House Goes Hollywood to Push Vet Jobs Bill

September 27, 2011 | Terry Howell

In an effort to gain the support within the veteran community and the Congress, the House Veterans Affairs Committee recently released a Hollywood style movie trailer to promote the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011.

The VOW Act of 2011 is part of a larger effort to help the men and women who have served our nation and protected our liberty compete in today’s austere economic climate.

The total number of unemployed veterans in the United States is now over 1 million. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among Gulf War II era vets (those serving since Sept. 2011) is 11.5 percent, roughly 1 percent higher than the non-veteran population.

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently passed the VOW Act and the bill will soon go before the entire House for vote.

Let your elected officials know how you feel about this pending legislation.

About Terry Howell

Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

Comments

  1. Are all our leaders like the woman in proverbs that tears her own house up. Some do not want big coorpartions so laws were passed. Did we fail to remember all the people that were propelled into middle class because of big coorpations. Do we forget about all the small business that are formed to support the company giants like auto, furniture, and appliciences. I am not saying the big coorparations should be un-restricted but adjusted. Pass laws such as tax laws that make if more profitable for companies to hire American Citizens. It will do no good to make jobs then give the jobs to illegals.

    • the 'big corporations' are refusing to hire americans now — with taxes at the lowest rate they've been in several generations, and executives making record bonuses. soooo…not quite sure of yr point, big guy. any hires are going overseas, to india or somesuch place, where they pay a tenth of what we do here and they certainly don't have to follow ANY regulations. it's NOT TAXES they're afraid of: they're afraid of US ASKING FOR LIVING WAGE. wake up, america — corporatism is not your friend!!!

  2. I'm confused as to how they think businesses will hire us over non-veterans just because there is a silly commercial made?

    • The commercial (not really run as an ad anywhere) is to drum up support for their VOW Act within veteran groups and congress not sell it to the employers.

  3. i have jobs in a major hospital and not just Doc's and Nurses.Located in North Carolina. ddolan@unch.unc.edu
    email me
    Retired Marine

  4. you know, it’s a “pretty” commercial but like the old lady from a commercial many years ago – “Where’s the BEEF?” this is nothing more than the same old S**t (SOS) that has been done before.
    Like this is really going to do something other than Congress saying, “see what we did for you – we tried – but the other guy wouldn’t do for you – aren’t we great!” Not only NO but H**L NO.
    So, when’s the next elections – vote ‘em all out!!