Congressman Miller's office is seeking "Wounded Warriors" from the local community to apply for the positions, as shown in the memorandum below. Please forward this message to all the members on your contact sheet, as the word needs to get out that this program exists. They are seeking veteran's that served less than 20 years & have a minimum of a 30% disability rating. The vet would have had to serve on active duty on and after September 11,
Mark D. Brooks
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Wounded Warrior Program was established to create fellowships that will provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans within the U.S. House of Representatives.
Positions may become available in Member, Committee and Leadership offices in Washington, D.C. and in district offices nationwide. Those selected for the program will be given the opportunity to rotate into various positions and, if a fit is found, transition into full-time employment.
The positions will be filled by veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, had less than 20 years of service and have a minimum 30 percent service-connected disability rating from either a military Physical Evaluation Board or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The 30 percent threshold was established to target those injured veterans who are more likely to need this type of employment opportunity. If a fellowship is located within a Member's district, the appointment is contingent on the Representative's continuous representation of that district.
Wounded Warrior Fellows are hired to fill specific vacancies in the offices of participating Members. Their salaries are paid for by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and the fellows do not count against the personnel ceilings of the participating Member offices. Although full time employment is not guaranteed at the conclusion of the two year fellowship, Members or Officers assigned a fellow are reminded the purpose of the program is to facilitate long-term employment with the House of Representatives. Consideration should be given to reaching that goal sometime before the expiration of the two year fellowship.
The performance and progress of each fellow will be tracked closely by the Director of the Wounded Warrior Program. Workspace modifications will be accommodated, when possible, to provide maximum opportunities to those veterans who meet the job qualifications and have the desired skill sets to fill a position, notwithstanding their physical limitations. All wounded warriors hired to the fellowship program will appear on the rolls of the CAO and will be entitled to the same benefits as other House employees.
All interested applicants can see vacancies and application instructions on the CAO webpage: www.cao.house.gov.
Mark D. Brooks
Veterans Claims Examiner Supervisor
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
Division of Benefits and Assistance
Pensacola VA Medical Center