Rep. Thompson to hire ‘wounded warrior’

2013-02-22T08:49:00Z 2013-02-22T21:15:22Z Rep. Thompson to hire ‘wounded warrior’Register staff Napa Valley Register
February 22, 2013 8:49 am  • 

Rep. Mike Thompson , D-St. Helena, announced Friday that he is looking to hire a caseworker for his Vallejo office who meets the qualifications of the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Program.

Applicants must have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, have a 30 percent or greater service-connected disability rating and less than 20 years of service, according to the program.

A caseworker would be responsible for facilitating and coordinating responses to a wide range of requests from constituents.

“As a combat Vietnam veteran, it is my high honor to have the opportunity to add one of our nation’s brave servicemembers to my dedicated staff,” said Thompson. “This is an excellent opportunity for the men and women who served our nation in the Armed Forces to continue their public service.”   

The Wounded Warrior Program was established to create fellowships that provide employment opportunities within the House of Representatives. The fellowships will provide veterans with experience and exposure to ultimately broaden their scope of transition opportunities, Thompson’s office said.

The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants can go to cao.house.gov to learn more about the program. Applications can be submitted to housewoundedwarriors@mail.house.gov.

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  1. Bear_the_dog
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    Bear_the_dog - February 22, 2013 11:08 am
    I am all for wounded warriors to have good jobs. If I were to have a job available and if I knew one of the applicants were a wounded warrior and they could handle the job, they would be placed highest on the list. My problem with this, at least with the way it is being stated, is that Representative Thompson is looking for a token; someone that makes him look good for "reaching out;" the same issue with "affirmative action." The actions *look* noble, but reek of hollowness.
  2. RichieT
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    RichieT - February 22, 2013 11:23 am
    Or...Rep. Thompson is a Vietnam Vet and actually concerned with Veterans' issues. I wasn't previously familiar with the Wounded Warrior program, so he is not only looking to employ a vet who at "30 percent or greater service-connected disability rating" and might be having a hard time finding a job, but he's also bringing publicity to the the program. Maybe others who do have jobs available will now look into this program, as well, so that we may find more of these heroes good employment. I'm not sure why you want to get bi-partisan about this, but, obviously, you don't like this Rep., so I'm not sure if he could really do anything right in your opinion.
  3. UncleStuy
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    UncleStuy - February 22, 2013 12:36 pm
    I have some heart burn with these pre employment requirements. Why the limit of "less than 20 years of service" . Retired military with service connected disability is still good standing to work for the Veteran Affairs but not good enough for the "Wounded Warrior Program" ? A seasoned veteran who has undergone the endurance of completing a 2 or more year claim is better for someone who has service 20 years of honorable service ?. I echo the same thought that those who have written. Is this for the PR effort? The token military member to make oneself look better.
  4. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - February 22, 2013 6:38 pm
    Nothing but a dog and pony show.

    This comment didn't get approved before, but would it now if I included that I am a (60%) disabled Iraq war veteran?
  5. WYN007
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    WYN007 - February 23, 2013 9:11 am
    The Americans SEASON 1 Ep 4. "In Control" Now try to remember Peace & Safety we have all the GPS / towers Satellites, cell phones, cameras on every block, stop the violence and assaults, use what we have and do it so we can be Safe.
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