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IRS Hires More Than 1,000 Veterans for Three Consecutive Years, One-Third Disabled Veterans Back to news
Friday, June 18, 2010

June 17, 2010 - Washington: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, with exclusive Senate jurisdiction over taxes, today released new numbers from the Internal Revenue Service, showing the agency has hired more than 1,000 military veterans each of the last three years.            

"The IRS deserves credit for recognizing the value of military veterans," Grassley said.  "By seeking out these men and women, the agency is getting capable employees to serve the taxpayers and the country in a new capacity from their military service."

Beginning in 2008, Grassley succeeded in persuading the IRS to increase its hiring of veterans. At Grassley’s urging, the agency hired more than 1,000 veterans in 2008 and 2009, per a verbal commitment Grassley secured from the IRS commissioner during his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing. Today, the IRS gave Grassley a full accounting for Fiscal Year 2009 and the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2010 (the fiscal year ends Sept. 30):

FY 2008
1,203 or 7 percent of new hires 
(364 were disabled veterans)*
FY 2009
1,669 or 9 percent of new hires
(528 were disabled veterans)*
FY 2010 to date
1,109 or 10 percent of new hires
(398 were disabled veterans)*

* refers to veteran new hires receiving preference based on a service-connected disability