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Reed, Manufacturing Caucus Look for Ways to Hire Vets

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Washington, DC, September 10, 2014 | comments
Tom Reed (right) at the Manufacturing Caucus briefing with panelists Ryan Gallucci, Deputy Director for National Veterans Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars and MaryEmily Slate, General Manager for Nucor Steel in Auburn.
REED, MANUFACTURING CAUCUS LOOK FOR WAYS TO HIRE VETS

Tom Reed brought together local manufacturers, veterans organizations and job training specialists to look for ways to put the nation’s veterans back to work. Reed’s bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus met with expert panelists this week to identify best practices of manufacturers committed to hiring veterans and how those instances can be replicated across the country.

“We heard some really constructive input from panelists today on best practices and what resources are available to help match up veterans with manufacturers,” Reed said. “Our veterans have a unique set of advanced skills that manufacturers are looking for and we heard a lot from the panel about pooling resources to translate those skills into civilian manufacturing jobs. I’m constantly reminded of the need to stand with our military men and women both when they are deployed and when they come back home. It’s about caring for those who sacrificed so much in serving our country and helping those heroes into meaningful jobs.”

The “Putting Our Veterans to Work in Manufacturing” panel was hosted in Washington Wednesday by Manufacturing Caucus Co-Chairs Tom Reed and Tim Ryan (D-OH). From partnerships with nearby military bases to assistance writing resumes and interview skills, panelists covered their most successful “best practices” to help educate Members.

Panelists included the Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel in Auburn who highlighted the company’s work with transition counselors to place veterans in positions; the VFW’s Deputy Director for National Veterans Service who covered provisions in the GI Bill to help get veterans the certifications they need for certain jobs and the Executive Director of United Methodist Community Center, an organization that operates the Veterans Ready Workforce Program.

Reed pointed to RAMI, his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, as a vehicle to add U.S. manufacturing jobs for Americans, including veterans. “RAMI is a great way to give veterans the opportunity to ‘make it here and sell it there’ while tackling the unemployment rate among our nation’s heroes. We owe it to our veterans to seek out any and every way to help veterans into jobs.”

With over 100 bipartisan Members, the House Manufacturing Caucus covers a wide range of issues facing districts all across the country. The caucus has hosted panels on workforce development, national defense and Reed’s Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act with district representatives from Dresser-Rand, Lockheed Martin, Finger Lakes Community College, G.W. Lisk, Nucor and more.

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