Helping our Nation’s Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life

Today I attended a veterans roundtable discussion with leaders of Veterans Service Organizations to discuss ideas and solutions to better help with our nation’s veterans transition back to civilian life.  As Americans we must make sure that all veterans have what they need when they return to civilian life.  As a United States Senator I have been committed to working to keep our commitments to veterans on healthcare, education and employment opportunities that these brave men and women fought hard to protect.  The skills, experiences and work ethic that veterans bring to the workforce will not only strengthen but grow our economy.

It is extremely important that we as United States Senators hear directly from veterans and advocates about the ideas these individuals have to put our returning service members back to work.  Just last week, I was proud to cosponsor the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, which passed the Senate with a vote of 94-1.  This legislation seeks to help out of work veterans use their skills to get back to work.  Working together we can continue to make progress in ensuring our veterans are getting the services they need, whether it is new and innovative healthcare treatments, stronger educational support or incentives to get veterans back to work.

Two Pennsylvanians that are leaders of prominent national veteran organizations were among the veterans and advocates that attended the roundtable.  These individuals expressed the ongoing struggles veterans, service members and their families are dealing with every day when it comes to employment issues.  I look forward to working with these groups to come up with commonsense solutions to put these brave men and women, and their families back to work.