Former U.S. Representative to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training Service
Washington – President Obama today announced that he is nominating former U.S. Representative Mike Michaud for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Veterans Employment and Training Service at the Department of Labor (DOL-VETS).
Mr. Michaud had been a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 until the 114th Congress.
As the Democratic Representative from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Mr. Michaud had a large impact on veteran issues through his seat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He served as the Ranking Member of that Committee, as well as the Health Subcommittee. In his work in these positions he was a committed advocate for homeless veterans and the programs that serve them, especially on areas that addressed employment and education.
DOL-VETS is responsible for a wide range of veteran specific programs at the Department of Labor, including the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), Jobs for Veteran State Grants (JVSG), and Stand Downs. Last year they served 1.1 million veterans and helped them gain employment.
The position is currently held by Acting Assistant Secretary Teresa Gerton, who has held the position since the retirement of Assistant Secretary Keith Kelly earlier this year. Ms. Gerton had previously held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at DOL-VETS, and has been an impactful leader on the issue of veteran homelessness in both positions.
NCHV Executive Director Baylee Crone said of the nomination, “NCHV looks forward to the arrival of Mr. Michaud at DOL-VETS, and is excited to be re-gaining a partner with such a long history of committed advocacy on behalf of this country’s homeless veterans.”