3 leaders who are helping veterans
I’m extra-proud to honor our veterans today because finally there’s movement to get them the services and protections they’ve been denied and absolutely deserve.
If you are a veteran or a member of a military family, check out these three people leading the way, and what they’re doing to help:
- Earlier this week, President Obama spoke about the resources available to veterans as they transition back into civilian life and look for good jobs to support their families. The Veterans Job Bank helps connect vets with employers who are committed to hiring them, in partnership with go-to employment resources including SimplyHired, Monster, and LinkedIn. My Next Move helps vets explore career paths that fit their interests and skill sets. They can also download a Veterans Gold Card, a new initiative by Obama that provides up to six months of job search services at career centers across the country. And Congress is expected to pass a new bill called Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (the Senate passed it yesterday), part of the President’s American Jobs Act that would provide a tax credit of up to $9,600 for businesses that hire vets who have been out of work for more than six months.
- Michelle Obama announced yesterday that she’s secured the commitments of an array of companies who have pledged to hire a total of 100,000 veterans and their spouses by 2014.
- Holly Petraeus, the Assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, testified before the Senate Banking Committee last week to talk about consumer-finance abuses against current members of the military, and what’s being done about it. The CFPB is working on addressing issues including housing (many families are stuck with mortgages they no longer need when a servicemember is ordered to move to a different base), aggressive (and expensive) private student loan offers, unfair auto loan rates, and dangerous debt loads and abusive debt collection tactics.
Of course, we have a long way to go until these initiatives lead to real change in our veterans’ lives. Here’s hoping that, come next Veterans Day, we’re celebrating their brave service and that millions of Americans—including vets—have returned to work.