Wednesday, August 15, 2012

White House Summarizes Veteran Initiatives Progress

A recently released White House fact sheet lays out President Obama’s support of veteran employment and the progress that has been made so far. Below is a list of the White House initiatives and legislation in support of hiring veterans with status updates.

Veterans Employment Initiative: Executive Order 13518 ordered the Federal government to bolster recruitment and retention of veterans in the federal workforce. The fact sheet explains that there have been 200,000 new veteran hires and at least 25,000 new Reservists to the federal workforce. Veterans now comprise more than one-fourth (27.3% in FY2011) of the federal workforce, the highest share in 15 years.

Enforcing USERRA: President Obama has articulated a zero-tolerance policy for USERRA violations across the federal government and calls on federal agencies to do the following to increase compliance.
  • Identify Best Practices
  • Improve Information about those Serving in the Federal Workforce
  • Better Information and Services for those who Serve
New Tax Credits: In November 2011, President Obama signed the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors tax credits. Expiring at the end of the year, the President has called for Congress to extend the credits.

Joining Forces: President Obama challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and their spouses by 2013. A year later, more than 90,000 veterans and their spouses have already been hired and 2,100 companies have committed to hire or train 175,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013.

Veteran Gold Card: This downloadable card entitles veterans to enhanced reemployment services including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling at their local one-stop career center.

Veterans Job Bank and My Next Move: The Administration launched the Veterans Job Bank, an easy-to-use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. With more than one million postings already, this site continues to grow. My Next Move for Veterans, launched by the Department of Labor, is a new online resource that allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are qualified.

Healthcare Careers for Veterans: President Obama challenged Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans over the next three years and the Health Resources and Services Administration pledged to open up career paths and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants.

Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force: This task force will identify opportunities where service members can earn civilian occupational credentials and licenses without the need for additional training and is related to the Veteran Skills to Job Act. The Task Force’s first task enabled up to 126,000 service members to gain industry-recognized, nationally-portable certifications for high-demand manufacturing jobs.

Read the fact sheet here.

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