Politics

New program would boost veterans in Hill jobs

The US Capitol is seen on September 28, 2013 in Washington. Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff.
The US Capitol is seen on September 28, 2013 in Washington. Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff.
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Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff.

The survey says veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded. The survey was conducted by HillVets, an organization of veterans serving in government.

To boost those numbers, lawmakers announce a new fellowship program. Under the program, veterans will be assigned to a lawmaker's office, where they will learn about the legislative process and how to assist constituents. The fellows will earn a certificate upon completing the program, which lawmakers say could give them an advantage in finding permanent work.