New Congressional Caucus to Help Train Veterans For Capitol Hill Staff Positions
On April 8, 2014, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) attended a press conference where the formation of a new congressional caucus—the Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus—was announced. The goal of the caucus is to draw more veterans into serving as staff members in congressional offices on Capitol Hill. The initiative was announced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Michaud (D-ME).
More than twenty thousand staff and support personnel currently work in Congress. Of that total, less than 3 percent are veterans. Although it would require passage of legislation with additional funding to officially employ veterans in new positions, the Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus can create training positions and pay a living stipend.
Upon finishing the training period of 12 months the veteran will receive a certificate from Congress acknowledging their accomplishment. This would qualify the veteran for many of the paid staff positions that become available on the Hill each year. These intern positions will also have contacts with other agencies in the federal government that would allow veterans to pursue employment in those agencies upon completion of the training. The Caucus hopes to accept its first participants this summer.
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