|Braley Meets with Iowa National Guard, Discusses Jobs for Troops|
|News Releases - Military & Veterans News|
|Written by Kira Ayish|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:59|
Roundtable discussion focuses on ways to get Guard members back to work
Johnston, IA - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) met with Iowa National Guard leaders and their partners at Camp Dodge to discuss employment initiatives for returning Iowa service members. Representatives from the Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve agency, Iowa Workforce Development, and Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs participated in the briefing.
“This is a critical moment to support our friends and neighbors in the Iowa National Guard, Reserves, and other military branches,” said Rep. Braley. “Thousands of Iowans have returned home after serving overseas this past year. Now we must support them and bring their experience and talent back into the Iowa workforce.”
“In the coming months, I will take additional steps to create job opportunities for returning service members and incentives for employers who hire service members. Let’s get to work, and make sure that these brave Iowans have access to job training, educational opportunities, and good-paying jobs.”
Congressman Braley has worked closely with the Iowa National Guard throughout his time in Congress. Last year, he secured long-overdue back pay for nearly 650 members of the Iowa National Guard and over 22,000 National Guard troops nationwide. Prior to that, Congressman Braley led an investigation that resulted in nearly 3,500 members of the Iowa National Guard receiving their GI Bill education benefits, after these benefits were initially denied by the Pentagon.
Congressman Braley currently serves on the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
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