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Few veterans working in congressional offices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --When it comes to hiring veterans for jobs on Capitol Hill, it seems to be a case of "do as I say, not as I do".

A survey found that veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the offices of the senators and representatives who responded.

Central Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers served 28 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and says there is one veteran on his staff. 

Part of the problem is the low pay for those who are hired.  He's hoping to convince others in Congress to shift resources and cut programs to improve pay.

Another factor, says Stivers, is that so few in Congress have actually served in the military themselves.  That number bottomed-out at less than 10 percent in 2008, but Stivers says it's been rising slowly since then.

Lawmakers this week unveiled a new fellowship program they hope will increase the number of veterans working on Capitol Hill. The deadline for applying is April 18.

Those chosen for the fellowships won't be paid, but it possible they could be provided with a stipend.  

You can get an application and more information here and emailing it to veterans.fellowship@mail.house.gov

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