USA Cares provides veterans with financial assistance
Bill Nelson explains USA Cares' role in helping veterans
- Duration 7:45
- Date Mar 28, 2012
Bill Nelson explains USA Cares' role in helping veterans
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But we want to now meet Bill Nelson and we've got before the executive director of USA cares.
And by the way everybody have a -- about this right now at USA cares you guys know I grew up military born on an army -- My dad was an aviator so all things military just touched my heart Seville it's good to have you here this morning thank you parents -- have been an hour.
I USA cares is a leading nonprofit dedicated to assisting post 9/11 military veterans and their families and the big issue right now.
It's jobs right.
-- and -- we.
We probably give away in -- about 1000 dollars every week to military families.
For the last several years half of that amounts gone too.
And the main reason for the housing France's unemployment.
So you know the houses the -- -- the living room financially for most people military folks in particular.
So it clearly we we needed to attack the jobs issue so it music cares we have a -- for this program.
And -- others doing exactly that.
-- a teammate over on the USS intrepid this morning we're doing the US chamber of commerce.
Job fair us.
Biden and the mayor over there this morning and lots of good folks know lots of things try to attack this veterans on form.
Let's talk about it let's put some numbers up on the screen comparing unemployment rate.
Mid eighteen to 24 for veterans it's 30% for civilians and seventeen point six.
Wow that's a big differential what's driving.
Well a couple of things one that's that's if you other numbers that you've -- show that overall federal employment to about eight point 38 point 4%.
You can if you scale that down look at the BLS numbers to that younger veteran age group the eighteen to 26.
Then that's that number is very high.
The good news the story is that the new post island GI bills out there to help a lot of these kids get -- an education scenario.
Just like my dad lived in or -- But college isn't for everybody for a lot of these young guys and gals -- skills.
You know you may be -- go overseas and by the -- wearing.
But the repair bridges in America you need American workers right and -- and certainly made.
A great case for being those skilled people we need.
-- what I'm talking about some of these pictures that we're seeing right now from USA cares.
We'll see the picture we're -- that is is bunch of folks that are in the class that we're working with the associated builders and contractors.
Great group of folks that -- represents 43000 companies in America.
The Illinois chapter.
Is running Apollo program for us where.
We're getting it's -- skills based type training so we're getting.
We're getting local companies through that chapter of the pre hire veterans and they don't train and then hope to get a job.
They train and are working in that company.
Right there during the go ensure saying well we're trying to turn the paradigm or.
A lot of the veterans are stuck an eight hour a day job.
But they can't afford to lose it to go to the 25 dollar hour job without going to school.
-- -- -- just to step in there.
Our veterans have some very specific training it's it's awesome any way right I mean I I did challenge our workforce and our employers that are CEOs.
And Amy finds some specificity in what they needed matching up with what our guys and women already know because they -- Right where we have a lot of lot of folks military have been trained electronics absolute evidence.
One of the big issues is provincial and you taking -- military experience.
And getting some final credentialing so they can move from the military.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's 72000 year good no way I think a little over a junior enlisted person transition into.
Something that we will need for a long time -- right.
If you're probably not can outsource that he can't really well what in the in the in the boom years the construction industry ran about 250000.
Of needed skilled workers.
I'll wouldn't be so now a lot of grade out like me so we need a new generation this generation veterans can be those heeled folks.
That we need.
I never remember and trade out you stop you work -- honestly believe that come out well.
It I don't know the answer to this question maybe you do you offer live chat can you read this says.
Bill -- those men and women that got out of service after three or four years collect unemployment insurance.
Yes people do collect unemployment.
It doesn't last forever doesn't last forever and certainly not a lot of if you don't have skills you need to get into a situation where you do GI -- a wonderful opportunity for college.
Juggles modified last year to now cover on the job training and -- -- programs.
-- having some problems with that because my my current pilot program.
Which combines schoolhouse.
Plus on the job training nobody thought that somebody would come up with a hybrid that actually got him through faster.
So we're we still have some regulatory issues to get the benefits.
You have paid for the training.
Simply because we're out there trying to come up with a unique and and and innovative ways to get these veterans in -- these provincial jobs.
You know our statistic and I apologize because this is how they came in from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is about men but -- this is a problem for women to push.
Sure yeah I mean of course women make up I think only about 14% of the armed forces.
But when you look at in the last year of their unemployment rate for women veterans and -- jump from.
About 10% and -- cannot double that it's wanted to level and it's just now starting to go down.
Somewhat but it's certainly true.
It's also true for spouses a -- may be not the service member but.
Maybe the other income -- is that service member in the guard reservists on active all effective on -- -- -- yeah.
So I started -- your benefit program just for spouses.
The -- and to do that.
-- boy speaks volumes right there -- a lot of these guys have young children at home when they get home they have to be able retraining get out into the workforce.
Dirty dirty -- a -- -- problems for the veterans.
Not a lot of jobs available in -- that's also have military training skills that don't translate to the job market -- -- -- idiocy that I was making way for the plan was making is that.
The CEOs can come up with a whole lot of ways to utilize.
This feels that they do have veterans coming home this is existed for forty years the skilled workers have a much better chance again -- -- -- and Richard Barrett.
An army brat as well his dad served in World War II you in combat North Africa and Italy well thanks.
For the service of your father.
Care USA cares got to work -- web -- -- how do we participate as civilian.
Well the best way is that -- -- -- or you get volunteer.
And you can volunteer you can also talk to your employer about how many veterans are are in your company you know is there an active veterans hiring program going on.
Where you work.
Veterans make great employees that come with great benefits.
And that's an easy way to get involve either at the workplace or just well you know -- -- straight ahead.
Yeah for example if you want our veteran right now thanks to the hiring.
Develop our heroes act -- tax incentives that were recently -- on the law.
To our veterans that particular small businesses can use.
-- -- tourists are better.
Yet you you know I am curious that that's one of the areas where you see a whole lot of bipartisan support.
And that's the beautiful things and -- sort of our servicemen and women we need to be united just as they have been on the front lines for our freedom and liberty as well.
A bill Nelson's always glad to have you come like any time.
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