On Veterans Day, US Must Redouble Efforts to Employ Veterans


November 12, 2014

(ATLANTA, GA) – The president of Job Creators Network, a national business advocacy organization, called today for policy changes to create more jobs and continued focus on employing veterans – especially young troops returning from combat.

“We salute the men and women who have served this nation on Veterans Day, but we can best celebrate their sacrifices by assuring there are jobs for them when they return to the civilian workforce,” Job Creators Network president Alfredo Ortiz said. “General employment statistics for veterans have improved in recent years. But young troops who have returned for combat are still lagging behind the civilian employed, with 18- 25 year old veterans twice as likely to be jobless. This must change.”

“Private and public sector groups like Hiring Our Heroes have done wonders to drive down veteran unemployment, and Washington must redouble its focus on these efforts,” Ortiz said. “But we owe it to returning veterans to do much more to rise the tide and lift their boats: we must lower taxes, cut regulations and adjust programs like the Affordable Care Act to remove barriers to job creation for all.”