This week we honor America’s veterans, the men and women who have served our nation faithfully and defended American liberty and in so doing helped make the United States the greatest country in the world.
As Americans, we set aside Nov. 11 to honor and say thank you to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, but for too long, we’ve not lived up to our commitments to our veterans as a nation.
In particular, the recent scandals at VA facilities across the nation are a national disgrace and one we must ensure never happens again. But it isn’t just health care, the best thing we can do for our veterans is ensure they have meaningful employment right here at home.
As commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development from 2014 until earlier this year, I made veterans career and job assistance a priority within the agency. Our veterans received preferential treatment at WorkOne offices throughout the state, and as a result, we veterans’ unemployment decreased in Indiana to a third of what it was just three years ago.
Today, at just 1.8 percent, Indiana has the lowest veterans’ unemployment rate in the country.
By providing skills assessments, vocational training, and even job-matching services, we can honor the service of the approximately 5,000 veterans returning home to Indiana this year.
As a member of Congress from the 4th District, I will focus on policies and programs that honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans. This Veterans Day I invite you to join me in saluting Hoosier veterans, and U.S. veterans worldwide, by committing to keep the promises we’ve made to those willing to sacrifice so much for us.
(As published in the Journal & Courier).