Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

BISHOP PARTICIPATES IN WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM

Jan 26, 2012
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that his office has been selected to participate in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program.  Since 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives has operated and funded the Wounded Warrior Program, offering full-time, two-year fellowships to injured and disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Veterans accepted into the program are employed by a House office, usually a Member’s District Office, to gain skills and work experience that will assist them as they transition to full-time, civilian employment.

“I’m pleased that our office has been selected to participate in this worthwhile program,” said Congressman Bishop.  “Our region is home to thousands of proud veterans, and I value both their insight on the issues and their leadership capabilities.  Currently, four veterans serve on our staff and I look forward to welcoming another veteran to our team through the Wounded Warrior Program.”

The unemployment rate for veterans serving in the U.S. Armed Services since the Iraq war began has risen to more than 12 percent in the past year. More than 220,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are out of work and the unemployment rate for veterans aged 20 to 24 averaged 30 percent last year, more than double that of others the same age. Among African-American veterans age 18 to 24, the jobless rate last year was a striking 48 percent.

“As a nation, we all have an obligation to ensure our veterans land on their feet when they come home and help them find good paying jobs to support their families,” said Congressman Bishop.  “These heroes have risked the most for our country.  They shouldn’t be coming home to unemployment checks. That’s why providing this support to our nation’s veterans is simply the right thing to do.”

 

Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program

U. S. House of Representatives

Job Title: Veterans Case Worker/Field Representative

Member: Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)

Office Location: Albany, GA

Date Needed:  Immediately

Job Summary:

The position is for a caseworker to work in the Congressional Office to facilitate and coordinate responses to a wide range of requests received from constituents.  District caseworkers also help constituents interact with administrative and government agencies by acting as facilitators, ombudsmen and, in some cases, advocates.  This person will also serve as a Field Representative, representing Congressman Bishop at district meetings and events.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent for this position will serve as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies as necessary as a representative of Congressman Bishop.  This person will be required to communicate clearly with constituents about what can and cannot be done on their behalf by the Congressman’s office.  This person will be required to learn the laws, regulations and intricacies affecting a constituent’s case as well as the procedures and structure of Congressman Bishop’s office regarding casework and employee obligations, as outlined in the House of Representative’s Ethics Manual.  This person will represent Congressman Bishop at district meetings on a wide-range of topics and issues and will be responsible for briefing the District Director on such meetings.  Additionally, the employee will be responsible to perform other duties as assigned by the Congressman, Chief of Staff, District Director and other staff members.

Requirements:  This program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, have a 30% or greater VA disability rating and less than 20 years of service.  High school diploma required, some college courses preferred but not required.  Professional education through the U.S. military is highly encouraged.  Excellent communication and organizational skills.  Recent experience with and understanding of the U.S. Military and Department of Veterans’ Affairs structure, procedures, and policies.  Service-oriented, positive attitude, and strong teamwork ability.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Contact:  Interested veterans should submit their resumes, a copy of their DD214 and a letter from the VA indicating that they have a 30% or greater rating to housewoundedwarriors@mail.house.govDo not send resumes directly to the office of Congressman Bishop.

For additional information on the Wounded Warrior Program, please visit: https://cao.house.gov/wounded-warrior/available-fellowships/position-description.

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