Wounded Warrior Fellowship proposed for US Senate

PIERRE, S.D — Sen. Mike Rounds announced a proposal to establish a senate fellowship for wounded American veterans.

Working with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Sen. Rounds says the McCain-Mansfield Fellowship would offer each Senate office a fellow, which would last for two years. The positions could be in a senator’s state or Washington, D.C. office.

Sens. Rounds and Jones believe that the fellowship will help to support returning veterans in their transition back into civilian life, a transition that is difficult for both returning service members and their families. The McCain-Mansfield Fellowship would offer veterans with a service-connected disability the experience and exposure needed to broaden their career opportunities and contribute to a successful transition.

“America’s veterans have gained valuable insight and expertise throughout their service to our nation,” said Rounds. “Our legislation would establish a program that can help veterans use those skills to help constituents and shape important policy that impacts the heroes who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It also creates future employment opportunities for veterans once their fellowship is over and makes sure that the perspectives and concerns of veterans are continually added to the Senate workforce.”

Sen. Rounds also mentioned the gratitude he has for the veterans working in his office, saying that their “unique perspective” as veterans has helped him.

There is already a Wounded Warriors Fellowship program in the House of Representatives, but the McCain-Mansfield Fellowship will be the first of its kind in the Senate.

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