President Obama Signs VOW to Hire Heroes Act into Law Today
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) applauds Congress for passing the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which will be signed into law by President Obama today. The landmark legislation creates incentives for companies hiring unemployed veterans, and increases veterans' job training and counseling programs. The bill is part of President Obama's American Jobs Act legislation.
"Paralyzed Veterans of America is very pleased with the passage of these tax credits and other vital measures to help our jobless veterans," said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "We now encourage businesses to take the next important step — to create more jobs and hire veterans."
The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller, following the bill's passage, lauded veterans service organizations (VSOs) by stating: "Our VSOs deserve the real credit in bringing unemployment to the public's attention and getting this legislation signed into law this year."
Since 2007, Paralyzed Veterans' vocational rehabilitation program, Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), has been leading the way to help unemployed veterans with disabilities find jobs. Operation PAVE is a public-private partnership that empowers veterans with the skills they need to secure good jobs and careers, while matching them with employers with vacancies. Businesses looking to hire veterans are encouraged to contact their nearest Operation PAVE office. (www.operationpave.org)
"Paralyzed Veterans America and our Operation PAVE staff around the country stand ready to serve our veterans seeking employment, as well as work closely with businesses looking to hire them," added Lawson.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Sixty-five years ago, Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of spinal cord injured service members who returned home from World War II to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. These veterans from the "Greatest Generation" made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities. And for more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to thrive. (www.pva.org)
SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America