U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz is seeking a wounded or disabled veteran for a two-year paid fellowship program in his Palm Coast district office.
The veteran selected for the special fellowship will work with military and veteran constituents to handle veteran-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state and local agencies, according to a news release from the congressman’s office. The full-time fellowship comes with an annual stipend of $39,000 to $52,000.
The congressman’s office is at 31 Lupi Court, Suite 130, Palm Coast.
“Our veterans deserve the strongest commitment to their ongoing care and issues affecting them,” Waltz, R-St. Augustine, said in a written statement. “I’m proud our district is currently served by two veterans in our office in General Ernie Audino, U.S. Army (Ret.), our District Director and Captain Randy Stapleford, U.S. Navy (Ret.) serving our veteran community. This fellowship program will serve to strengthen this link between our military and veteran constituents and our government to ensure our military men and women have people working hard to help them navigate the government bureaucracy.”
Waltz currently serves as a Green Beret in the Army National Guard.
The U.S. House of Representatives established the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program to provide opportunities for wounded and/or disabled veterans to work for Congress.
Wherever possible, those selected for the program will be given the opportunity to transition into full-time employment, according to Military.org. However, full-time employment is not guaranteed at the end of the two-year fellowship.
The program is limited to veterans who meet all of the following requirements:
- Have been honorably discharged
- Have been released from active duty within the last five years
- Terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3
- Twenty percent or greater service connected disabilities (waived for Purple Heart recipients)
Veterans who are receiving a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization, or TERA, retirement are not eligible for the program.
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