Sen. Jim DeMint, Veterans, and Preference

“We believe that those who stood first in line to defend their country should also be first in line to reap the benefits of freedom: a fair chance for a good education, a good job and a good life.” ~ New Jersey Department of Labor

The day before Veterans Day 2011 Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) cast the lone vote against an amendment to grant employers tax breaks worth up to $9,600 for giving a veteran a job:

“I know what I’m about to discuss won’t be very popular. I’ll probably be accused of not supporting veterans by the politicians pandering for their votes,” DeMint said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But I’m not going to be intimidated to vote for something that may make sense politically but is inherently unfair.”

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

DeMint, because he’s both a coward and a fool, doesn’t realize that veterans, because they have selflessly heeded our nation’s call to duty and to public service, have been granted preference since the time of the Civil War:

“DeMint is the product of a tragic divorce and a hellish religious education. Though a right-wing hawk, he carefully avoided the Vietnam War and military service and, after college and its many deferments, went to work doing marketing research, starting his own firm and always known to be in pursuit of financial advancement. He ran for Congress on a platform extolling greed, selfishness, bigotry and elitism.”

Source: http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/eric-masse-calls-out-demint-debatover-h

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

District: Junior Senator from South Carolina

Residence: Greenville

Born: September 2, 1951; Greenville, S.C.

Religion: Presbyterian

Family: Wife, Debbie DeMint; four children

Education: U. of Tennessee, B.S. 1973 (communications); Clemson U., M.B.A. 1981

Military Service: None

Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1999-2005; U.S. Senate, 2005-present

Elected: Elected: 2004 (2nd term)

Source: http://www.rollcall.com/members/439.html

Jim DeMint on Veterans:

“For more than two centuries, our men and women in uniform have served this country with great valor and distinction, writing the history of the 20th century with bold strokes of courage. They gave their all to uphold freedom and defend liberty. They are heroes.

Our nation’s veterans honored us with their service when we needed them most, and we must continue to honor them now when they need us most. As President Calvin Coolidge once said, ‘The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.’

As the representative for so many veterans, it is my privilege and honor to recognize and pay tribute to all who answered the call to protect this great nation. I continue to be an ardent supporter of key veteran issues such as concurrent receipts and enhancement of survivor benefits.

Veterans have set before us a shining example of selfless patriotism and tremendous sacrifice. We, as a district, state and nation, owe so much to them. Therefore, I will continue to pledge my support and ensure that we take care of our veterans.”

Source: http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Veterans

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) distinguished himself Thursday as the only senator to oppose a measure aimed at hiring veterans, calling it a “trick” by the Obama administration and Democrats.

He knew his decision wouldn’t be popular, but still cast the lone vote against an amendment to grant employers tax breaks worth up to $9,600 for giving a veteran a job.

“I know what I’m about to discuss won’t be very popular. I’ll probably be accused of not supporting veterans by the politicians pandering for their votes,” DeMint said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But I’m not going to be intimidated to vote for something that may make sense politically but is inherently unfair.”

In fact, it did not take long for Democrats to point out DeMint’s vote to reporters, in case they missed it.

DeMint argued that passing such a tax break was simply catering to an interest group and predicted little hiring would come from the measure. “Despite the overwhelming evidence that these tax credits do not stimulate hiring for targeted groups, the Obama administration continues to push Congress to pass another tax credit, this time exclusively for veterans,” he said. “By using a politically sensitive group the day before Veterans Day, the Democrats are hoping they can trick Republicans into further complicating the tax code.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/jim-demint-veterans-hiring-bill-democratic-trick_n_1086889.html?ref=mostpopular

Why Preference is Given to Veterans

Since the time of the Civil War, veterans of the Armed Forces have been given some degree of preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Recognizing their sacrifice, Congress enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service. Veterans’ preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment, and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans.

Veterans’ preference in its present form comes from the Veterans’ Preference Act of 1944, as amended, and is now codified in various provisions of title 5, United States Code. By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and also in retention during reductions in force.

In addition to receiving preference in competitive appointments, veterans may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments for which only they are eligible

Source: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#2Why

Services for Veterans of the US Armed Forces:

“We believe that those who stood first in line to defend their country should also be first in line to reap the benefits of freedom: a fair chance for a good education, a good job and a good life.

Veterans receive first priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified. In the One-Stop Career Center, there is a Veterans Representative who specializes in helping veterans find the jobs and opportunities for which they qualify. In addition to priority referrals to jobs, vets can enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a resume, learn about career training programs and get help understanding the network of veterans’ benefits available through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments.”

Source: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wnjpin/findjob/veterans/Veterans.html

Veterans Receive Naturalization Preference:

See: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap15.asp

Veteran’s Guaranteed Home Loan:

See: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/factsheet.asp

Veteran’s Health Care:

See: http://www.va.gov/health/default.asp

Additional Federal Benefits for Veterans:

See: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap15.asp

A. J. MacDonald, Jr. - US Army (1/14 Infantry 25th ID)

A. J. MacDonald, Jr. – US Army 1/14 Infantry 25th Infantry Division

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