BISHOP SALUTES U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S “HIRING OUR HEROES” INITIATIVE
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement of support for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, a nationwide initiative which seeks to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the Hiring Our Heroes initiative will host job fairs for veteran job seekers, transitioning active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military and veteran spouses. The job fairs will take place in Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; and Fort Hood, Texas. Below in text is Congressman Bishop’s statement of support.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is to be commended for their outstanding efforts in helping our nation’s veterans and their spouses find suitable and sustainable employment. As a nation, we all have an obligation to ensure our veterans land on their feet when they return home and help them find good paying jobs to support their families. These heroes have risked the most for our country. They shouldn’t be coming home to unemployment checks. That’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative is such a vitally important program.”
Congressman Bishop serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Last year, Congressman Bishop was the sponsor of the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, legislation designed to boost employment opportunities for veterans. In 2011, provisions of the Hiring Heroes Act passed in the House and Senate by bipartisan majorities and were signed into law by President Obama.