Mon, Apr 09, 2007
"A Hero to the Nation, A Hero to the Skies" To Be Unveiled
The FAA's new program,
"A Hero to the Nation, A Hero to the Skies," will enable disabled
veterans to train for positions as ATC and transportation
specialists, reported the Marine Corps Times.
The number of positions available and details on how disabled
vets can apply for training will be revealed at an April 10 news
conference hosted by Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Senate Veterans'
Affairs (VA) Committee chairman.
The program announcement will be made by FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey and senior Department of Veterans Affairs and
The idea, according to FAA spokesman Hank Price, is to use an
existing VA vocational rehabilitation program to train disabled
veterans for specific federal jobs. A component of the FAA's 2007
resource management plan focuses on veterans and veterans' service
organizations aiding in filling critical jobs.
An existing FAA program, which targets former military air
traffic controllers, waives the entry age limit of 31, allowing
military ATC retirees to be hired for 10-year appointments. Under
that program, participants start with an entry salary of more than
$50,000 and can work until age 56.
VA and FAA cooperation securing jobs for disabled veterans
illustrates how government can assist former service members
without the need to develop new federal programs, reported the
Maine Corps Times, "something the Bush administration has been
trying to emphasize as it attempts to quiet efforts in Congress to
greatly increase the VA's budget."
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