Friday, February 17, 2012


State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-8) announced the appointment of Jonathan Axel Tate as 8th District Community & Veterans Outreach Coordinator. He is based out of Rep. Ford’s Oak Park Constituent Service Office, 816 South Oak Park Avenue.
    Tate has served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Army. He is currently serving in the Illinois Army National Guard.
    “The unemployment rate among our nation’s military veterans is a serious issue,” says Ford. “We owe it to the men and women of our Armed Forces to provide sufficient work opportunities for the next transition of their careers. Tate has served our great country and I feel confident that his military experience can help improve outreach to veterans and the entire 8th District.”
    According to the Department of Labor, one in three veterans was unemployed in the first quarter of 2011. Rep. Ford seeks to increase the number of veterans who are employed and he has introduced the Veterans State Employment Plan (HB3787) that aims to improve overall state employment and provide services to veterans in Illinois. The bill has bipartisan support with 48 cosponsors.
    For information on services, programs, and other assistance available to veterans, call either of Rep. Ford’s offices: 708/445-3673 or 773/378-5902.

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