** Nixon Seeks The Assistance Of The TWA Chairman Concerning The Unemployment Rate of Vietnam Veterans **
37th President. Typed letter signed “RN” AS PRESIDENT, two page, 7×10.5, White House letterhead, July 1, 1971. Letter to the Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. as Chairman of Trans World Airlines (TWA), in full:
I am writing today about the alarming unemployment problems among the returning Vietnam veterans. Last week’s Department of Labor figures revealed that more than one in ten of those men in under thirty age group is unable to find work. In the Black community the figure jumps to a staggering rate of almost one in four, while the jobless figure among all non-veterans in the same age group is only about one in fourteen.
Service and sacrifice in the Armed Services must be appropriately recognized. I ask your support and action in giving these men, who have given so much for us, the opportunity they deserve. Two weeks ago I charged secretary Hodgson with the responsibility of directing the government’s efforts in this vital area, and this week John Harper pledged the support of the Nation Alliance of Businessmen in finding at least 100,000 jobs for these men.
It is my hope that you will enthusiastically support these programs, that you will take advantage of Veterans Administration On-the-Job training programs, and that you will make veterans preference the standard in all of your hiring practices. More can be done on every level. More must be done. A total effort on the part of the government, industry and the community is required; and I know that if we work together, the most difficult problem can be solved.
I earnestly solicit your comments concerning ways in which the government can improve its work in this important field. I would appreciate your writing me concerning successful programs at your level. We must work together to build an atmosphere in business and in the community which will return our veterans to productive and meaningful work, and give them the edge which they have so valiantly earned.
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CHARLES C. TILLINGHAST, JR (1911-1998) became President and CEO of Trans World Airlines following the ouster of Howard Hughes, and led the airline as it surpassed Pan Am as the nation’s leading air carrier and expanded into the hospitality industry. After leaving TWA, he was Chancellor of his alma mater, Brown University (1967-1978).
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