This week, Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-1) stood up to pledge his support for our troops and veterans by co-sponsoring the Honor and Remember Flag Recognition Act of 2011 (H.R. 546) and committing to reducing veterans' unemployment through the Combat to Careers Pledge. The Honor and Remember Flag is a symbol of our country's commitment to honor and remember all members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Combat to Career Pledge seeks to help veterans transition to civilian life. From 2007 to 2010 veteran unemployment doubled to a staggering 11.5 percent for new veterans. For many, it can be difficult to translate military experience to the civilian workforce. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Issue Report found that over 60 percent of civilian employers do not believe they fully understand the qualifications ex-service members have to offer. When veterans do find employment, they earn on average $10,000 less than their non-veteran counterparts, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Congressman Chabot issued the following statement on his commitment to our veterans:
"No veteran should come home from war to an unemployment check, yet nearly 300,000 veterans have. Every day men and women put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedom and safety we are blessed with in the United States, so it is our responsibility to make their transition back to civilian life as easy as possible. It is imperative that we provide veterans with the training they need to succeed in the civilian workforce, ensure that service members' jobs are protected while they are deployed, and make it easier for veterans to start and grow their businesses."