To the editor:
When I returned from Vietnam more than 40 years ago, I returned to a nation that ignored – or outright disparaged – my service. That was tough to take, but I was able to get my life back on track because I immediately found a good job on which I could build my future.
It’s different for today’s returning service personnel. Their sacrifices are applauded, generally. But they too often are returning to ongoing unemployment or painful underemployment. These men and women want to work to provide for themselves and their families. They want to stay off welfare, but what can they do when the job market is in an abysmal state?
State Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, has one answer. She was the chief author of bipartisan legislation in the Minnesota House that will make it possible for employers who hire unemployed veterans to receive a tax credit. This is a win-win-win: the veteran gets a job, the employer gets a proven performer, and Minnesota keeps one more person off taxpayer-funded welfare. We need more clear-thinking, solutions-oriented legislators like Anna Wills.