NBC and MSNBC joined forces in a new mission focused on veteran unemployment and how companies are stepping up to “Hire our Heroes.” The event culminated in a jobs fair aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City, where 1500 veterans and military families attended to voice their concerns and learn about the career opportunities out there for veterans. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) spoke with MSNBC to discuss how Congress has taken notice of the high unemployment rate among veterans, and how his bill would make it easier for veterans to start their own small business and create jobs.
Rep. Griffin, who served in Iraq with the 101st airborne, explains that “not everyone gets a traditional education, and a lot of veterans that come back want to start their own franchise.” There are many resources and schooling that are associated with those programs, but not having the ability to use the GI bill to fund the franchise educations programs is preventing many from taking the next steps once returning home. The Franchise Education for Veterans Act (H.R. 3351), introduced by Rep. Tim Griffin, would allow veterans interested in purchasing a franchise business to use up to $15,000 in GI Bill funds to pay for franchise education and training programs.
“We need to be more expansive in terms of understanding what education for a veteran is, and allow for more vet-owned franchises,” says Rep. Griffin.
IFA, in partnership with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, have joined together in Operation Enduring Opportunity, a campaign to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2014. With veterans having a proven track record of success in franchising, and with more than 66,000 veteran-owned franchise establishments in the United States, providing jobs directly for 815,000 Americans, IFA encourages Congress to pass legislation to help our veterans invest in their future.
Posted by Jenna Weisbord, IFA Manager of Communications & Marketing