The IAM is urging all union members who are military veterans to take advantage of the resources provided by the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council (UVC), an organization founded in 2008 and dedicated to providing information about legislation, programs and benefits of value and interest to veterans and their families.
Veterans, family members and even non-veterans who believe our veterans deserve the best, are encouraged to click here to begin receiving email alerts about important issues and events and when their voice is needed to make a difference.
Among the issues that are part of the 2011 UVC Legislative Agenda are health care for veterans and the high unemployment rate for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, which includes National Guard and Reserve troops who found their jobs gone when they returned from active duty.
“There are approximately 185,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are currently unemployed and thousands more who are unemployed due to the ongoing recession and the loss of valuable manufacturing jobs,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart, who serves on the UVC Executive Council. “We owe them our best efforts and the Union Veterans Council is one way to make sure their concerns get the attention they need and deserve.”