Survey: lawmakers hire few veterans for their personal staff; new program to help remedy that

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff.

The survey says veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded. The survey was conducted by HillVets, an organization of veterans serving in government.

To boost those numbers, lawmakers announce a new fellowship program. Under the program, veterans will be assigned to a lawmaker's office, where they will learn about the legislative process and how to assist constituents. The fellows will earn a certificate upon completing the program, which lawmakers say could give them an advantage in finding permanent work.