Last night the President signed an Executive Order creating an interagency Council on Veterans Employment to advise the President and Administration on how to set the bar for hiring and employing veterans. The Council will be chaired by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, with Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry serving as the Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer of the Council.
In statements prior to the signing, all involved gave their reasons for why the initiative is so important to them. The 'also about continuing to fill the ranks of federal employees with men and women who possess the skills, dedication, and sense of duty that Americans deserve from their public servants. And few embody those qualities like our nation's veterans."
Secretary Shinseki also looked forward to integrating the unparalleled leadership and technical skills our veterans hold when they join the workforce, and noted that in terms of working in government in particular, "veterans have shown unmatched dedication to public service." Director Berry echoed that sentiment, noting that "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." For her part, Secretary Solis saw the initiative as part of an enduring relationship between the federal government and vets: "Veterans are an important part of our nation's past, present and future. They deserve our full support as they reintegrate into the civilian workforce."