We set aside Veterans Day as a time to remember the enormous sacrifices made by our service men and women and to recognize the tremendous gifts they have provided us. It’s also a day when we should ask ourselves if we, as a nation, have repaid the debt owed to them.
Yesterday, the Senate approved the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. It passed in the House of Representatives last month. When enacted, this piece of legislation will help our veterans find employment as they return from service. And it could not have come any sooner.
For as bad as the recession has been for all Americans, it’s been even worse for our newest veterans. While national unemployment continues to hover around 9%, for Gulf War II era veterans, it’s a shocking 12.1%!
The VOW Act is a good first step, but we need to do more. We need to make sure the land our veterans bravely fought to defend holds as much opportunity and promise for them as it did for our previous generations of veterans.
Today, ask yourself if we’re doing enough to support our veterans. If you, like me, don’t think so, think about what you can do to help.