Senate Advances Bill to Boost Veterans’ Job Prospects
On the eve of Veterans Day, the Senate passed a measure that would make it easier for military veterans to reenter the workforce.
The provisions aiding veterans were attached as an amendment to legislation repealing a law requiring the government to withhold 3 percent of most payments made to contractors. The entire package, H.R. 674, passed the Senate, 95-0, and it likely will pass in the House, which is expected to take it up next week.
The veterans provisions, which combine components of the president’s jobs plan and measures sponsored in the House and Senate, are intended to combat the high unemployment rate for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation would:
- make the Transition Assistance Program — an interagency workshop coordinated by Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs — mandatory for separating service members to help them find civilian jobs through resume writing workshops and career counseling;
- work with states to create a licensing and credentialing standard for returning service members to break down the barriers to find meaningful employment in their military occupations; and
- provide a tax credit of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been looking for a job for more than six months, as well as a $2,400 credit for veterans who are unemployed for more than four weeks, but less than six months; it also provides a tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for a job for more than six months.
Read more in the Washington Post.