Support the “Vow To Hire Heroes Act” Amendment to S. 674

Media 11.10,11

Recipient: U.S. Senate

Dear Senator:

On behalf of The Leadership
Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we write to express our support for the
VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which will be offered as an amendment to S. 674. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is a budget neutral proposal that will help put veterans back to work and back on their feet. After the many controversial bills that have come up in the 112th Congress, we can only hope this bill proves to be an easy one.

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act will provide
tax credits of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been struggling to
find work, with higher tax credits for hiring veterans with service-connected
disabilities. It will also give veterans the skills they need to find good jobs
through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), expanded vocational
rehabilitation, and other education and training opportunities including
additional Montgomery GI benefits.

The provisions in the VOW to
Hire Heroes Act are beneficial to veterans from all wars, and from all walks of
life, including those from the communities we represent – and they also benefit
all Americans who can continue to benefit from the talent and hard work
exhibited by veterans after they leave military service. The bill will help
boost our national economic recovery, is fiscally responsible,  is highly popular with the public, and  has a history of bipartisan support. The
unemployment rate for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is an
unacceptable 12.1 percent, with an estimated 240,000 veterans of these two wars
currently looking for work. Veterans are also over-represented in the homeless
population, comprising 11.5 percent of the homeless adult population. Given
their willingness to protect us all and the sacrifices they have made, our
nation’s veterans deserve better.

For these reasons, we urge
you to support the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and to work toward its prompt enactment.
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, feel free to
contact Rob Randhava, Senior Counsel, at (202) 466-6058.


Wade Henderson
President & CEO

Nancy Zirkin
Executive Vice President