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Congressman Mike Simpson announces veteran fellowship for southern Idaho office

By: - September 23, 2022 4:00 am
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Flags at half mast at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, March 26, 2022. (Marisa Demarco/Source New Mexico)

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson announced in a press release Thursday that his Twin Falls district office will host two-year paid fellowships available to Idaho veterans through the Wounded Warrior Program.

Mike Simpson
Mike Simpson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999.

Those selected for the fellowship will work with military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state and local agencies, according to the press release.

The Wounded Warrior Program, also known as the Green & Gold Congressional Aide Program, was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for veterans within member offices, the press release said.

“Veterans bring a valuable perspective into any civilian workplace and often demonstrate exemplary integrity, discipline, and teamwork,” Simpson said in the release. “I am pleased to work with the House of Representatives to provide veterans an opportunity not only to further their own careers, but also to use their experiences and expertise to help the many veterans and military personnel in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District interact successfully with government agencies.”

To qualify, veterans must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be honorably discharged
  • Released from active duty within the last six years
  • Complete service at a pay grade at or below E-5, O-3, or W-2

Veterans promoted to the pay grades of E-6, O-4, or W-3 within six months of separation from active duty are eligible if they meet all other eligibility requirements. Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization retirement are not eligible for the program.

Interested veterans should visit and search “Green & Gold Congressional Aide Program” for information or apply directly at this link.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.