September 27, 2018

Congressman Cárdenas: Aviation industry should hire more veterans


September 27, 2018
Contact: Bryan Doyle
(202) 225-6131


Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Tony Cárdenas released the following statement on the inclusion of his amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act calling for U.S. airlines to hire more veterans:

“Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices to defend the freedoms of all Americans and serve as the face of the United States across the world. They deserve our everlasting gratitude and a promise to support them after their service, just as they have supported us. Their experience in the field can also be extremely valuable in the public and the private sectors.

Months ago, when the plane she was flying experienced catastrophic engine failure, Captain Tammie Jo Shults, a veteran Navy pilot, calmly guided the plane to safety.  Her story is just one of many, but I think it is clear that the skills veterans have gained under pressure can save lives. That is why I am proud that my amendment, expressing a sense of Congress that the aviation industry should hire more veterans, cosponsored by Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), was adopted unanimously into the FAA Reauthorization that passed the House yesterday.”