistants and commercial drivers.
 
“Today, IAVA members all across America are depending on the Senate to put politics aside and step up for veterans. Partisan bickering should never stand in the way of creating job opportunities for the New Greatest Generation, especially with a 10.9% unemployment rate. This bill will allow vets to continue their service as policemen, firefighters and first responders. The Veterans Job Corps Act is not just an investment in our veterans’ future, it’s an investment in our country’s future,” said IAVA’s Founder and CEO, Paul Rieckhoff.

If you are a member of the media who wishes to arrange an interview with IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff, Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino or an unemployed IAVA Member Veteran, please contact Hallie Seegal at (212) 982-9699 or hallie@iava.org.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. To read more about IAVA’s 2012 policy priorities click here.


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