On Wednesday the Department of Justice held its Veteran’s Appreciation Ceremony to honor and pay tribute to Department Veterans and to observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted the event in the Great Hall with Director Robert S. Mueller III of the FBI, a Vietnam Veteran, as the keynote speaker.
The ceremony honored the extraordinary group of 19,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines who contribute to the Department’s missions as agents, attorneys, investigators, and support staff in offices all around the world. Attorney General Holder reflected on the legacy of service of the Veterans who chose to bring their skills and talent to the Department of Justice:
“Many of you have helped to lead the Department’s activities to protect the employment rights, voting rights, and financial security of veterans across the country. And today, on behalf of President Obama and my colleagues across the Administration, I’d like to thank you, once again, for your service. I also want to reaffirm the Department’s commitment to standing with you – not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year – as we take this work to the next level.”
As a direct result of the Presidents Executive Order on the Employment of Veterans, The Justice Department’s Veterans Employment Office was established in March of 2010. Its mission is to recruit Veterans into the Department of Justice workforce as well as support training and retention of these Veterans. The office does this by participating in job fairs, transition workshops, seminars, and other Veteran specific events, as well as partnering with military transition and career centers, military installations, and through community outreach.
The Veterans Employment Office also works with the Office of Management Programs to incorporate veteran specific training and information for Justice Department human resources and hiring managers to attract and advance dedicated employees who have served their country.
Veterans looking for information about continuing their service with a job in the federal government should visit fedshirevets.gov