President Signs Bill Containing Hare's Provision to Create a National Service Corps for Veterans
President Obama today signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which includes Congressman Phil Hare's (D-IL) provision to create a Veterans' Corps.
The Veterans Engaged for Tomorrow (VET) Corps Act was coauthored by Hare and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). It will establish a service corps, similar to AmeriCorps or Senior Corps, for veterans by veterans.
The primary mission of the Veterans' Corps will be to recruit and mobilize veterans to serve the needs of their fellow servicemen and women. It will collaborate with Veterans Service Organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other groups to provide education, job training, and mentoring to our nation's veterans.
The Veterans' Corps will be overseen by the Corporation of National and Community Service. It would be the first of its kind.
"America's veterans are the living embodiment of President Obama's call to service," Hare said. "With thousands of troops set to return home over the next several years and millions of veterans already needing some form of assistance, Vet Corps will provide a vehicle for our heroes to continue their service while addressing a critical national priority."
"Vet Corps provides veterans an opportunity to continue their tremendous service to our nation," said Sarbanes. "It will also help mitigate the disproportionately high levels of unemployment in the veteran population while providing disabled or older veterans with tangible benefits. It is only natural that veterans would be the first to answer President Obama's call to community service. Vet Corps will allow them to participate in a meaningful way and help smooth their transition back to civilian life."