During his first term in the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) has made reducing unemployment among veterans, especially Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, a personal mission.
His first legislation, the 2013 Troop Talent Act, established new standards to help active-duty service members attain civilian credentials for military skills to assist their transition into the workforce.
Kaine serves on the Armed Services Committee, a post has used to secure key Virginia priorities in the past two defense bills, including the refueling and overhaul of the Norfolk-based USS George Washington in the fiscal 2015 authorization bill that preserves the Navy’s fleet of 11 aircraft carriers and supports thousands of jobs across Hampton Roads. In the 114th Congress, Kaine became the ranking member of the panel’s Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee.
As Virginia’s governor, he established the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, with grant-making authority to lead statewide efforts to respond to the effects of BRAC. The organization’s funding was used to respond to encroachment challenges around Naval Station Norfolk and to build the BRAC Transition Center in Arlington to help thousands of affected defense employees in Northern Virginia.
For his efforts on behalf of transitioning veterans and support for Virginia’s defense communities, ADC selected Kaine to receive its Congressional Leadership Award. He was recognized along with the other Defense Community Awards winners at the ADC Awards Breakfast yesterday on Capitol Hill.