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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Veterans Employment Summit Exposes Differing Views

  • September 15, 2011
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On Tuesday, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a summit intended to elevate the importance of hiring veterans and share best practices among companies that regularly hire veterans.

Unfortunately, the hearing quickly erupted into the partisan bickering that has clouded all jobs-related legislation in Washington this year.  The two senior lawmakers on the panel, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) frequently traded barbs over the federal government’s role in creating jobs according to the Air Force Times.

Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) was able to mostly stop the bickering when he finally stated “From an ideological perspective, I do not really give a damn who creates the jobs.  I just want them created.”

The unemployment rate among younger veterans is in the double digits, and almost one million veterans are out of work.

The director of Walmart’s military programs testified that many veterans are team players, quick learners, technologically savvy and generally well-educated.

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