Critic of ‘Hire More Heroes’ Bill is Dead Wrong
by: Troops to Trades
January 22, 2015
The column by Peter A. Gudmundsson (The Hire More Heroes Act is misguided. There is no veterans’ unemployment crisis.) that appeared in the Jan. 17, 2015 edition of the Macomb Daily is itself misguided and ill informed. In this column, the author asserts that the proposed legislation that would allow employers to hire veterans without those hires counting towards the 50 employee threshold that requires companies to comply with Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) mandates is not a service to veterans. Nothing could be further from the truth. To support his assertions, the author claims there is no unemployment problem amongst Post 9/11 Veterans, and this change in law would not serve as an enticement for businesses to consider hiring veterans.
Multiple media outlets and entertainment offerings portray post 9/11 veterans as having Post Traumatic Stress issues or other factors that stigmatize this group when they seek employment. The fact that these portrayals are not factual is a harder message to convey when so few Americans can be counted as veterans any longer. With legislation like ‘Hiring More Heroes’, employers will be incentivized to take a chance on veterans, and when these prove to be successful hires, and rest assured, they will, this success will serve to dispel the stigmas assigned to this generation of American heroes, and further expand employment opportunities for these most deserving individuals.
The point of the Affordable Care Act was to expand access to health insurance. Considering that Post 9/11 veterans already have access to VA care or Tricare for varying periods after their service, what goal is served by requiring employers to count them toward the ACA mandate? In this case, health care is already being provided and the incentive produced by this legislation increases job opportunities for those that have served this country so nobly. I cannot think of recent legislation that produces anything approaching a win-win for employers, veterans and taxpayers as the ‘Hire More Heroes Act’ does. This is a great bill that should become law. Mr. Gudmundsson is just flat out wrong in his opposition to this legislation.