IAVA to Stand with President Obama to Sign Historic Jobs Bill into LawCONTACT: Isabel Black (212) 982-9699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, November 21, 2011
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IAVA to Stand with President Obama to Sign Historic Jobs Bill into Law
First jobs bill to pass this year, The VOW to Hire Heroes Act will address staggering veteran unemployment rates
NEW YORK -Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will stand with President Obama at the White House as he signs The VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law.
“Today is an historic day for veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is the first jobs legislation of any kind to be passed all year. It’s practical, bipartisan and long overdue. This smart and comprehensive bill contains key provisions for which IAVA has been advocating for nearly two years, including tax credits and urgent improvements to TAP. And in a year marred by crippling partisan gridlock in Washington, coupled with rising new veteran joblessness rates, this bill couldn’t come at a more critical time,” said IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff.
“As with the passage of the New GI Bill in 2008, Advance Appropriations for the VA in 2009 and New GI Bill upgrades in 2010, IAVA has once again accomplished our top legislative priority for the year. IAVA is thankful that the President, Chairmen Miller and Murray and the rest of Congress have listened to our membership, put partisanship aside, and made veterans a top priority. We are proud to stand at the White House today for this important moment.”
“With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is a solid victory for the over 2.3 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families facing the toughest economy in decades. As Congress stalls on so many other issues, it’s good to see them come together in realizing that one of the smartest investments they can make is supporting the New Greatest Generation. While IAVA’s work in fighting veteran unemployment is not done, today is a big step in the right direction.”
IAVA Member Veterans Maria Canales, Eric Smith, Brian Sullivan and IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff will join the President on stage today at the White House for the signing ceremony. They will be available for comment immediately after the event.
For nearly two years, IAVA has pushed Congress for legislation to stem the rising tide of veteran unemployment. Thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chairman Jeff Miller (R FL-1), and the tireless efforts of IAVA staff, members and supporters from around the country, veterans will soon be better prepared for the civilian workforce.
Also included in the bill are components from President Obama’s American Jobs Act (AJA) that give tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans.
Included in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act are provisions that will:
· Authorize tax credits of up to $5,600 for businesses that hire veterans who have been looking for a job for more than six months, as well as a $2,400 credit for veterans who are unemployed for more than 4 weeks but less than 6 months.
· Authorize tax credits of up to $9,600 for businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for a job for more than six months.
· Make the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) mandatory for service members moving on to civilian life to help them secure 21st century jobs through resume-writing workshops and career counseling.
· Help veterans translate their military skills and certifications into similar jobs in the civilian work force.
· Expand educational and training opportunities for older veterans by providing 100,000 unemployed veterans of past eras and wars with up to one year of additional Montgomery GI benefits for education or training programs at community colleges or technical schools.
· Provide disabled veterans up to one year of additional vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits.
· Allow service members to begin the federal employment process prior to separation in order to facilitate a truly seamless transition from the military to jobs at VA, the Department of Homeland Security and the many other federal agencies in need of our veterans.
In addition to working with the public sector, IAVA is also hosting jobs fairs and closely coordinating with the private sector to lower new veteran unemployment as part of our Combat to Career program. Through innovative partnerships with companies like jcpenney, Google, Southwest Airlines and many more, IAVA is working with industry leaders to combat new veteran joblessness. To learn more about IAVA’s Combat to Career program, please visit IAVA.org/combat2career.
If you are a member of the media who wishes to arrange an interview with IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff or an IAVA Member Veteran that attended the signing ceremony, please contact Isabel Black at (212) 982-9699 or email@example.com.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide.
Press ContactsTo arrange an interview with an IAVA Member Veteran, contact us at press[at]iava.org, or call the Communications team at (212) 982-9699.
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