Veteran Labor

War veterans have long complained of the difficulties they encounter after returning to the U.S. when they finish serving.

Today, these complains continue and are being heard by the Department of Labor, who is currently trying to improve the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). This act was made in the Vietnam-era, and was designed to ensure that most of the returning soldiers be able to get jobs.

This same act, however, is the part of the problem, veterans say. While on paper it looks good, veterans say that these laws aren’t being enforced properly by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, a branch in the Department of Labor that, in the words of Rick Weidman, executive director for the Vietnam Veterans of America, “has long had the (justified) reputation of being a moribund agency within the Department of Labor who did little, if anything, to help anyone, much less veterans.”

The proposed changes by the Department of Labor can be found here. Some of the changes include requiring contracting companies to keep better data about veterans applying for jobs and hiring rates, increasing recruitment and ramping up outreach efforts to veterans.