Veterans Education Caucus Hosts Panel Exploring Models for Hiring, Training Veterans at Today’s Fortune 500 Companies

October 17, 2019
Press Release



Washington, D.C. –  Bipartisan Congressional Veterans Education Caucus co-founders U.S. Reps. Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) and Denver Riggleman (R-Va.-05) hosted a briefing and panel on veterans hiring and training business programs. The panel included veterans and workforce development professionals from major businesses that operate successful veterans hiring and training programs, including MGM Resorts International, The Home Depot Inc., Walmart Inc., and Capital One Financial Corporation. Leo Shane III, reporter with Military Times, moderated the panel.  

“Congressman Riggleman and I founded the Veterans Education Caucus to not just help our veterans attend school and graduate, but to help them find jobs and that will lead to secure incomes and fulfilling careers,” said Rep. Lee. “Hiring programs like the ones highlighted today are vital for opening up opportunities for our veterans in and out of school. Today we were able to hear directly from veterans and workforce development experts about the kind of hiring and workforce training tools our veterans need to succeed, which is incredibly helpful as our caucus uses these briefings to create policy, and shows that Congress and American businesses can work together to help our student veterans succeed.” 

"I would like to thank the panel for their participation in a valuable and productive discussion on veterans hiring programs,” said Rep. Riggleman. “As an Air Force veteran, I know the challenges faced by the brave men and women of our armed services as they transition to civilian life. The veterans education caucus will continue to be a resource for both veterans and businesses looking to help with this transition. Our veterans need our continued support and I will continue to support them in Congress." 

“MGM Resorts International is committed to honoring our country’s veterans through high quality career opportunities,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International. “We believe that veterans embody the values of MGM Resorts– teamwork, integrity, excellence, and inclusion – and are actively inviting them to join our organization. As a company, we recognize that there is no better way to tell our veterans ‘thank you’ than to offer them viable employment and pathways to careers. It’s as much in our company’s interest, as it is for our service men and women.” 

“Because 35,000 of our associates are veterans, taking care of servicemembers is personal to us,” said Erin Izen, Director of Workforce Development and Military Relations, The Home Depot Inc. “The Home Depot Foundation works hard to improve the lives of veterans and their families who are facing housing challenges, aggravated by issues including unemployment, age and service-connected disabilities. We give back because they gave everything to us.” 

"At Capital One, we recognize the tremendous value that veterans and student veterans bring to the workplace, through the unique skills and experiences gained during their service careers,” said Ben Lamm, COO of Card Partnerships, Capital One. “We are committed to hiring and helping to prepare transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses for new jobs. Capital One applauds Representatives Lee and Riggleman for their leadership in advancing policies that improve the lives of student veterans."  

BACKGROUND: The Veterans Education Caucus was formed to highlight the experiences of America’s student veterans, and create a space for members to collaborate in a bipartisan fashion on  policies and solutions to improve the lives of student veterans and enhance their educational and economic opportunities.  

The long-term objectives of the Caucus is to promote veterans’ educational and economic opportunity including but not limited to:  

  • Enhancing and increasing access to alternative educational opportunities, including career and technical education, trade certifications, apprenticeships, and other high-quality workforce development programs
  • Protecting and expanding GI Bill benefits through technical corrections of the Higher Education Act  
  • Hosting briefings and roundtable discussions with subject matter experts, disseminating information, and providing resources to Members to learn about the education-related challenges facing America’s veterans.