I am writing to inform you of a new initiative to tackle high rates of new veteran employment. Last week, President Obama issued a call to action for the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor, along with big and small businesses nationwide, to aid in providing skills and training for new veterans transitioning from military service to civilian life. There are also plans to propose tax credits to encourage employers to locate and hire veterans. With new veteran unemployment rates over 13% in California and reaching a staggering 30% in other states, I believe this is a crucial effort that needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
Reducing veteran unemployment should be a top priority in today's economic climate and this initiative is a step in the right direction. We need to join together by bringing attention and resources to this critical fight and help our nation's heroes while creating jobs. Our veterans engage in life-saving missions and unprecedented act of bravery and self-sacrifice every day, these attributes should be something all American companies are eager to take advantage of. It is in our best interest to create sustainable jobs and improve hiring practices for our veterans. Helping veterans transition into civilian life and find employment will benefit thousands of veterans and their families who have already sacrificed so much to fight for our freedom.
As a veteran myself, I continue to support measures that take care of our military and their families. Many Inland Empire residents have and will continue to bravely serve and courageously defend America. California is home to over 2.3 million veterans. Our nation must return the service and provide the best resources available to both current and former service members and their families.
JOE BACA, Congressman
CA 43rd Congressional District