U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today introduced a bill to create a pilot program to help veterans find jobs based on their military experience.
The bill, S. 3316, would set up a one-year pilot program at the Labor Department's One-Stop Centers to reform and streamline how veterans search online for jobs. The new search program would match veterans with available jobs based on the skills they've gained in the military, and employers would be able to post vacancies.
"As a member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, I am very concerned about the ability of veterans, including those returning from Afghanistan, to find good jobs during this economic downturn. This bill will allow the Labor Department to test a new program to help veterans connect with employers and maximize the skills they've learned in the military," Sen. Toomey said. "The courageous men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve to return home to a steady job, a paycheck and a promising future."
The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
"Our nation is experiencing record levels of sustained, high unemployment, and unfortunately, the veterans who courageously served our country are bearing the brunt of this as they return from war and struggle to find jobs in a hurting economy," Sen. Burr said. "By enabling employers to post jobs targeted to specific military occupations on a website that simultaneously allows veterans to search for jobs in line with the skills they acquired during their military service, we can better connect employers with veterans whose skills would enhance their companies."