ANNAPOLIS, Md. (August 5, 2011) – Today, following President Barack Obama’s announcement of new policy proposals to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement:
“Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are facing an unemployment crisis, with a jobless rate of over 13%. After all they have sacrificed in service to our nation, it is unacceptable that so many veterans are struggling to support their families. In Maryland, Governor O’Malley and I are working to help veterans find employment, including creating a veterans preference in State hiring and launching the innovative Mil2FedJobs web portal to connect veterans to jobs with the Federal Government. But we must work together at every level to right this wrong. I applaud President Obama for bringing a renewed focus to addressing unemployment among young veterans and I encourage Congress to move quickly to implement these proposals and put our veterans back to work.”
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources.
Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act that expanded services to veterans in rural parts of the state, protect veterans business loans programs, and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Earlier this year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning servicemembers with careers in the Federal Government.