Just in time for Veterans Day, in an overwhelming display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate passed a bill providing tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans. In addition, Congress will be shepherding through the legislative process a “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” in expectation of early passage. President Obama also announced several administrative programs to help veterans find work and train for new careers. These jobs initiatives are particularly important since, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans have an overall unemployment rate of 12.1 %, several points higher than for non-veterans.
On Friday, we honored the brave men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces, leaving their families to protect ours. But don’t veterans deserve our respect every day of the year, not just on November 11th? If you want to express your gratitude, but don’t have the ability to hire a veteran, there are numerous organizations providing important services to veterans as well as comfort and assistance to their families.
A government website can help you search for volunteer opportunities to help military families in your community.
Joining Forces is a national initiative that provides members of the Armed Services and their families opportunities and support.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The mission of The Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded soldiers with a variety of programs to strengthen Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement, including PTSD evaluation.
Fisher House gives families the chance to be close to their military loved ones who are hospitalized and provides scholarships to support programs improving the quality of life for military families.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides comfort to those who have lost a loved one in service to America.
Let’s work to help these programs and services make it easier for our brave veterans to transition to civilian jobs and life at home with dignity. They deserve our appreciation and recognition every day.
Visit our blog again on Wednesday for a Virtual Book Tour with Dr. Jeffrey Rubin. He’ll be answering questions about his new book, The Art of Flourishing.