There are over 1 million unemployed military veterans in the United States. As Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans start to come home, and as Vietnam, Cold War, and Persian Gulf War veterans can’t find or lose their jobs, the economy is losing some of its best and brightest leaders and workers.
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is committed to helping the men and women who have served our nation and protected our Liberty compete in today’s austere economic climate through comprehensive legislation that provides a 360 solution to veteran unemployment.
The Veteran Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2433) is a 360 approach that incorporates education, training, protections, and eliminates roadblocks in the system to provide veterans with the opportunity to compete in a 21st century economy.
Struggling under oppressive debt, poor credit, and rising unemployment, two-thirds of unemployed veterans are between the ages of 35-64, while one-third of veterans who are out of work are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. With American small businesses under the threat of higher taxes and even more regulation, veterans are especially at risk in the global marketplace as they put service before their own educational and professional goals.
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