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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) monitors all legislation affecting veterans, alerts VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on veterans issues. With VFW’s own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2 million members of VFW and its auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
President Signs Veterans' Jobs Bill Into Law
The VFW joined President Barack Obama and leaders in veterans' advocacy at the White House yesterday to sign the VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law. This comprehensive piece of veterans' jobs legislation passed both houses of Congress with unanimous bipartisan support before reaching the president's desk thanks in large part to the advocacy of the VFW on the issue of veterans' unemployment.
Over the last few years, the VFW has consistently passed a resolution at the VFW National Convention calling on Congress to address the ever-growing unemployment crisis among veterans, particularly the men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. VFW then testified in support of comprehensive veterans' jobs legislation before both the House and Senate in the lead-up to the compromise bill that the president signed yesterday.
Both Republican and Democratic leaders, like House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., joined the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House to mark the bipartisan victory that will help veterans become more marketable employees in a cut-throat jobs market.
According to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans are unemployed for every man or woman currently serving in those countries, and as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the VFW believes that veterans must be prepared for a potentially difficult job search.
To learn more about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and what it will mean for veterans struggling to find quality jobs, check out last week's blog post by Clicking Here.
The VOW to Hire Heroes Act was a major victory for the VFW and for the veterans' community as a whole, and last week, VFW Commander-in-Chief thanked Congressional leaders and the Administration for their work to serve the needs of today's unemployed veterans.
"Washington works best when there is common ground," said DeNoyer. "I am proud of House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray and all their supporters for joining together to help veterans get jobs. I also want to thank the president for his strong support of veterans past and present."
(Images: Top: President Barack Obama discusses why the VOW to Hire Heroes Act is important while leaders from the veterans' community, including VFW Executive Director Bob Wallace, look on. Bottom: President Obama signs the VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law during a ceremony at the White House. Photos by Ryan Gallucci.)