#HireVets

Senator Roy Blunt
2017-04-04 17:20:18
Roy Blunt, US Senator for Missouri Dear Unity, Each year, nearly 200,000 service members transition from active duty to civilian life. Despite having the knowledge, skills, and leadership training that provide a tremendous asset to private-sector employers, transitioning to the civilian job market is often one of the most daunting challenges our service men and women face. I�ve been encouraged to see employers in Missouri and across the nation step up their veterans hiring initiatives, but there is still room for improvement. Last month, the Senate passed the HIRE Vets Act, bipartisan legislation I introduced that would recognize private-sector employers that demonstrate a commitment to supporting veterans throughout their post-military careers. My hope is that this bill will help connect more veterans with businesses that offer benefits and opportunities geared toward veterans� hiring and career development, and give these businesses the recognition they deserve. As a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, I�ve been proud to lead efforts to expand opportunities for our nation�s veterans. For example, I introduced the Hire More Heroes Act, which was signed into law in 2015, to encourage companies to hire more veterans while providing relief from the burdensome Obamacare employer mandate. My Military Family Stability Act is another bipartisan step we could take to make it easier for spouses to build their careers while their husband or wife is serving. The measure would provide more geographic stability for military families facing an ill-timed move, allowing them up to six months to finish a school year or meet a professional obligation. According to a study by the Military Officers Association of America, 90 percent of military spouses who are women are either unemployed or underemployed. More than half cite concerns about their spouse's service as a deterrent for prospective employers. Not only is that unfair to our military families, it is a substantial loss of talent for our economy and our local communities. We can never fully repay our nation�s heroes for the sacrifices they have made for our country. We can, however, do our part to better address the challenges they face, and ensure they have access to the opportunities they deserve. You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Facebook [link 1], Twitter [link 2], and on Instagram [link 3]. Sincere regards, [image = blunt.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/RDB_Signature.jpg]

Dear Unity,

Each year, nearly 200,000 service members transition from active duty to civilian life.

Despite having the knowledge, skills, and leadership training that provide a tremendous asset to private-sector employers, transitioning to the civilian job market is often one of the most daunting challenges our service men and women face.

I�ve been encouraged to see employers in Missouri and across the nation step up their veterans hiring initiatives, but there is still room for improvement.

Last month, the Senate passed the HIRE Vets Act, bipartisan legislation I introduced that would recognize private-sector employers that demonstrate a commitment to supporting veterans throughout their post-military careers. My hope is that this bill will help connect more veterans with businesses that offer benefits and opportunities geared toward veterans� hiring and career development, and give these businesses the recognition they deserve.

As a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, I�ve been proud to lead efforts to expand opportunities for our nation�s veterans.

For example, I introduced the Hire More Heroes Act, which was signed into law in 2015, to encourage companies to hire more veterans while providing relief from the burdensome Obamacare employer mandate.

My Military Family Stability Act is another bipartisan step we could take to make it easier for spouses to build their careers while their husband or wife is serving. The measure would provide more geographic stability for military families facing an ill-timed move, allowing them up to six months to finish a school year or meet a professional obligation. According to a study by the Military Officers Association of America, 90 percent of military spouses who are women are either unemployed or underemployed. More than half cite concerns about their spouse's service as a deterrent for prospective employers. Not only is that unfair to our military families, it is a substantial loss of talent for our economy and our local communities.

We can never fully repay our nation�s heroes for the sacrifices they have made for our country. We can, however, do our part to better address the challenges they face, and ensure they have access to the opportunities they deserve.

You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Sincere regards,

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