Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Filner, thank you for hosting this legislative hearing to discuss the important issue of putting America's veterans back to work.
In this tough economy, jobs are hard to come by, particularly for many of our veterans. Our young returning combat soldiers, and those severely injured during military service, have the hardest time securing employment. We are also seeing difficulty in older vets obtaining employment as well.
It is vitally important to ensure that our veterans are able to secure and maintain employment after returning to civilian life. Not only does employment offer salary and benefits, employment also provides an important sense of purpose and aides in the transition from military to civilian life. We in Congress must work with relevant stakeholders to guarantee that opportunities exist for our veterans to obtain gainful and meaningful employment.
I want to thank our witnesses for being here today, and have a few questions for them.