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McCaskill Joins Launch of Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus

Bipartisan group will fight to boost job opportunities for nation’s veterans

February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is helping to launch a new bipartisan working group that will identify ways to expand job opportunities for military veterans.

The Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus will work closely with constituents and veterans service organizations in developing initiatives that will put more veterans to work. 

"Our veterans face unique challenges when they return home," said McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Congress has a duty to make good on our promises to veterans, and make sure they have every opportunity to find a good job and a fair wage when they come back."

The caucus will also partner with organizations to highlight the hiring of veterans through displaying the "I Hire Veterans" logo. The Veterans Jobs Caucus is supported by veterans service organizations including American Veterans (AMVETS), the Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Navy, and the National Guard Association of the United States.

McCaskill is an outspoken advocate for military veterans, having spearheaded the effort to reform management of Arlington National Cemetery following reports of unmarked and mismarked graves. McCaskill successfully passed legislation in December 2010 and recently got a firsthand look at the cemetery, saying she was "encouraged" by progress being made to address oversight failures there.

In November, McCaskill also helped pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation she cosponsored which aims to put unemployed veterans back to work by providing tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans, making the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) mandatory for all separating servicemembers, expanding GI bill educational benefits, and offering one additional year for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits (VR&E) for qualifying veterans.

 

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