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SGT. SHAFT: Vet’s wife seeks question about Survivor Benefit Plan
“Through the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, we will create the most qualified, most skilled veteran workforce since World War II to compete in today’s tough job market,” stated Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “But as all Americans know, the government cannot create jobs. But what we can do is create the right environment for the economy to flourish. So, we owe it to our veterans to reduce the burden of overreaching regulations that encumber America’s small businesses, including our veteran-owned businesses, the engine of our economy. In other words, we need to get the government out of the way of the economy and get our veterans back to work, and I am confident we can do this through the VOW Act.”
The latest job figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly 1 million veterans are currently unemployed, including more than 600,000 veterans of past eras and conflicts.
Also included in the legislation headed to the House is legislation to prevent sexual assault at VA facilities. The Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act is a result of a June GAO report which found that lack of reporting, security measures, and accountability lead to hundreds of patients and VA employees being left vulnerable to sexual assault.
“Our veterans come to VA seeking care and support and should not be left to fend for themselves when faced with assault,” Mr. Miller said. “As I have stated many times before, even one act of this nature, one sexual predator in VA’s system is absolutely unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.”
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