Congressman Denham Announces Launch of Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Wednesday

Feb 26, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will launch the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus for the 113th Congress on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. To kick off the Caucus’ activities in the 113th Congress, members of the Caucus will participate in a “Day on the Hill," highlighting the Caucus’ commitment to increasing veterans' employment and the "I Hire Vets” initiative.

"We all know the economic crisis facing our country and how hard it is to find work; the same is true for our veterans,” said Denham. “We must welcome these men and women home with open arms and empower them to use the skills they have to get jobs. I’m proud to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle to uphold our commitment to our veterans, and we invite members of the public – especially business owners – to join us in this important mission."

The Veterans Jobs Caucus was first launched last Congress as a bipartisan, bicameral effort to decrease the unemployment rate of the nation’s 857,000 veterans. Denham returns to his position as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus with House colleague and fellow veteran Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senate co-chairs Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

The Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus has three goals:

  1. Promote veteran hiring across the public and private sector by increasing the awareness of veteran unemployment and the skills our men and women in uniform bring to civilian life.  This includes the Caucus’ “I Hire Veterans” program in the House, Senate, and across the public and private sectors. The “I Hire Veterans” logo is our yellow ribbon symbol that allows Congressional offices, government agencies, and companies to proudly display that they employ a veteran, current or former member of the Guard or Reserve, or a military fellow.
  2. Engage on veterans’ employment issues by working with the private sector, government, and service organizations to remove barriers that our nation’s veterans face in their search for employment.
  3. Hold monthly Member or staff-level events to share information on veterans’ employment initiatives.

Currently thirty-eight Senators and forty-three Representatives have signed on to the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus. In addition, twenty-four veteran or military service organizations and six major corporations endorse the bicameral and bipartisan Caucus. A full list of Caucus Members and additional information are included on the Caucus’ website, and an informational flier can also be downloaded here.