My challenge to Small Businesses: Hire More Veterans

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-08-09 16:39:24
    Dear Unity, Earlier this week, I had the honor of addressing the National Veterans Small Business Conference in St. Louis. I spoke with our brave veterans about expanding job opportunities, and the importance of doing everything we can to ensure government agencies and business owners recognize the military training and skills our veterans bring to the workforce, and understand how that will greatly benefit their businesses.  As I told the crowd, "A veteran who has lifted the wounded in a Black Hawk, landed in a temporary medical tent, and rushed the victim to a temporary structure for brain surgery has sure as heck proved they they're competent enough to provide emergency medical care stateside." This event, which was hosted Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, and commercial partners, was designed to help veteran-owned small businesses maximize their opportunities and grow their business. Read more about my visit at the conference below: McCaskill to Small Businesses: Hire More Veterans ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Small businesses were issued a challenge by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday: hire more veterans. McCaskill, D-Missouri, says the employment picture has improved for those who have served in America's military. The jobless rate for veterans stands at 7.7 percent, down from 8.9 percent a year ago. Still, McCaskill says there have been pitfalls along the way. The Democrat says there have been times when the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with overseeing veteran employment, has not been paying full attention. "There was one company that was reporting, without any inquiry from the Department of Labor, that 400 percent of their workforce was veterans. Now that's a trick," she told a crowd at the Veterans Small Business Conference in St. Louis Tuesday. On the other hand, McCaskill touted what she calls a major accomplishment: legislation that requires federal agencies to recognize military training when certifying veterans for private sector skills. "A veteran who has lifted the wounded in a Black Hawk, landed in a temporary medical tent, and rushed the victim to a temporary structure for brain surgery has sure as heck proved they they're competent enough to provide emergency medical care stateside," Missouri's senior senator said. Attending the same conference, Dr. Tommy Sowers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says there is still a dark side to the plight of veterans today. "We've had 22.4 million veterans and only 8.9 million are accessing their services," he said. "When we talk to veterans and survey them, 59 percent know little to nothing about their benefits." All the best, P. S. Read more about my work fighting for veterans, HERE. Let me know your thoughts via email, Facebook and Twitter.       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

Earlier this week, I had the honor of addressing the National Veterans Small Business Conference in St. Louis.

I spoke with our brave veterans about expanding job opportunities, and the importance of doing everything we can to ensure government agencies and business owners recognize the military training and skills our veterans bring to the workforce, and understand how that will greatly benefit their businesses. 

As I told the crowd, "A veteran who has lifted the wounded in a Black Hawk, landed in a temporary medical tent, and rushed the victim to a temporary structure for brain surgery has sure as heck proved they they're competent enough to provide emergency medical care stateside."

This event, which was hosted Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, and commercial partners, was designed to help veteran-owned small businesses maximize their opportunities and grow their business.

Read more about my visit at the conference below:


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Small businesses were issued a challenge by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday: hire more veterans.

McCaskill, D-Missouri, says the employment picture has improved for those who have served in America's military. The jobless rate for veterans stands at 7.7 percent, down from 8.9 percent a year ago.

Still, McCaskill says there have been pitfalls along the way. The Democrat says there have been times when the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with overseeing veteran employment, has not been paying full attention.

"There was one company that was reporting, without any inquiry from the Department of Labor, that 400 percent of their workforce was veterans. Now that's a trick," she told a crowd at the Veterans Small Business Conference in St. Louis Tuesday.

On the other hand, McCaskill touted what she calls a major accomplishment: legislation that requires federal agencies to recognize military training when certifying veterans for private sector skills.

"A veteran who has lifted the wounded in a Black Hawk, landed in a temporary medical tent, and rushed the victim to a temporary structure for brain surgery has sure as heck proved they they're competent enough to provide emergency medical care stateside," Missouri's senior senator said.

Attending the same conference, Dr. Tommy Sowers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says there is still a dark side to the plight of veterans today.

"We've had 22.4 million veterans and only 8.9 million are accessing their services," he said. "When we talk to veterans and survey them, 59 percent know little to nothing about their benefits."

All the best,


P. S. Read more about my work fighting for veterans, HERE. Let me know your thoughts via email, Facebook and Twitter.

   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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