Jobs for Minnesota veterans

To the editor:

In January 2014, while the Minnesota unemployment rate for the general population was 4.7 percent, the rate for veterans aged 18-24 was 9.2 percent.

Recognizing early the urgent need to provide jobs for our soldiers who have bravely served their country, state Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, in 2013 authored a bipartisan bill that would have provided tax relief to employers who hire veterans. This measure died in the DFL-controlled Minnesota House/Senate conference committee.

As a retired veteran, I strongly support Wills and her deep concern for veterans and would like to see this bill enacted into law. Defending your country should not become an obstacle to feeding your family.

Carl Rock
Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve, retired