U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after voting in support of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, legislation she cosponsored which aims to put unemployed veterans back to work:
"In a time when division and disagreement seem to have become the norm in Washington, it's good to see some bipartisan action to live up to the promises made to those who've served--especially as we prepare to recognize Veterans Day. Honoring our troops by ensuring they have job opportunities after they return home is a value that unites folks across Missouri and across the country. Now it's time for the House of Representatives to follow our lead and get this across the finish line."
Today's legislation would:
· provide tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed veterans
· make the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) mandatory for all separating servicemembers
· expand GI bill educational benefits for qualifying pre-9/11 veterans
· provide one additional year for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits (VR&E) for qualifying veterans
The legislation is fully paid for and will not add to the national deficit.
McCaskill attended a veterans jobs fair in St. Louis last month, where she called on Congress to put more veterans back to work through passing the Hire Heroes Act, on which this legislation was based, and also joined in the challenge posed to private businesses to put 100,000 unemployed veterans back to work in the next two years.