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Miller: “Our VSOs Deserve the Real Credit in Bringing Veteran Unemployment to the Public’s Attention”

Nov 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:

“After nearly a year of examining the rising veteran unemployment rates and vigorous oversight of programs to help America’s veterans find meaningful employment, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan compromise to get America’s veterans back to work.

“Using the framework of the VOW Act, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act includes provisions from the House and the Senate to target the root causes of the employment problems that our veterans face in today’s competitive job market. This landmark legislation is a major victory for veterans and will help hundreds of thousands of veterans who are currently unemployed.

“I would particularly like to express my gratitude to our Veterans Service Organizations. They have been steadfast partners throughout this process. Our VSOs deserve the real credit in bringing veteran unemployment to the public’s attention and getting this legislation signed into law this year.

“We must not lose focus on this issue after this legislation becomes law. Effective implementation and execution by the Administration is essential. Today’s victory is only the first step. I will continue to champion this issue until we reach the final step when our veterans are out of the unemployment lines and on the path to success.”

To learn more about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, click here.