Pelosi Statement on the Hiring Heroes Act

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, bipartisan legislation introduced this week by Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), which would help veterans transition successfully from military service to civilian employment, particularly those who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“Our men and women in uniform fight abroad so we can know safety and security at home.  Yet when they return from war and re-enter civilian life, too many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines find it difficult to translate skills learned during active-duty service to potential employers, making it harder for them to secure a job, a paycheck, and a future worthy of their sacrifice.

“The Hiring Heroes Act tackles this challenge head-on – helping our men and women in uniform obtain good jobs when they come home.  This legislation strengthens much-needed training programs for veterans, and encourages businesses and government contractors to hire the brave men and women who have developed valuable skills and professionalism while in the armed forces.  This builds on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, helping fill in education gaps for our veterans and prepare them to succeed in our economy.

“This bipartisan legislation reflects our ongoing pledge to our service members: just as they leave no one behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind when they come home.  Their service to our nation’s defense and to our children’s future warrants nothing less.”