Resolution seeks support for veterans
At then beginning of next year, 600 heroes will return home from Operation Enduring Freedom. At the beginning of next year, 293 heroes will return and they will be unemployed.
Today, Senator Aline A.Yamashita, PhD, introduced Resolution No. 261-32 (COR) to begin dialogue to help our citizen soldiers, airmen and all service members who have recently been honorably discharged or returned from deployment receive some form of unemployment compensation as they search for work and try to get back on their feet.
The measure seeks to have the US Department of Labor consider Guam as a State in order to become a part of the federally-funded Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers program, or UCX.
“As the island community strengthens its efforts to identify the actual number of veterans who have returned to our island, this resolution is a step to provide similar opportunities to veterans who return to other home communities” says Sen. Yamashita. “In other jurisdictions, to include states and Puerto Rico, Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers is provided to help veterans and families re-integrate into their communities. This resolution is asking that our veterans be treated the same as other veterans.”
Currently, UCX is available in all 50 US States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
A copy of the resolution is attached for your reference.