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Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members

Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members

Office of Personnel Management

November 30, 2009

Washington, DC – Administration officials continued their efforts to educate and employ veterans that began with President Barack Obama’s recent signing of an Executive Order which will provide thousands of jobs for veterans and transitioning military service members.

During a press conference at the Department of Labor that included a standing-room only crowd of representatives from Veteran’s Service Organizations, veterans and those currently serving in the military, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry, Deputy Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Scott Gould, and Deputy Under Secretary for Plans, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, Gail McGinn, joined officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to launch a Veterans Employment Initiative that will transform the Federal government into the national model of veterans’ employment.

Underscoring the importance of recruiting and training veterans, the Initiative makes it easier to market employment opportunities within the Executive Branch to veterans of the armed forces, provides feedback to veterans about their applications for federal jobs, and helps recently hired veterans adjust to service in a civilian capacity by requiring most Federal agencies to establish a Veteran’s Employment Initiative office.

“Their hard-won experience is an asset we can bring to government,” said VA Deputy Secretary Gould. “The President’s Veterans Employment Initiative will showcase the leadership and technical skills our military members have to offer and will bring that valuable talent to the civilian workforce.” Deputy Defense Under Secretary McGinn, added, “this will allow them to look throughout the federal government to find the right fit and the best federal job for them.”

OPM posted a Video News Release (VNR) charting the launch of the Initiative simultaneously on the OPM Youtube Channel and on, a new nationwide website being developed for America’s Veterans and Federal hiring managers.

Also, OPM issued the Employment of Veterans is the Federal Executive Branch Fiscal Year 2008 which will serve as a baseline for future success. According to the report at the end of FY 2008, there were approximately 480,000 veterans working within the Federal government.

“President Obama strongly believes in honoring the service of our veterans and he sees this Initiative as an opportunity to put some real muscle behind that promise, said Director Berry. “The strong sense of patriotism and public service held by members of our armed forces doesn’t leave them when they exit from active duty. It benefits our government to utilize their skills and dedication to service.” The Veterans Employment Initiative will help Federal agencies identify qualified veterans, clarify the hiring process for veterans seeking employment with the Federal government, and help veterans adjust to civilian life once they are hired.

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