House Passes Holt Veterans' Employment Bill
The House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 5, introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), which would urge President Bush to designate a Hire a Veteran Week' to encourage employers to hire men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
"The federal government's obligation to help the brave and patriotic men and women who serve in our Armed Forces does not end after their service is over," said Rep. Holt. "They frequently need help in obtaining and sustaining employment and in starting businesses as they make the transition to a civilian life. Employers should hire veterans because the skills, values, and work ethic gained through military service make them excellent employees."
Members of veterans' service organizations also voiced their support for the House resolution. "Hire a Veteran Week would remind employers that today's veterans rank high in technical skills, high in education, dedication, discipline, and motivation making them valuable employees," said Albert Bucchi, Legislative Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of New Jersey.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, military operations have been creating the largest pool of veterans since the Vietnam War. From New Jersey alone, over 32,000 men and women have been deployed. Upon being discharged from the Armed Forces, these veterans may require a range of services and assistance, and they deserve the opportunity to pursue the American dream.
House Concurrent Resolution 5 will recognize the enormous sacrifices that veterans have made, and will set aside one week per year where all Americans will be reminded of the value veterans bring to our workforce, and to our business community. It passed unanimously by a vote of 411 - 0 and awaits action by the U.S. Senate.