Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter urged Washington Republicans to stop playing political games and work with the President and Congress to help put veterans to work. President Obama announced new tax credits and resources to encourage businesses to hire veterans. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to debate these proposals later this week.
Perlmutter stated, "It's been more than 300 days, and Washington Republicans continue to block efforts to help put people back to work in this country. The impact on more than 400,000 Colorado veterans is particularly harsh. The brave men and women who served our nation earned and deserve better. They can't wait any longer for Congress to act. The tax credits and jobs proposals announced by the President today will immediately help our veterans find jobs when they return home. I urge the Senate to stand up for our military members who stood strong for us."
The President announced the following measures to help veterans today:
Returning Heroes Tax Credit -- provides firms that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran.
Wounded Warriors Tax Credit -- offers firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.
Veteran Gold Card: Effective today, Post-9/11 veterans will be able download the Veteran Gold Card, which entitles them to enhanced services including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling, at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country. This could help serve the more than 200,000 unemployed Post-9/11 veterans. The President directed the Department of Labor to launch this initiative in his August 5, 2011 speech at the Navy Yard.
My Next Move for Veterans: The Department of Labor will launch My Next Move for Veterans, a new online resource allowing veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified. The site will also include information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.
Creating a Veterans Job Bank: Starting Monday, the Administration will launch the Veterans Job Bank, at National Resource Directory, an easy to use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. It already searches over 500,000 job postings and is growing. In a few easy steps, companies can make sure the job postings on their own websites are part of this Veterans Job Bank.