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Simpson's Bill to Boost Veteran Employment Passes the U.S. House and Senate

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Simpson's Bill to Boost Veteran Employment Passes the U.S. House and Senate

Legislation introduced by Idaho Representative Mike Simpson and Senator Larry Craig to provide military men and women stationed overseas help in finding jobs once they return home, has passed both the House and Senate. The Veteran's Benefit's Improvement Act of 2005, S. 1235, was approved by the Senate on September 29, 2005, and last night the U.S. House of Representatives approved the legislation with no opposition.

Simpson's bill was rolled into Craig's Senate bill, S. 1235. The website www.hirevetsfirst.gov (Hire Vets First) is the result of Simpson's legislation, the Jobs for Veterans Act, Public Law 107-288, which established the President's National Hire Veterans Committee within the Department of Labor and authorized the Secretary of Labor to appoint its members.

"Many of our military men and women have struggled to make contact with future employers while in the service," said Simpson. "The President's National Hire Veterans Committee is reaching out to assist veterans in connecting with employers so they are able to find jobs when they leave the military; this is something we need to do for our servicemen and women."

The Hire Vets First webpage benefits employers and veterans. Employers can access the One-Stop-Career-Center, learn how to be a vet-friendly employer, and view reports for equivalent civilian occupations, wages and employment trends. Veterans can take advantage of job boards, resume writing assistance, and the military skills translator.


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