Congressman Don Young is a founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Veterans Fellowship Caucus, which seeks to increase the number of Veterans working on Capitol Hill by providing them with the resources and skills necessary to bridge the gap between military service and legislative work.
“As a veteran myself, I am always looking for opportunities to support our veterans,” said Congressman Young. “The Veteran Fellowship Caucus is a powerful resource for both Members of Congress and our veterans. Congress significantly benefits from the knowledge and expertise of these battle tested individuals, while our veterans learn the skills necessary to excel on Capitol Hill. I have personally benefited from hiring veterans and would encourage all my colleagues to do the same. My goal is to change the attitudes of Congress, which in recent years has forgotten about the commitment our nation made to our veterans.”
While working as fellows, participants often attend classes on the legislative process, assist in constituent relations and correspondence, and work with staff on specific issues including the budget and appropriations process. Fellows work closely with Member office staff on projects and to develop and advance legislation.
General experiences likely include:
- Drafting responses to constituent requests and drafting correspondence
- Attending and helping prepare for Congressional hearings
- Assisting with legislative research and drafting legislation
- Assisting in administrative tasks
As a co-chair of the Congressional Veterans Fellowship caucus, Congressman Young supports all efforts to increase the number of veterans serving on Capitol Hill, including:
The Caucus also supports all efforts to increase veteran employment on Capitol Hill. If there are any other organizations that offer these types of programs, please contact Congressman Young’s office so we can include them as well.