Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Introduces Legislation To Help Put Veterans Back To Work

The Troop Talent Act Of 2013 Would Help Facilitate The Transition Of Service Members From Active Duty To The Civilian Workforce & Reduce Unemployment For Veterans

Earlier This Month, Bustos Introduced An Amendment That Would Have Made It Easier For Veterans To Be Connected To Cybersecurity Jobs

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), along with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and other members of Congress, introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Troop Talent Act of 2013, which would help put veterans back to work.  The bill would improve the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment.  It would also allow Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) and the Post 9-11 GI Bill to be used on courses and programs that guarantee a credential or industry certification after successful completion.

“The brave veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve nothing but the best when they return home from overseas,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “This bipartisan bill would make it easier for veterans to translate the skills they learn in the military to the skills needed for gainful employment in the private sector once they are done with their service.  We have made progress in putting our veterans back to work, but the unemployment rate for them remains far too high and we must work together to bring it down.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served in the last ten years have a 9.2% unemployment rate, well above the national average.

A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).

Earlier this month, Bustos offered an amendment to H.R. 624, the bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection (CISPA) Act, that would boost job creation for veterans.  The amendment would have made it easier to connect veterans, many of whom already have security clearances, to jobs in the cybersecurity field.  This would not only have helped veterans find gainful employment, it would have also saved time and taxpayer money because many of these veterans would have no need to get additional and costly security clearances.