Making Jobs for Vets a Reality, Tax Breaks for Employers
by Craig Dellimore, WBBM
CHICAGO — Congressman Peter Roskam is spearheading an effort to make it easier for employers to get tax credits when they hire Iraq war veterans.
Union officials with the Illinois Teamsters so-called “Helmets to Hardhats” program says unemployment is unacceptably high among veterans, so it makes no sense that the requirements for one program to help veterans get jobs are unusually high as well.
Congressman Peter Roskam agrees, saying he’ll work to ease rules for awarding tax credits to employers who seek out and hire vets.
A vet must be on food stamps or enrolled in a federal program for needy families for half a year before a business can take the tax credit.
One union official says that’s more than is asked of companies that hire ex-felons. Mike Yeager, President of Teamsters Local 786 and a Vietnam vet, says veterans are great hires, with strong training and teamwork, and they deserve to find jobs…
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