Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Boost Veteran Hiring

Feb 13, 2017
Press Release
Legislation would help support businesses that actively employ veterans

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded tonight’s passage of the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act. The bill, cosponsored by Kuster, would encourage the hiring of veterans and support businesses that employ them. The legislation will allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to give priority to businesses that employ veterans when awarding Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts.

“It makes sense that contracts awarded by the VA should go to businesses that employ veterans,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The men and women who have served our nation in uniform have the skills and experience sought by employers, and encouraging the hiring of veterans not only benefits veterans but also small businesses and our economy. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act on this commonsense legislation swiftly.” 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the unemployment rate among veterans who have served since 9/11 is 6.3%. The BRAVE Act would provide employers who are vying for VA contracts with an incentive to hire more veterans.

The daughter of a World War II veteran, Kuster has served on the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee since taking office in 2013. As Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, she has pushed for increased transparency at the VA and has long fought to ensure New Hampshire veterans receive the benefits and access to services they deserve. Kuster has also held a series of roundtables throughout the state with veteran service organizations and local veterans to hear directly from them about how Congress can best serve their needs.