Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday welcomed Senate approval of a bill that will help Alabama's returning veterans find new jobs or start new businesses.
Known as the Heroes for Hire Act, House Bill 152 provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who hire recently deployed, and now discharged, unemployed veterans. The Act also creates a $2,000 income tax credit to recently deployed, and now discharged, unemployed veterans who launch their own businesses. The bill is sponsored by State Senator Tom Whatley and State Representative DuWayne Bridges.
"I look forward to signing this bill and helping our veterans who have faithfully served their country," Governor Bentley said. "We must not forget the sacrifices veterans have made, and we encourage employers to remember our veterans as they fill open positions. These men and women have worked hard for this country, and this is one way we can show our appreciation for their service."
The bill was approved by House members earlier in the legislative session.