Keith Kelly, who has served as the Labor Department’s top official for veterans employment for the past two years, announced last week that he would leave his post at the end of May.
Kelly has served as assistant secretary of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) since January 2013. Previously he had been commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
“When I leave VETS, I will be 69½, and that is enough,” he said in a statement. “I am leaving a good organization with every confidence it will keep moving forward. I am going back home to Montana to see how a saddle feels again.”
ETS serves as the focal point for veterans employment by preparing military service members for transition to civilian employment, providing veterans job training and other career-hunting services, and protecting their employment rights.
Kelly also played a role in the Obama administration’s initiative to end veteran homelessness by the start of 2016, overseeing training and assistance programs to help struggling veterans find jobs, reported Military Times.