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Veterans Front and Center at Fort Campbell

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment, Veterans by on April 24, 2014 1 Comment
Veterans Front and Center at Fort Campbell

I had the great pleasure and honor of visiting with our transitioning service members on Wednesday at a jobs summit in Fort Campbell, Ky., where the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, announced a new veteran’s initiative. The Veterans Employment Center is the first inter-agency initiative […]

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Funding Increase to Help More Veterans Nationwide

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on March 10, 2014 2 Comments
Funding Increase to Help More Veterans Nationwide

The Labor Department is committed to serving transitioning service members, veterans and their families by preparing them for meaningful careers and maximizing their employment opportunities. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service for all employment and training programs available through more than 2,500 American Job Centers nationwide. Within the American Job Center there are […]

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Caring for Wounded Warriors: An All-Hands-On-Deck Enterprise

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on December 24, 2013 0 Comments
Caring for Wounded Warriors: An All-Hands-On-Deck Enterprise

“As Commander-in-Chief, I’ll keep doing everything in my power to make sure we serve you as well as you’ve served us. And that means making sure you get the care and the benefits you need. It means making sure you don’t have to fight for a job when you get home. It means recognizing our military families and […]

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Honoring Veterans through Opportunity

Filed in Jobs, Veterans by on November 6, 2013 1 Comment
Honoring Veterans through Opportunity

Today I was honored to preside over the department’s annual Salute to Veterans, my first since being confirmed as assistant secretary of labor for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. (Editor’s note: Watch the full program on YouTube.) Secretary Thomas Perez regaled the audience with stories of military service and heroism about his father and […]

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Hollywood Comes to the Potomac on Behalf of Veterans

Filed in DOL, Veterans by on September 28, 2013 0 Comments
Hollywood Comes to the Potomac on Behalf of Veterans

A buzz shot through the Washington offices of the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service late one September day when the staff learned that he was coming for a meet and greet. The he was Marine veteran R. Lee Ermey – an iconic figure in military circles. Ermey served 11 years in the Marine […]

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No Limits for Wounded Veterans

Filed in Disabilities, Veterans by on May 23, 2013 2 Comments
No Limits for Wounded Veterans

Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Games are an annual event in which injured, ill or disabled veterans from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations Command and the British Armed Forces compete in Paralympics. From […]

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VETS’ Kelly Heads “North to the Future” of Veterans Employment

VETS’ Kelly Heads “North to the Future” of Veterans Employment

Accepting the position of assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ training and employment brought me from Montana to Washington, D.C. This month, my new job took me from the district all the way to Alaska. You may not know it, but at approximately 10 percent, the percentage of Alaskans who are veterans is one of […]

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Combat Veteran Presents His Vision for Leading VETS

Combat Veteran Presents His Vision for Leading VETS

During the Vietnam War, I served with the 101st Airborne Division as the sergeant in charge of an infantry squad and later a platoon. We operated in the field with daily reconnaissance sweeps and nightly ambushes. We conducted combat assaults in the jungle and on fire-support bases. It was through these activities that I honed […]

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