Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Veteran Skills to Job Act Sails through Congress


Introduced on March 7, 2012, by Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA), the Veterans Skills to Job Act directs the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses, which includes licensing in aerospace, communications, energy, and maritime. (Many states already practice this.) The Act passed the House and the Senate last week and is now awaiting the President’s signature.

“Rather than forcing veterans to go through redundant training for jobs they are already qualified for, this legislation directs the head of each federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for federal license,” said Rep. Denham during House consideration. “Veterans with the relevant training would be eligible to receive a federal license and get back to work immediately.” In a blog post on The Washington Post, Eric Yoder explains that the bill has received strong support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and veterans’ organizations.

President Obama addressed the passage of the Act in a White House statement: “No veteran who fought for our nation overseas should have to fight for a job when they return home. That’s why I’m pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress have come together to pass legislation that will make it easier for veterans to put their skills to work . . . we must all continue our efforts to ensure that these talented men and women who would be an asset to any company have every opportunity to succeed after they serve our nation.”

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