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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Bill Would Help Young Veterans Enter Civilian Workforce

  • May 11, 2011
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All service members leaving the military would be provided broad jobs skills training, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The measure is intended to address the high unemployment rate, more than 27 percent, among veterans from the ages of 20 to 24. The 2011 Hiring Heroes Act would require departing personnel to participate in the Transition Assistance Program, a workshop sponsored by the Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs departments. That program now is required only for Marines, reported CQ Today.

The legislation also would create new direct federal hiring authority so that more service members have jobs waiting for them the day they leave the military.

“This bill will require that our service members get the training they need to translate the skills they learned in the military into the working world. It will also provide faster pathways to private sector and federal employment so our veterans aren’t left in limbo after they leave the military,” Murray said.

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