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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

U.S. Attorney And South Alabama Veterans Council Announce Town Hall Outreach On Veterans' Employment Rights

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that two Town Hall meetings will be held on June 6, 2015, to educate Military Veterans on their post-service employment rights.  One Town Hall will be held in Mobile County at 10 a.m. at Tilman’s County Senior Center, 5863 Nevius Road, and one in Baldwin County at 2 p.m. at VFW Post 5660, 950 Nichols Avenue, Fairhope. Mobile County Magistrate Edward C. Blount, Jr. will provide opening remarks in Mobile County.  Judge Michelle Thomason, presiding judge of the new Baldwin County Veterans Court, will open the Town Hall in Baldwin County.

U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown: “Many returning veterans, some with disabilities earned in the service of their country, face discrimination on top of the tough job market.  Some find their former jobs are not waiting for them; some find employers unwilling to hire them if they have service-related disabilities.  Our office vigorously fights employment discrimination based on military service.”  Representatives from federal and state agencies and veterans groups will provide information about veterans’ rights and how to enforce them under the ADA and the Uniformed Services Employment & Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA).  Investigators will be present to take complaints.

“The Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative was created to ensure the Department of Justice uses every tool we can to guarantee the legal rights of the men and women who protect our country,”  said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery.  “I’m hopeful that this will be the first of many Town Halls as we continue to build a strong collaborative relationship between the Department of Justice and our partners in the federal and state government toward the common goal of supporting servicemembers, veterans, and their families.”

The sponsoring agencies are:

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO);
The Depratment of Justice’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (USAO);
United States Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section (DOJ);
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) of the Department of Defense;
State of Alabama Career Center;
Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Click here to download the Town Hall Flyer. (736.85 KB)

Updated June 1, 2015