Jeff Miller Introduces Veteran Opportunity to Work Act of 2011

My congressman, Jeff Miller, is the chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. The Hill has published his op-ed on his introduction of H.R. 2433 or the VOW Act.

60,000 veterans were added to the unemployment rolls in June. That brought the total number of America’s out-of-work veterans to over 1 million – a staggering figure. That is why I have introduced the Veteran Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 (H.R. 2433), or the VOW Act. All of us have an obligation to find solutions to get America’s veterans back to work. These men and women have defended our nation, only to return home to stand in an unemployment line. That is not the homecoming we promised them.

Having a job provides a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. It is our workforce that makes America strong. It makes us exceptional and it averts perils such as homelessness – and the best prescription is meaningful employment. Veterans have the leadership, integrity and ingenuity employers often seek. But in today’s job market, there is a disconnect translating the experiences that hail from the battlefield to Main Street USA.

We have already set in place the building blocks for many of today’s veterans. Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, eligible veterans are getting college degrees, enrolling in on-the-job training programs, and training in specialized fields such as aviation in higher numbers than ever before.

Nevertheless, the breadth of the joblessness problem in today’s economy requires that more must be done.

Read the rest at The Hill:


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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4 Responses to Jeff Miller Introduces Veteran Opportunity to Work Act of 2011

  1. Sandra says:

    Excellent reporting on returning Vets.
    I have noticed that corporate efforts to support current educational reform initiatives behave as if they operate outside reality when they complain there are no qualified workers for their jobs. That narrative is cynical and frankly, insulting. I covered a recent Business Week article with that narrative here:

  2. Grumpy Elder says:

    Sometime during Vietnam, a major publication (I think it was the WSJ) published a piece warning bisinesses not to hire vets, because they were crazy, and unpredictable… To some extent that always has and always will be true of anyone who spent a year or so with other people trying going out of their way to kill him. Wonder if part of the problem is businesses are still afraid of them?

    That doesn’t mean they’ll make bad employees, difficult or hard doesn’t bother them. and they’ve learned how to react quickly, independantly and creatively to changing situations.

    After reading Sandra’s blogs on a very similar topic I’m getting the impression many of these businesses are looking for emloyees that will require no training and an absolute minimum learning curve..

    If a canned soup needs a salesman, the only applicants they want to talk to are canned soup salesmen from another canned soup company, If you’re trained to sell canned vegetables don’t bother apppling.

  3. Grumpyelder says:

    Thanks Bob, there’s alot of Vets in a position to influence hiring, it would be helpful if they put that influence to good use

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