Vet Jobs Update

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a Veterans Summit on 26 JUL to emphasize the strides that they‘ve been making on veteran employment issues. The DHS veteran coordination strategy is intended to increase veteran hiring in the constituent agencies, increasing NOV 09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a goal of having 50,000 veterans employed at DHS by the end of 2012; as of the third quarter of 2011 there were 48,572 veterans currently working at DHS. DHS has also established a Veteran Employment Program Office, which has a ―one stop‖ website for veterans seeking employment at DHS (http://www.dhs.gov/xcitizens/veterans.shtm). The website explains veterans‘ preference, has a contact email address to answer any questions, and has a converter tool that helps transitioning service members find appropriate jobs to apply for within DHS and the federal government. Any veterans interested in employment at DHS should send their inquiries to VETS@DHS.GOV. [Source: TREA Washington Update 5 Aug 2011 ++]

 

On 5 AUG, President Obama made a speech at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., about several major initiatives to combat the persistently high rate of veteran unemployment. The plan includes proposed tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans (several initiatives are currently working their way through Congress) and the creation of an inter-governmental agency task force to explore the idea of ―reverse boot camps.‖ Hopefully, these reverse boot camps will prepare veterans for reintegration with the civilian workforce. More than 25% of veterans under the age of 25 are unemployed, according to Labor Department figures. The tax incentive program would be set up on a scale providing companies a $2,400 credit for hiring an unemployed veteran, $4,800 for hiring a veteran who has been unemployed six months or longer, and $9,600 for hiring a veteran with a service-connected disability who has been unemployed for six months or longer. The White House is hoping the program will lead to jobs for 100,000 veterans by the end of 2013. The task force will be led by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs and include representatives from other agencies such as the Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management and Department of Education. Their recommendations are to be presented to the President by year‘s end. The task force will attempt to remake the training service members receive for the civilian job market. [Source: TREA Washington update 5 Aug 2011 ++]

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