Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Three New Bills Strengthen Veteran Resources

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, and Representative Carolyn McCarthy have all recently announced their endorsement of three new pieces of legislation aimed at helping provide education and job training for veterans and to streamlining the certification process for civilian jobs.  
  • The TAP Modernization Act of 2012 builds upon the VOW to Hire Heroes Act by making the newly mandatory TAP more accessible to all veterans and their spouses, including off base locations. Additionally, the Act requires the Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service to incorporate job search experts into TAP.
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill will be strengthened by the Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act of 2012 in that educational institutions receiving assistance will be held to common-sense requirements. Also, state agencies will be required to reach out more to veterans through activities like career fairs and training programs. The process for reporting Post-9/11 GI Bill will also be streamlined.
  • The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act of 2012 is being proposed as a way to eliminate the obstacles many veterans face in obtaining federal certification for the skills they acquired while serving in the military.
While announcing her support of the bills on May 4 at Adelphi University, Senator Gillibrand said, “Our young veterans have an unrivaled work ethic. You want an employee to show up on time? Hire a veteran. Want an employee to work as hard as he or she possibly can... someone who can make do with less, improvise when needed, and work under enormously stressful circumstances? Hire a veteran.”

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