U.S. rep urges support for extension of Veterans Hiring Tax Credit during visit
By DANN HAYES
U.S. Representative Bruce Braley, D-IA, was in Grinnell on Thursday, April 17, urging area businesses to hire a veteran.
At the Grinnell Hy-Vee store, Braley joined with John Goerdt, store director, advocating for area business to support returning veterans.
“Hy-Vee has been a great leader in hiring veterans,” Braley said.
But that could be an issue, he implied, since the Veterans Hiring Tax Credit, or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, has expired.
The tax credit, an economic incentive to hire veterans that companies could previously access is now gone.
“Nearly 8 percent of post 9/11 veterans are unemployed right now,” Braley said. “The tax credit is an incentive that employers have to hire veterans.”
Braley was at the Grinnell Hy-Vee because the grocery store chain has been a strong advocate in hiring veterans.
Hy-Vee will have a strong presence at an April 24 Veterans Career Fair to take place from Noon to 4 p.m. at Camp Dodge in Freedom Hall, Johnston, Goerdt said.
Prior to the career fair on Thursday starting at 9 a.m., there will be informational workshops for both employers and job seekers.
“Hy-Vee will have a huge part in the job fair,” Goerdt said, adding that corporate officers will be there to talk with participants.
The Career Fair is sponsored by the Iowa Business Council and Home Base Iowa along with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, who are partnering to create career opportunities for active duty military, members of the national guard and reserves, military spouses and veterans of all ranks and levels of experience.
According to Braley, bipartisan support is growing in the U.S. House to extend the tax credit.
“The time table is now,” he said.
Veterans can be a great asset to a business, he said.
“Veterans work as a team, are very good at problem solving and are very dependable,” Braley said. “They are team players.”