Spotlight on Veterans
In June 2009, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth joined Rep. Welch
in Rutland to announce the start
of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Passed in June 2008, the new GI Bill
allows eligible veterans who served at least 90 days active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, to receive an in-state, undergraduate education at a public institution at no cost.
"Vermonters have a long and proud tradition of military service, and our state has a history of contributing far in excess of its size to the defense of our nation. When a war is over and our brave veterans return home, it is our most solemn obligation to keep our promise and ensure they have the services and resources they require to succeed. I have long believed that the cost of the war must include the cost of caring for the warrior. That is why I have promoted policies that support veterans by modernizing and streamlining health care systems within the Veterans Administration, improving and expanding educational and workforce training programs for veterans, and supporting veteran-owned businesses."
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Rep. Welch's Recent Work for Veterans
Vermont Veterans Outreach Program Wins Funding
May 13, 2013
A Vermont National Guard outreach effort will receive $1.8 million this year for the pioneering program that informs veterans and their families about benefits they have earned, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today.
The award is Vermont’s share of $20 million for eight states that have adopted the Vermont outreach program model and a new effort to expand the program to National Guard and Reserve units nation...
Associated Press: 'Center in Randolph to help veterans create jobs'
February 5, 2013
Vermont veterans seeking to create or expand small businesses now have access to office support services thanks to a business incubator set aside just for them in Randolph, officials said Monday.
The Vermont Tech Enterprise Center Business Incubator just off Interstate 89 provides the office space and equipment veterans need to do office work or have business meetings.
The space is free to...
Welch Grant Supports New Veterans' Business Development Center
February 4, 2013
A federal grant secured by Rep. Peter Welch is providing equipment for a new center at Vermont Technical College (VTC) that will provide office space and support for Vermont veterans hoping to develop or expand their own businesses.
Welch was on hand Monday in Randolph to launch the Office of Veterans’ Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the Vermont Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and VTC that will provide...
Rutland Herald: 'Vietnam veteran awarded new medals'
January 8, 2013
Charles Bailey is a man of few words. When Rep. Peter Welch placed in Bailey's hands the medals the Fair Haven veteran earned during the Vietnam War, Bailey said little — not because there was nothing to say. He was speechless.
"All I want to say is that I'm proud to be an American," the 70-year-old Bailey said, then thanking his family who was in attendance at a ceremony at South Station in Rutland on Monday.
Photo Album: 'Rep. Welch attends Vietnam Veterans Memorial 30th Anniversary'
August 4, 2012