Washington, D.C. ­– Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) announced that she will serve as co-chair of the Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force, which the House Democratic Caucus has established to develop a jobs and economic agenda to ensure America’s veterans succeed in the job market after their service to our nation. This initiative is part of the Caucus’s Jobs for America Task Forces, a unified effort to craft a legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. The Caucus selected Congresswoman Brownley to co-chair the task force based on her ongoing leadership on veterans’ issues.

“I am proud to lead this task force that will make good on our nation’s promise to our men and women in uniform that the skills they learn while serving will position them for good-paying jobs when they return to civilian life,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “Whether it is highlighting the critical skills that our servicemembers develop during their time in the military or encouraging states to make it easier for veterans to apply their military training toward professional licenses, we must provide wraparound support and services that help veterans get jobs after their service. We also must focus on the military families who serve alongside their family member in uniform and can sometimes have their own careers uprooted, but who don’t always get the attention they deserve.”

The Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force will build on the strengths of our military and the skills of our returning veterans to grow our economy and create new jobs. The focus will include ensuring the talents our veterans developed while serving can transition into the civilian job market and be harnessed for success.

The Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers in five key areas: Rebuilding America, Jobs With Dignity, Access to Jobs, New Economy, and Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes. In the coming months, co-chairs of each task force will meet with business and labor leaders, issue experts, and American workers to develop policy goals and solutions that will benefit all Americans. The effort was launched by the House Democratic Caucus.

“Our returning heroes deserve our respect and admiration, as well as the opportunity to transition back into their communities knowing they have access to secure, well-paying, and stable jobs that value their military experience,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY). “Congresswoman Brownley is committed to helping our nation’s veterans and I’m grateful for her leadership on this critical task force.”

For more information on the House Democratic Caucus’s Jobs for America Task Forces, please visit: www.dems.gov/jobsforamerica

Watch the Congresswoman’s remarks at the announcement press conference here.

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