After holding a successful Senate hearing last week on veterans employment, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today sought input from the nation's top veterans service organizations on how to continue expanding job opportunities for veterans.
"We've won some major victories for our veterans over the past few years, but too many of our returning troops still struggle to find job opportunities," said McCaskill, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. "So I'm reaching out to the experts-the folks on the ground who know what it takes to put our veterans back to work-and I look forward to sharing their commonsense insights with my colleagues."
As part of the Subcommittee's ongoing oversight of veterans employment efforts, McCaskill is seeking input from organizations including AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Military Officers Association of America, on the greatest challenges facing America's veterans as they seek employment.
McCaskill also asked the organizations to provide information and suggestions on how to address the disproportionate unemployment experienced by members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as their opinions on a proposal to move the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training from the Department of Labor to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Last week's hearing focused on progress made by government contractors in the hiring of military veterans. Under federal law, contractors and subcontractors are required to take steps to promote job opportunities for qualified veterans and provide information to Congress verifying those efforts.
Prior to the hearing, McCaskill released a Veterans Hiring Fact Sheet detailing data that had been provided by government contractors to the Department of Labor about veterans hiring practices. McCaskill's fact sheet shows that much of the data collected by the Department of Labor is incomplete or inaccurate.
McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has been a champion for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and was a founding member of The Veterans Jobs Caucus. McCaskill was a leading advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, and has repeatedly rallied support for additional care for veterans returning from combat duty.