United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today voted for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. This critical legislation will give our veterans the training they need to help transition their military skills to civilian jobs, while providing incentives to employers to hire returning service members. This legislation, which Sen. Landrieu cosponsored, passed by a vote of 94 -- 1.
"After sacrificing to protect our country's safety and security, our brave service men and women deserve every opportunity for employment when they return home. Unfortunately, far too many of our veterans are returning home to a different kind of fight -- the struggle to find a job in these difficult economic times. This is unacceptable and it is our duty to solve this problem," Sen. Landrieu said. "The VOW to Hire Heroes Act gives our returning veterans the support and training they need to successfully transition back into civilian life and obtain gainful employment. This Veterans Day, this legislation is a wonderful way to honor our highly capable, brave military men and women."
This weekend, Sen. Landrieu will mark Veterans Day by visiting with brave Louisianians who dedicate their lives to military service at a series of events throughout the state.
The VOW to Hire Heroes Act:
Expands education and training opportunities for older veterans by providing nearly 100,000 unemployed veterans of past eras and wars with up to one-year of additional Montgomery GI benefits to go towards education or training programs at community colleges or technical schools for high-demand jobs.
Makes the Transition Assistance Program (TAP)--an interagency workshop coordinated by Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs--mandatory for service members moving on to civilian life to help them secure 21st century jobs through resume writing workshops and career counseling.
Provides disabled veterans up to one-year of additional Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.
Works with the 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.
Allows service members to begin the federal employment process prior to separation in order to facilitate a truly seamless transition from the military to jobs at VA, Homeland Security or the many other federal agencies in need of our veterans.
Strengthens the protections for members of the National Guard and Reserve in the workforce to minimize hostile work environments.
Provides a tax credit of up to $5,600 to employers 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. 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.