WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was signed into law by President Barack Obama. As the chief architect of the legislation to put America's veterans back to work, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs issued the following statement:
"Today, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 became law. Soon, the new provisions contained in the law will put our veterans of all eras on the path to meaningful employment. From the combat medic returning home from Afghanistan to the Vietnam veteran who has lost a job due to the struggling economy, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act tackles the barriers too many of our veterans face in today's job market.
"The legislation is also representative of our political parties coming together for a common cause. There should be no dispute to support those who have served our country honorably, and no argument that our veterans deserve the very best from their elected officials.
"Through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, we will help hundreds of thousands of our unemployed veterans get back into the workforce. Our veterans are a national treasure and an asset to any company looking to hire someone of integrity, leadership, and character."
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Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Today, IAVA Member Veterans and I stood with the President at the White House as he signed The VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law - the first jobs bill to pass out of a gridlocked Washington this year. We've been building towards this moment all year long. And supporters like you helped us make it happen.
Bottom line: this bill will help vets get jobs.
And it's coming just in time, as 46,000 troops come back from Iraq by the end of this year. This bill will ease the transition from combat to career for thousands by expanding training opportunities and providing tax incentives for employers who hire them.
Just as IAVA did in past years by passing the New GI Bill and Advance Appropriations for the VA, this bill accomplishes our top policy priority for 2011. And even in a year marred by crippling gridlock in Washington, IAVA still got things done.
This bill will help support thousands of new veterans, like Tireak Tulloch, Maria Canales and John Kamin. Watch their videos now and spread the word.
Even in a political climate that has stalled progress on most other issues, the President and a bipartisan leadership in Congress stood with our community to say that vets are a priority.
There's much more work ahead in 2012 on this and other urgent issues. But this Thanksgiving, thanks to thousands of supporters like you across the country and the hard work of the IAVA team, we have a solid win to celebrate. And that's something we can all be proud of.
Thank you for standing with us in this fight.
11/21/2011 02:22 PM CST