Sunday, August 11, 2013

VOW to Hire Heroes Act (Senator Murray)

Senator Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray was the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  This year she stepped down from that post to Chair the Senate Budget Committee but she continues to advocate on behalf of veterans (and she continues to serve on the Senate Veterans Committee).  Her office issued the following last week.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES                        CONTACT: Murray Press Office
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013                                        (202) 224-2834

TOMORROW: Murray at JBLM for Update on Local Implementation of Veterans Jobs Law

90% of transitioning service members from JBLM are taking advantage of transition programs mandated by Murray’s VOW to Hire Heroes Act
Murray will receive briefings from Joint Base officials on transition programs, tour a classroom where veterans receive apprenticeship training

(Washington, D.C.) – Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, at 2:00 PM U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will travel to JBLM to discuss her VOW to Hire Heroes Act, a landmark veterans employment law, to see how it is making an impact in Tacoma. The Senator will receive briefings from Joint Base officials on the successes of VOW at JBLM, and will discuss VOW’s impact within the local community, ongoing challenges to implementation, and how to work together to produce better outcomes in the future. 

JBLM was selected as the first installation in the nation to pilot the apprenticeship program where active duty members are allowed to take time to participate in apprenticeship programs and still get paid.  Senator Murray will tour a classroom where veterans receive this apprenticeship training.

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is a bipartisan, comprehensive law that works to lower the rate of unemployment among our nation’s veterans. The law is designed to help put veterans back to work by providing them with real-world skills and job training as they leave the military and by easing the training and certification process veterans face.  At JBLM, it is estimated that 90% of transitioning service members are taking advantage of the programs Senator Murray’s legislation created, and nationally, veterans’ unemployment rates among recent veterans have dropped dramatically from double-digits, and are now at or below civilian unemployment rates.

WHO:             U.S. Senator Patty Murray
                                    Colonel Hodges, Joint Base Commander
                                    Mark Brown, Director of Human Resources, JBLM
                                    Robin Baker, Transition Services Manager, JBLM
                                    Lourdes “Alfie” Alvarado Ramos, Director, WDVA
                                    Mike Schindler, President, Operation Military Family
                                    Chris Winters, Veterans Rep, International Union of Painters & 

Allied Trades
                                    Todd Mitchell, Helmets to Hardhats
                                    Kathleen Connelly, Education Director, JBLM
                                    Amy Moorash, Chief, Advising Branch, David L. Stone & John D "Bud" Hawk Education Centers, JBLM

WHAT:        Senator Murray will meet with JBLM officials to discuss the successes of her VOW to Hire Heroes Act within the local community

WHEN:        TOMORROW: Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
          2:00 PM PT

WHERE:    Joint Base Lewis McChord Stone Education Center

Kathryn Robertson
Deputy Press Secretary 
Office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510

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