Federal hiring freeze could hurt job-seeking veterans
WASHINGTON – A hiring freeze imposed Monday on federal agencies by President Donald Trump could affect veterans seeking government jobs and others who rely on health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a researcher and union leader said Tuesday.
“The [Department of Defense] has the highest percentage of veterans, followed by the [Department of Veterans Affairs], but they’re widely dispersed throughout the government, not just in the defense industry,” said Katherine Kidder, a fellow at New American Securities, a Washington, D.C. think tank. “[The freeze] does have the potential to disproportionately affect them.”
Trump signed a presidential memorandum Monday – his first full work day in the White House – mandating federal agencies not fill open positions. The hiring freeze does not apply to military personnel, and the memo states there could be exemptions for jobs necessary for national security or public safety.
But some members of the veterans community contend the job freeze could hurt veterans, many of whom seek employment with the federal government and whose VA health care could be affected if jobs at the agency remain unfilled.
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