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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Fights to Combat Unemployment Among Veterans

September 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that a provision establishing a Joint Executive Committee for veteran’s job placement was included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

MacArthur’s provision directs the Joint Executive Committee between the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to create a subcommittee on Transition Assistance that would collaborate in post-service employment. This provision would require them to work together to make sure our troops have everything they need to find gainful employment after their service has ended. There are 65,000 veterans in the district and nearly 400,000 in the state of New Jersey, and many of them struggle with unemployment when they return from serving our country. New Jersey ranks the second highest in veterans’ unemployment in the nation, and we must do better.

“During my time on the House Armed Services Committee I have seen firsthand the devastating financial and emotional impacts faced by veterans when they return from service,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Our veterans are some of the most highly trained workers in America, yet many find only part time work while others find no work at all upon their return. Our veterans have sacrificed so much and we owe it to them to make sure they have every opportunity to earn a good living. This provision will require the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to collaborate on employment opportunities for our soldiers to ensure that service to our nation does not mean a lifetime of financial struggle.”