Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 23, 2011
This week marked the launch of a new national veterans’ organization, Jobs For Vets. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Jobs For Vets was established by Air Force veteran and former legislator Dan Shelley to raise awareness and advocate for increased transitional support, access to higher education opportunities, better employment incentives and a strong economic and policy environment to help those who have served our nation.
“The men and women who’ve served our country deserve better than America is giving them,” said Shelley, Jobs For Vets founder and chairman. “In Texas, our leadership has created the most veteran-and military-friendly environment of any state in the country. Unfortunately that is not the case everywhere. Nationwide, the unemployment rate for veterans who served in the last ten years is higher than the national average.
“Jobs For Vets was created to promote programs that ensure a smooth transition from the battlefield to the boardroom, from boots on the ground to suits worn in American business. We must ensure that America’s veterans have economic opportunity and jobs awaiting them when they leave the service.”
In addition to advocating for Veteran-friendly economic, education and job programs, Jobs For Vets will endorse candidates for federal office who have a proven record of supporting Veterans. These “Jobs For Vets Patriots” will receive grassroots and financial support, and participate in Jobs For Vets outreach activities.
“More than one million more members of our Armed Forces are expected to leave military service in the next five years,” Shelley said. “We must create the necessary initiatives and economic and policy circumstances to ensure their transition to civilian life is successful, including electing presidential and congressional candidates who are committed to supporting our veterans and active duty military.”
Jobs For Vets has already begun outreach in the states of Texas, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and Minnesota and will continue to expand its advocacy efforts nationwide.
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