Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Cosponsor the Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act (H.R. 444)
Supported by: American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
116th cosponsors: Beatty, Boyle, Cardenas, Case, Castor, Cohen, Cooper, Correa, DeFazio, DelBene, Demings, Evans, Gabbard, Gallego, Grijalva, Hastings, Hayes, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Kilmer, Kim, Kind, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Lofgren,
Luria, Moulton, Napolitano, Neguse, Norcross, Norton, Omar, Pappas, Perlmutter, Peters, Pingree, Rose, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Ryan, Sires, Spanberger, Stefanik, Van Drew, Vela, Wilson
I write to request your support for the Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act, to help more veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps prepare for, find, and keep meaningful jobs.
The VA currently runs the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program to help veterans obtain and keep meaningful employment and achieve maximum independence through job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking
skills coaching. In FY2016, approximately 29,340 veterans developed a new plan of service with VR&E and 11,531 veterans secured and maintained suitable employment or completed an independent living program.
Eligibility for VR&E however, expires 12 years after separating from military service. Not all disabled veterans are aware of their possible eligibility when separating from their service. And some may not need VR&E until later in their career. According
to the DAV Resolution No. 250: “not all disabled veterans are under the impression that they need vocational rehabilitation until later, after the current 12-year rule excludes them from the benefit that they need and would otherwise have been entitled to.”
Currently 60% of unemployed veterans (more than 270,000 former servicemembers) are over the age of 45. Older veterans have outstanding experience and technical skills, and we need to do more to help these veterans succeed in the labor market. This unfair cap
harms the ability of older veterans to access employment services.
We need to address veteran unemployment for veterans of all ages and ensure America’s heroes have the support they need in the 21st Century economy. The Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act would lift this arbitrary limit and ensure veterans
get the support they have earned and deserve. If you would like to co-sponsor the bill, or would like additional information, please email
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